Hello Runkle School Community,

“When we begin listening to each other, and when we talk about things that matter to us, the world begins to change. Everyone has the capacity to be able to figure out how to make a difference. Listening and talking to one another heals our divisions and makes us brave again.”
– Margaret Wheatley, Turning to One Another

This quote was presented at the Brookline Equity Leadership Team Meeting held on November 27th. The goal is to engage school leaders and families this school year to further emphasize Brookline Public Schools Core Values and ensure that 2017-18 School District Goals are cohesive. The focus in this meeting was to educate Brookline Educators how to begin to embark a journey in practicing courageous listening and subsequently using these skills to interrupt possible implicit bias.

Some take-aways from the Building Equity Driven Instructional and Facilitative Leadership session were:

  • Engage in equity conversations that feel productive in order to gain a new level of discourse about issues of oppression and privilege.
  • Examine inequity, oppression, and implicit bias as a lens to support reflection and action toward achieving educational equity.
  • Practice listening to better diagnose challenges and support people to grow and learn.
  • Deepen understanding of how the practice of coaching for educational equity can be utilized by different role groups (ie. principals, district administrators, support providers, teacher leaders, etc.) to impact school change.

All of Brookline Public Schools will be working on courageous listening to interrupt bias. At Runkle, our educators want to begin meetings to have more conversations on how to support students who may be directly affected by possible bias in hope to increase positive experiences for the entire student community. We have discovered that our students have a lot to share about their experiences. As a result, our school teams are preparing to develop the necessary skills and strategies to support our students and to address the need for equitable practices, challenging biases, and creating an inclusive Runkle school environment for all. We need the continued partnership of our families to support this effort. I will work with our PTO and School Site Council Members to create the space for us to work together in this particular area. Until then, here are 3 resources from thousands of resources out there.

The New Playbook for Anti-Racism Parenting (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?f=001Tc0dB1u28XV0mU7-u4x1ULYXl91-uriMQf3x7ypJAIytawXAN1QD-_QxX142-wNSUzhEPeADLeVTLD9zUgms_eVTH5DLyIfFi8MxaF7WlsUIoUizEgSA0XD6wAOtAb9bhCtXzyU0kzUl-KCbTeKZSEZF7PtEX7e56gzy7XUw3y3SY_PIr19rBxFL1hUIltyROP2disHcj2AbldE_o15dFqYSyciM7rd9FdaUcY8qUja9iIWlKWtfyBDdUMQaYkb6SNbIrs2vopYnuXn_CGIBy6NPrvhnQ-kNOeddFLX2qk4E45nX80s69w==&c=Bzs19RDTGintfXa88T5okQKV-AgOKYztwz4W5NgbedcFw-1pR36VTw==&ch=C1mrig-s43Zc3Sp6yFgOWg-h-Lo2I2tDPKEhgRWYiH5d_1PzK_IMMg==)

Teaching Tolerance: Family and Community Engagement (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?f=001Tc0dB1u28XV0mU7-u4x1ULYXl91-uriMQf3x7ypJAIytawXAN1QD-_QxX142-wNSUzhEPeADLeVTLD9zUgms_eVTH5DLyIfFi8MxaF7WlsUIoUizEgSA0XD6wAOtAb9bhCtXzyU0kzUl-KCbTeKZSEZF7PtEX7e56gzy7XUw3y3SY_PIr19rBxFL1hUIltyROP2disHcj2AbldE_o15dFqYSyciM7rd9FdaUcY8qUja9iIWlKWtfyBDdUMQaYkb6SNbIrs2vopYnuXn_CGIBy6NPrvhnQ-kNOeddFLX2qk4E45nX80s69w==&c=Bzs19RDTGintfXa88T5okQKV-AgOKYztwz4W5NgbedcFw-1pR36VTw==&ch=C1mrig-s43Zc3Sp6yFgOWg-h-Lo2I2tDPKEhgRWYiH5d_1PzK_IMMg==)

Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Tips for Parents (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?f=001Tc0dB1u28XV0mU7-u4x1ULYXl91-uriMQf3x7ypJAIytawXAN1QD-_QxX142-wNSQeDxBH69em0RGS5TS4YNJ8IbUHVPd-q0g4flCKSAHwMNog4PJfNtR9ocO8kKskto0PJ8gvBD1dLJWDMGYcanK2EGgvP91ZsMtE9iCsUoH84UG_G65Adc0a-fL09Qvdgd-GqPO5J1T8MPdkt3DOC6Ra1900X-CKa-4zUrj0Yq6a5vAJ87A7MTOI9gD42s4b0yElw-L6u3sNyte4Np7nIrYzWLlPE46PAhU98S0tcHPROWXAAM997eHng-6kmvva5Ky3JQ4aZiTjtp9rWjpcpQm6RzGHLCWtkyK0_WwPR-xwE=&c=Bzs19RDTGintfXa88T5okQKV-AgOKYztwz4W5NgbedcFw-1pR36VTw==&ch=C1mrig-s43Zc3Sp6yFgOWg-h-Lo2I2tDPKEhgRWYiH5d_1PzK_IMMg==)

 

In Unity,

Your Principal Genteen Jean-Michel
 

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