Principals at Portland Public Schools are beginning the school year with intensive staff trainings to help educators understand their own "white privilege" -- the idea being that afterward, they can change their teaching practices and sensitivity to other cultures to boost minority students' performance.
Take PBJs, for instance:
"What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?" says Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School.
"Another way would be to say: 'Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?' Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita."
Hmmm... points for trying?