Author:
Tamara Mouw
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Education
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Adult Education
Grade:
Adult
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  • Black History
  • Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • Equity
  • School Integration
  • U.S. History
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    Group Notes from Incomplete Integration Conference

    Group Notes from Incomplete Integration Conference

    Overview

    Following the morning and afternoon sessions, participants gathered in small breakout groups, facilited by someone who was trained by Nehemiah, to process the learning, reflect, and determine action steps to make more integrated lerning spaces.

    Collective Notes from Small Group Breakout Discussions

    Following the morning and afternoon sessions, participants gathered in small breakout groups, facilited by someone who was trained by Nehemiah, to process the learning, reflect, and determine action steps to make more integrated lerning spaces.

    Morning and Afternoon Sessions  

    • Dr. Alex Gee kicked off the event with his personal story.
    • Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings provided a lecture on the history of school segregation and how even in 2019 schools have not completely integrated. 
    • A speaker panel of Black educators and family members spoke about education today through their perspectives.

    Small Group Action Steps to Address our Schools' Incomplete Integration:

    1. Give every student and family the opportunity to tell their own story
    2. Use an anti-racism journal for accountability
      1. What bias did I notice?
      2. What did I work through?
      3. How did I disrupt racism?
    3. Practice mindfulness
    4. Use inspiring quotes as reminder
    5. Use student input to plan lessons
    6. Increase family connection/communication
    7. Have an accountability buddy
    8. Relate to parents and caretakers
    9. Provide equal opportunities for advanced course
    10. Prepare all kids for what to expect
    11. Ensure that curriculum matches students' need and cultures
    12. Celebrate and recognize all cultures
    13. Support teachers with restorative circles, mediation, and mindfulness to help them build relationships with students and parents
    14. Foster clear, open, honest, real communication between all parties
    15. Be open to change: ideas/opinions-laws/rules-way of life
    16. Call out racist "Uncle Bud" at Thanksgiving!
    17. Learn, accept, and love people from different cultures
    18. Reach out and get involved in the community
    19. Engage with people when they make racist or prejudiced remakes, [politely not divisively] eg “tell me more about that”
    20. Be understanding and open and loving to all students
    21. Intentionally make friends with people of other races and backgrounds
    22. Ask groups + families what success looks like of them
    23. Have guest speakers: kids need to here about personal experiences
    24. Have discussions in homeroom / advisory; listen to music
    25. Don’t be afraid to voice the other side of the story open to change
    26. In teaching history, use books with true details
    27. White people need to take responsibility for our own: educate other white people find our own resources, etc
    28. Enlighten ourselves by learning about US institutional racism
    29. Offer classes at high school with more representation: Black history/Literature/Music
    30. Organize young people; empower them
    31. Support systemic governmental change, so vote, campaign, call your senator, etc
    32. Build acceptance of differences form very young
    33. Involve entire communities
    34. Educate yourself on integration and culturally diverse students
    35. Be open and willing to talk about the realties
    36. Examine systems of educations: Do we continue to do how we always have?
    37. Learn the history of early African civilizations to reframe our biases
    38. Use universal screeners for advanced/AP/honor courses and not culturally biased ones
    39. Educate more on the history of how we got here
    40. Create a collective movement where each individual is responsible and accountable for equity
    41. Mobilize white privilege for the greater good; must be willing to give up privileges to do the “hard things”
    42. Ensure equal access to building blocks of education
    43. Do a lot of listening before acting
    44. Listen to POC; believe their stories; elevate their voices; and put your $ where your mouth is
    45. Acknowledge past faults, sins, shortcomings
    46. Share info with others - teach others
    47. Problem solve with student
    48. Increase students' prosocial behavior [awareness and acceptance of different cultures] as measured by a reduction in harassment reports
    49. Host Black History Month activites
    50. Provide guidance/ PBiS  lessons regarding  n-/r- word and other problematic behaviors
    51. Host guest experts
    52. Prioritize parental engagement and community building; engage Black families in the discussion
    53. Teach students how to critically analyze social media content
    54. Teaching choice and voice
    55. Elevate civics education to create advocacy
    56. Integrate at every level
    57. People making policy need to be the people most affected
    58. Hold the same expectations for all
    59. Create “Homeplace” in learning environments