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Counter-narratives in your Classroom

Recently about 80 staff heard Jasen Frelot share about how to talk to kids and youth about race.  He introduced the idea of using the counter-narrative to expand the story of all people and humanize everyone.

Click here for a list of ways to infuse counter-narratives in your classroom. This documents includes book lists and other ideas.

Here is a resource from Teaching Tolerance:  Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students

Strategies for Responding to Strong Emotions to help create emotional safety in your classroom

Classes for Teachers - Register on PDPlace

Mondays, Mar 19, 26, April 2 – Cultural Differences in our schools
Mar 19 - Hispanic Cultures and Families in ISD
    Mar 26 - Indian Cultures and Families in ISD
    Apr 2 - Chinese and Korean Cultures and Families in ISD
Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15 – Leading for Equity

All classes are 4:30-6:30pm.

Online Book Studies Fall, Winter and Spring
      Whistling Vivaldi, by Claude Steele
       Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, by Zaretta Hammond

What is Equity?

Equality says we treat everyone the same and give them the exact same resources or support.

Equity says we treat each person individually and give them the resources and supports they need to get access and succeed.

Equity deals with difference and takes into consideration the fact that this society has many groups in it who have not always been given equal treatment and/or have not had a level field on which to play.  (Krause, Traini & Mickey, 2001, Equity versus Equality)

Equity means giving special focus to certain groups, to better serve those groups that have been under-represented or under-served.  When we focus on these groups, the whole district benefits (this is “targeted universalism”).

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.  But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.  – Lilla Watson

Issaquah Demographics: We're almost 50% students of color!