Week of April 19, 2021

Dear Families,

This afternoon, our staff came together to think about selecting read alouds and facilitating discussions to support our ABAR (Anti-bias, anti-racist) teaching goals.  We brainstormed how interactive read alouds can engage students in thinking and discussing issues of identity, differences, injustice, bias, racism, and action, and work toward feeling comfortable leading explicit conversations around discrimination, race, and inequality.  Read alouds offer powerful ways for us to “see” ourselves and others.  Educators name this as “windows,” stories that show us something different from our lived experiences and “mirrors,” stories that mirror our lived experiences - for example, characters that look like us, have family structures like us, practice traditions us.  

The urgency of this work is as pressing as ever in light of the recent police killings of 20-year-old Duante Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo and the increase in anti-Asian violence during the pandemic.  We all need spaces to process these current events.  To this end, I encourage all of our parents of color and white parents of children of color to join our monthly BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) support group.  The next meeting is Thursday, April 22 at 5 PM.  Here’s the link to register.  

With Love,

Dyanthe

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