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Courageous Conversations Thursday evenings - Shared screen with speaker view
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
29:56
Thank you Holly for your kind remarks. And thank you all for being here.
Kristen Endris
40:28
Owning personal biases; questioning when needed
Holly Atkins
41:00
Agreed -- it starts with us.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
41:03
yes!
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
41:08
Speaking truth and including history
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
41:59
Culturally Responsive Leadership is HARD work
Vanessa Wood
42:10
Effective leaders need to know and understand their people and meet them where they are. The goal is student growth. Reflexive practitioners continually work toward their personal growth as well.
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
42:18
It’s good trouble
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
42:33
Celebrating those differences that make us diverse. Understanding and addressing those barriers that may impact those students.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
43:02
as leaders we have to be resilient and confront the challenging situations and be advocates
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
43:31
We can't give up or tire of working toward it
Renee Sedlack
45:07
Leaders should seek to understand that people do things differently. It is not that one way is better than another; it’s just different. Modeling that understanding and seeking to learn about others makes a strong leader.
Kristen Endris
45:10
The pandemic has shed the light on the inequities of internet access for sure. My heart broke for students and families as they wanted to access the Zoom sessions but could not due to technology needs.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
46:14
Good point Kristen! But also beyond access, knowledge of technology, enough technology, priority of schooling vs livelihood and daily needs
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
46:57
"EVERY child deserves a champion who will never give up on them, who understands the CONNECTION and insists they become the best they can be." - Rita Pierson
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
47:47
Yes Rachel, and she also says kids don't learn from people they don't like and we have to embrace them and build relationships as educators it's our responsibility.
Renee Sedlack
47:51
Kristen, you are right. This pandemic has shown us that we need to do more for children and families to level the playing field.
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
47:56
I asked my diversity class today to tell me the year in school that they had their first teacher of color. Many said never.... college students, never having had a teacher of color, in 2021.
Holly Atkins
48:56
Rita Pearson
Jenny Lee
49:52
Dr. Hernandez, that is a true point, I was in middle school before I had my first male teacher and two years later my first teacher of color.
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
51:12
Jenny, this question had never crossed my mind before, but looking back, I don't remember EVER having a teacher of color before college.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
51:16
I remind my students every chance I get that not speaking English is not a disability or a deficit
Vanessa Wood
51:49
I had a powerful teaching moment behind language last year. It was amazing.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
52:48
Tell us Vanessa
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
52:54
what was it?
Vanessa Wood
54:33
One of my girls was making fun of her in-class partner because he misspelled a common word. She was quite confident that she knew Spanish well. I called both students to my desk and had the boy start talking to her in Spanish. She did not make it past hello. Then I pointed out he has double the work because he has to translate the Spanish in his head into English before he wrote. SHe got the point, and it was great.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
55:05
That's a great example Vanessa, thank you for sharing
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
55:34
Simply having a multicultural library in your classroom! In 2012, a study found that 95% of classroom libraries are books from the white perspective. Provide a DIVERSE range of books with stories that reflect various cultures, religions, ethnicities, so that students can identify with the stories. These stories spark meaningful conversations!
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
55:42
Recognizing the cultural wealth of communities is key. We have to be willing to learn
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
56:17
Dr. Hernández that is so sad.
Vanessa Wood
56:26
I always had my students recommend books and that is what I requested from the book fair.
Holly Atkins
56:26
Such an important shift away from a deficit mindset.
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
56:56
Yes Holly!!
Kristen Endris
57:01
Agreed Dr. Ebony and brining leaders from the community especially those from different religious backgrounds.
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
57:21
Yes!!!
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
58:09
Love that, Renee!
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
58:21
Renee! That’s awesome.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
58:21
I was going to say that Dr Sedlack! For you to share your church attendance
Holly Atkins
58:59
Power shift.
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
59:40
It’s hard to keep up walls when sharing lives together. We are meant to do life together.
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:00:24
Yes, Dr. Perez! So True!
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
01:01:35
PD that is applied and not just listening
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:02:59
Right Georgina, no more "sit and get!" PD that is relevant to the needs of the teachers and students. No more, "one size fits all."
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
01:03:34
Dr. Hernández yes.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
01:03:35
we individually have to be advocates and speak out against inappropriate action
Vanessa Wood
01:04:09
I think one of my biggest assets in the classroom is that I worked in other industries, including the military, before entering the classroom. The life experience helps me a lot with my kids.
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
01:04:09
We need that across the curriculum and practice
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:09:41
Thank you!
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
01:09:42
This is why knowing our history is so important. The tapestry of America is made up of Asian, black, First Nations people, Latin, white and more.
Renee Sedlack
01:10:09
Shiela, thank you so much.
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:10:55
Yes, Dr. Aefsky!
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
01:11:36
This quote is powerful
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:13:48
Two steps forward, one step back. We need to keep taking those steps forward and not get "comfortable" thinking that change is happening and then let up. My students had not heard about the LA Riots in the 90s. One student said "ya'll had BLM back in the day and STILL didn't get things fixed?"
Holly Atkins
01:16:10
"Seek first to understand...then to be understood."
Fern Aefsky
01:16:24
the economic disparity during pandemic also impacted cultural communities. I was told today about a wealthy community in CT where parents paid to put an air filter system in the local elementary public school so those kids attended school safely all year-just one example
Jenny Lee
01:16:36
Holly, that's a good quote.
Holly Atkins
01:16:53
Stephen Covey
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:16:57
Yes. I love now that their are numerous children's books about hair. "Don't touch my hair" "My hair is magic" "Hair like Mine..."
Brenda Batts
01:17:03
Great quote
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:17:05
*there
Vanessa Wood
01:17:30
I am glad there are books for multi-racial children too.
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:17:54
Frank has a great story...
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
01:18:03
Give it up Frank
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:18:07
Go Frank..
Jenny Lee
01:18:08
when building a diverse library also add books about students with disabilities.
Holly Atkins
01:18:42
Brown Girl Dreaming and anything by Jacqueline Woodson
Vanessa Wood
01:18:43
My daughter has one where the lead character is saved by a child in a wheelchair. It was beautiful.
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
01:19:37
I've been with my husband in elevators and people either walk out or clutch purses, it's real stuff
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:19:48
Yes... he woke me up...
Dr. Ebony Perez, MSW (she/her/ella)
01:20:05
Vanessa i need that book
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:20:20
We called it FRANKSGIVING
Moneque Walker-Pickett
01:20:40
Vanessa do you have the book title?
Vanessa Wood
01:20:49
May saves the day
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
01:21:08
I miss teaching the diversity class because of the conversations we have
Vanessa Wood
01:21:54
My favorite one for biracial children is Mixed Me
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:22:15
Thank you, Dr. Moore!
Georgina Rivera-Singletary
01:22:28
Thank you Dr. Moore, this was great!
Sheila Moore
01:22:33
Thank you everyone!!!
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:22:35
Yes, Dr. Aefsky! That's fantastic!
Dr. Ed Dadez
01:22:44
Thank you so much!
Nancy Wood
01:22:48
Thank you Dr. Moore!
Brenda Batts
01:22:49
Thanks for the learning, Dr. Moore
Dr. Rachel Hernandez
01:23:11
Thank you all!
Holly Atkins
01:23:14
Thank you all!