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Superintendent's Message

Coronavirus Updates

Updates, Recordings and Resources

June 11, 2020

Dear Families:

We find ourselves facing the last week of school and its many celebrations happening in unique formats while we discuss the very important topics of racism, wellness, and planning for the unknowns of the fall.  We are so grateful for the engagement and support.

If you were not able to attend this week’s webinars about talking with children about race, I hope you will watch the recordings which are posted here:  https://www.concordps.org/superintendent/cultural-competency-anti-racism/.  The nights were both very powerful and have had a lasting impact on those of us in attendance.  At the bottom of this email, I’ve included the resources shared during those nights.

Another article of interest was shared with me about a METCO alumni and the related challenges:  https://medium.com/@rnagarajah2/reflections-from-a-token-black-friend-2f1ea522d42d

The District COVID-19 Task Force met yesterday.  The recording of the meeting is posted here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vTZaX-7axgJCuavf-D5YM946cu6e9qjjXhRcg7QGRwQ/edit?usp=sharing

The Virtual Coffee will be held tomorrow at 3 pm.

I am off to the second awards ceremony of the week only to be followed by 4 car parades next week for all grade 5 and 8 students!

Have a good night.

Best,

Laurie

 

How to Speak to Children About Racism Resources:

http://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/

https://www.pbs.org/education/blog/a-call-to-action-for-white-educators-who-seek-to-be-anti-racist?fbclid=IwAR2v6JzHsWo5JnELavtxplcUnrPzHyicoJ8mmw2f_3y6D7njk4mgFiuK4Fg

https://www.educolor.org/resources/

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k3MU1eo_aikM6H6pLte9LmEctRQRRrJUAVWNW8RrVe4/edit?userstoinvite=genetg%40gmail.com&ts=5edeb04a&actionButton=1

conscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/

https://www.embracerace.org/

Something Happened in Our Town (book)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=DzVkf2UpyqM

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (book)  https://anastasiahigginbotham.com/not-my-idea/