Meeting 4 - February 23, 2021 - 5:30-7:30
Attendance: Dr. Aaron Johnson, Christine Guitar, Andrew Phillips, Kathleen Schneider, Marshall Collins, Marci Perthes, Angie Camp, David Richardson, Ali
Diane Burden, Amber Ochoa, .
5:30 Connector: What is your why?
Christine Guitar - Our inability to have these conversations in our schools is preventing students from having a more equitable future. Mentions a story from May 1863 during Civil War - white and black soldiers shared drinks from canteen… equality was possible then.
Angie Camp - All students deserve to feel welcomed in a learning environment where diversity is appreciated. This work should have been started years ago, but so thankful this incredibly important work is starting now . Have both a professional and personal perspective to hopefully enrich this work.
Ali Sullivan - There have been so many opportunities to help right wrongs. Ali’s part in helping to right wrongs is to take an active role. Maya Angelou - when you know better, you do better. I think we’re still figuring out what we don’t know and what we’re doing correctly.
Marci Perthes - All students and families should feel welcome by all members of our staff and students. Want to make sure their voice is being heard. Don’t just bring your voice to the table, bring the voices of others. Empower people to talk about equity issues.
David Richardson - We’re embedded in a community, but we also help shape it. There have been discouraging things happening in our community. We can take direct action. Will create tension. Tension will create opportunity and growth.
Kathleen Schneider - Boils down to love. “Glorious opportunity to inject love.” Harmony and love manner to her. It’s how she thrives.
Amber Ochoa - Professional - important for me to be a better voice for Native American
students. Will help me grow. Personal - growth… pleased that TCAPS is doing this.
Brooke Laurent - Special education - important that we look at students at what they can do and who they are. “Person first.” Want to make sure that children are raised such that they can contribute positively to the world.
Andy Phillips - Here because he was asked to be. So grateful he was asked. Sees our why as a Task Force to do more than just review curriculum, but to educate willing TCAPS staffers on equity issues.
Marshall Collins - at first it was for his kids. Recognizing that things haven’t changed much since he was a kid, he wants to contribute to a school system to make it better for all.
Marshall is on Governor’s task force for… Social Emotional/Mental Health/Racial Trauma
Housekeeping - updates
Ali talked about the books she was awarded. Christine G went to a conference on including BIPOC student voices. Marshall is bringing equity training to coaches in the region through the ISD.
Books - will be shipped to your school
Discussion - Rise of hate crimes targeting Asian Americans - did not get to this
Justice Leaders Collaborative - mentioned possibly bringing this group in to work with us starting in April
Equity Working Definition
6:00 Dr. Aaron Johnson - Spreading our message
When you enter a culturally responsive space or are engaging in an interaction, what makes you feel valued and accepted?
Greeting people by name - Aaron - we have people in our schools that have been there for years that we may not be saying names correctly. We need this in PowerSchool.
Being listened to (eye contact, etc)
What are some of the common things that schools do or advocate for regarding equity? What are the less common things that schools AVOID regarding equity.
Listen (sometimes act, sometimes not)
Need to get student voice more often! - Aaron mentions that in the training he did with staff, a student panel was included, sometimes critical feedback from them was offered.
ASK - students, staff, parents
Equity = access to students. Students have necessary resources. Can participate fully in school environment. Simultaneously have to dismantle, stand up, etc.
Aaron’s why - I believe - literacy/education is a civil and human right. Education has the power the change students’ lives. The purposes of education is to not only help students participate in a democracy, but to actually build and perfect it.
Frederick Douglas quote encourages us to stand firm… We watched Simon Sinek’s “what is your why” video People care about what you believe.
Aaron - district vision using E3 - enhance instruction, engage all learnings, empower them through equity… communicated it to lots of stakeholders… started with that, just communicating it.
The learning group that was formed in Farmington was called Anti Racism Institute. Another effort was a total overhaul of the Student Code of Conduct.
Farmington focused equity work on racism…
When idea is introduced in Anti Racism Institute, Aaron mentioned that they started with a Jane Elliot video - if you want to be treated like Black citizens, stand up. Nobody stood.
Direct action - recognize there is a problem, doing something about fixing the problem.
They did a book study on Kendi’s book. “There is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist.’ It’s ‘antiracist.’”
Aaron mentions that it wasn’t without struggle… even resistance from teachers, administrators, superintendent… kept going
They had four agreements in Anti Racism Institute.
Started with some basic definitions - racism, assimilationist, antiracist
Used Frayer model - four quadrants - definition, characteristics, examples, non-examples. Example in the middle bubble is race.
Equity work in Farmington was a 7 year journey
Create a statement… If TCAPS is going to… Then… we as an entire community commit to… in order to…
Vision - equity at center/developed theory of action/use the language of equity in every interaction/professional learning for staff/community and parental engagement after school/led book study/audited and updated curriculum/updated student code of conduct. Aaron mentions that all of this work relates to equity… equity was a “why” of all of this work.
Did after school community engagement meetings - “America to Me” Documentary You have to stand firm. You are doing the right thing.
Personal moves are important too…