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Difficult and Bold Equity & Social Justice Dialogues

Supports for Difficult Conversations & Dialogues

Based upon acts of violence and terror across our nation and world, we often find ourselves in need of support systems to engage in difficult dialogues with family, friends, colleagues, and most importantly, students. This site will go through multiple iterations and changes, but it is designed to provide resources to assist educators, students, and families with difficult conversations, processing, and modalities for healing.

During the month of July (2016) the nation was made aware of and witnessed the unarmed shootings and killings of African American men by police, the murders of 8 police officers, and forms of division resulting from our current Presidential election process. Now  as our students return from summer break, it is after the horrible and murderous events in Charlottesville and on the University of Virginia campus. All of the tragedy and trauma experienced and displayed through media and the news, does not just impact our personal lives in SLZUSD, the results simultaneously and deeply affect the lives of our students and families. Utilizing this site places you in touch with quick resources to assist educators, students, and families with tools to understand tough issues (that often deal with race) and engage/confront the difficult dialogues, for the purpose of moving into thoughtful action, generating healing. 


"Action without reflection is meaningless activity. Reflection without action is mere academia"  (Peter Reason, 1988). Palou Freire once said "It is not enough for people to come together in dialogue in order to gain knowledge of their social reality. They must act together upon their environment in order to critically reflect upon their reality and so transform it through further action and critical reflection.” Dr. Freire also said, "If the structure does not permit dialogue, the structure must be changed."
 

SLZUSD Anti-Bias Framework: We, the educators of the San Lorenzo Unified School District, are committed to working daily to interrupt, disrupt, and dismantle systems that act to replicate historical inequalities and commit to examining systemic, institutional, and individual biases that make us complicit in that replication. As a result, students will become creative, collaborative, compassionate, resilient, well-informed and socially responsible advocates for equity and social justice as a result of their education, experience and support from educators, families and the community.


SLZUSD Equity Mission Statement: Equity in the San Lorenzo Unified School district is acknowledging historical biases and changing the way they are addressed in terms of closing achievement and opportunity gaps. We define our approach to the work of equity as providing for each student the academic, emotional and social supports needed to increase the achievement of underserved subgroups at an accelerated rate while additionally increasing overall student performance.

 

Articles and Resources for Conversational Supports & Healing:

 

2017-2018

2016-2017

Videos:

SLZUSD Equity Wheel

SLZUSD Equity Wheel

Bold Dialogues in Praxis

Join the Conversations

Join the Conversations
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