Difficult and Bold Equity & Social Justice Dialogues
Supports for Difficult Conversations & Dialogues
Based on acts of violence and terror across our nation and world, we are often 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.
"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:
- Resources for Educators to Use in the Wake of Charlottesville
- The Statue at the Center of Charlottesville's Storm
- What U. Va. Students Saw in Charlottesville
- White Nationalists March on University of Virginia
- A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice
- Resources for Educators Focusing on Anti-Racist Learning and Teaching
- A Call to Action for the Public Education ALL California's Students Deserve
- There is no Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times
- How Am I Supposed to Confront White Supremacy and Racism on the First Day of School?
- Dr. Judith Pace (University of San Francisco): The Benefits of Bringing Controversial Issues into the Classroom
- AT&T CEO Calls for Dialogue on Racial Tensions: 'Tolerance is for Cowards'
- Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2016 (National Institution for Educational Statistics)
- Black and Brown Boys Don't Need to Learn Grit; They Need Schools to Stop Being Racist
- Cecile Jones (Teaching Tolerance): Here We Go Again
- Race and Overreaction: On the Streets and in Schools
- What the Data Really Says About Police & Racial Bias
- Bias Isn't Just a Plolice Problem, It's a Pre-school Problem
- The School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Valerie Strauss: Teaching About Race, Racism, and Police Violence: Resources for Educators and Parents
- Teaching About Police Brutality in the Classroom: From Pain to Poetry
- Teaching About Race, Racism & Police Violence
- Aida Manduley, MSW (this resource is loaded): The Ferguson Master Post: How to Argue Eloquently & Back Yourself Up with Facts
- Redefining Race Relations: It Begins At Home
- Black Boys Viewed as Older, Less Innocent Than Whites, Research Finds
- 20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions with Anxious or Defiant Teens
- Donovan X. Ramsey: White Noise in the 'Conversation' About Race
- American Psychological Association: Resources for Coping with Police Shooting, Terrorism, Anxiety
- How Much News Coverage is OK for Children?
- Is Punishment Still the Name of the Game?
- Jabari Parker #12 (NBA Forward for the Milwaukee Bucks) Chicago
- How White Americans' Hatred of Racism Actually Supports Racism Instead of Solves It
- Dear America: Meet My White Boss that Talks About Race
- My White Boss Talked About Race in America and This is What Happened
- The Building Blocks of Learning
- How Kids Learn Resilience
- The Real Reason White People Say 'All Lives Matter'
- Talking About Race, Learning About Racism: 'The Application of' Racial Identity Development in the Classroom
- 49ers' Colin Kaepernick Sat During national Anthem and Sparked National Debate; Whats Your Contribution? (Marcus Thompson II)
- Website Resource: Futures Without Violence
- Teaching To and Through Cultural Diversity (Dr. Geneva gay)
- Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy, A Trip to the Grocery Store
- Mirrors of Privilege: Transracial Adoption ("The Power of Silence")
- Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible pt 3
- Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible pt 4
- Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings)
- Glenn Singleton: Courageous Conversations About Race
- Pedro Noguera: How Do Schools Promote Equity Among Students?
- Brené Brown: Embracing Vulnerability
- The Consciousness Gap in Education: An Equity Imperative (Dorinda Carter Andrews)
- Creating a Culturally Responsive Community with Dr. Sharroky Hollie
- Reality Pedagogy (Christopher Emdin)
- Race Forward Website & Resources
- Paideia (Dr. Cornel West)
- On Intersectionality (Keynote) Dr. Kimberlé W. Crenshaw