Walk and Roll to School will be cancelled if it's raining.
Auction this Saturday at Uptown.
Tix includes dinner, games, live entertainment, volunteers spots are still available
Big Garden work day coming up…
Minimum days coming up
Should of heard from teachers about conferences already
Spring break includes the Friday before
1st grade teachers….Lucker & Davis
Some topics from this year:
All about me
They incorporate writing, reading.talking. Everything is about the topic
Mr. Davis showing examples of the sky looking projects. Writing and art are incorporated. Chabot space and science center
Big push in 1st grade for reading and writing
Narrative writing…internal moments
Done non fiction writing.
Choosing something they are experts on.
They work on catchy beginnings and then chapters.
If you know anyone who is not returning next year they should let the school know.
Special guest speaker….. Dr.Vajra Watson author of The Black Sonrise
From Bay Area /graduated from Berkeley High
OUSD commitment to address and eliminate institutionalized racism
MDP-Manhood Development Program
Ecosystem of oppression
Fosters dichotomy between whites and nonwhites
Is it dangerous for a child to go to school here. Most dangerous for African American boys
1 person was hired-
aligned himself with community of elders.
Asked the kids what they wanted. Kids felt like they didn’t have any allies
Able to hire instructors for manhood development
Now in 17 schools / 650 students
GPA increase 2.12
Create a safe space for children at school
Recruit and retain male mentors and educators
Utilize a culturally relevant curriculum based upon a pedagogy of brotherhood.
When asked to describe being a young black male in America in 3 words…
Scared hiding survival
Underestimated under-appreciated alone
Dangerous humbling targets
Hard poverty poor
Hard unfair scary
Mistreated life hard
Feared not respected
Lonely broke oppression
After the program-
How do I see myself…
I am a miracle in disguise.
I am the victorious one.
I am the chosen one.
I am the American Dream.
I am unstoppable.
The sickness and the solution are one and the same.
“If the youth are not initiated into the village they will burn it down to feel it's warmth”
Program is elementary-high school
How to prepare our kids for these conversations?
What is productive?
Very direct conversation, with the school and other parents.
We can either further the trauma or heal
Next step: Working on systems change for social justice.
We need to expand the narrative so that it's not just African American males that understand what they have to offer.
Why are there not more male African American teachers?
If you want to better understand black people you have to have a better understanding of history.
The problem of racism is white people. When we study racism we study people of color???? How does that make sense?
Have more ownership over your expressions. Be conscious of who you are to others and how you are to others.
Learn what it means to be white.
Helping your child…teach that we can all be extraordinary, that the extraordinary people that we learn about are/were normal people who did extraordinary things.
Black history month is often taught to make it seem like blacks are victims. That's not healthy.
How to talk about race with your kids….YOU TALK ABOUT IT.