Identity and Choices The last two lessons of this unit demonstrated how outside factors such as names, labels, and assumptions can influence identity. One goal of this lesson is to help students become more self-aware and realize that they have the opportunity to make choices about who they are. Sometimes the choices a person makes, consciously or unconsciously, can affect how others perceive that person.
Podcast — The Story Collider Thank you to our listeners, storytellers, workshop participants, sponsors, donors, and funders. We couldn't do this without you! The Story Collider is supported by Lyda Hill Philanthropies, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, The Tiffany & Co. HuffPost is now a part of Verizon Media In response to just about any story about how to raise anti-racist children or about the pain Black parents feel having “the talk” with their young children before they feel ready often comes the familiar refrain: “I’m teaching my children that we don’t see color.” Or, “In my family, we don’t ‘see race.’” Or, “In my home, we’re ‘colorblind.’” Experts have known and said for years that this “colorblind” ideology doesn’t work. Yet it persists, often among white families who believe that by saying they don’t notice race they are embracing diversity. But as poet Nayyirah Waheed has written: “Never trust anyone who says they do not see color.
Elevating Student Voice Through Senior Talks Given the amount of time we’re spending teaching online—and thinking about the upcoming school year—any small steps we can take to make our virtual classrooms more relational, engaging, and supportive are important. While teachers and students benefit from restorative practices as an alternative to exclusionary discipline practices, they thrive when restorative principles are applied holistically to everything we do in schools—from how we deliver our lessons to the everyday connections we make with our students. In fact, lasting whole-school change requires that we shift from doing restorative to actually being restorative. But what does this look like and sound like in an online class? Covid-19 has brought with it a greater need for this restorative and trauma-informed approach. Even a short pause for a check-in goes a long way to settle the elevated stress levels and experiences of isolation, and this leads to more learning.
Circulating Ideas – the librarian interview podcast Steve chats with Stephanie Chase and Hillary Ostlund from Hillsboro (OR) Public Library, about their paths to librarianship, working with a diverse community, going deskless, and blowing up their organizational structure. Read the transcript. Stephanie Chase is the Director of Libraries for the City of Hillsboro, Oregon. With more than twenty years of experience in local and municipal government, serving communities ranging from the small and rural in New England, resort communities, and some of our largest urban centers on both the east and west coasts, Stephanie is an accomplished innovator and change leader, with significant experience leading organizational design and effectiveness and community engagement initiatives. Hillary Ostlund is a Manager for the City of Hillsboro’s Library department.
Movies, Shows, and Documentaries to Watch to Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice Storytelling has played a crucial role in Black American history. Andrea Collier, a Black author and multimedia journalist from Lansing, Michigan, spoke recently on the importance of storytelling within the Black community. “Stories, including the razor-edged ones of lynchings and segregation, are the ties that bind us. So are the stories of being brought up in segregated neighborhoods, traveling through the South knowing where you could and couldn’t go. There is no question that storytelling for black America is a way of saying I am here and I matter,” she wrote for UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Magazine.
Lesson Plan: Identity: Defining Self, Choosing Friends Download the Lesson Plan Jump to: In this lesson, students explore the factors that influence self-identity, which frequently evolves as adolescents negotiate life's circumstances to find and secure their places in the world. The video clips provided with this lesson are from Only the Young, a film that follows three unconventional Christian teenagers coming of age in a small Southern California town. Skateboarders Garrison and Kevin and Garrison's on-and-off girlfriend, Skye, wrestle with the eternal questions of youth: friendship, true love and the promise of the future.
Weeding is Fundamental On October 17th, 1989, the Oakland A’s were playing the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, but just as the game was kicking off—the television broadcast cut out. When the signal came back, it was no longer the baseball game. These were the early minutes of the Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck near Santa Cruz. It was the first major earthquake ever to be broadcast live on national TV. Part of the Bay Bridge had been destroyed.
Finally, A Powerful Guide to Antiracism for Younger Readers Popular books on antiracism (the belief that racial groups are equal) are on the rise. The powerful reception to Ibram X. Kendi’s landmark Stamped from the Beginning suggests that people are greatly interested in how racism works in our society. The fact that there are large groups of individuals who aim to understand and eventually help to dismantle oppression is inspiring and signals hope for the next decade of antiracist work. The only thing is, these antiracism books are nearly all geared toward adults.