Dr. King gave the “I have a dream” speech, not the “I have a plan” speech. It’s our dreams that change the course of history. ~ Simon Sinek
Last winter, our leadership team planned, organized and then hosted a mini-conference in August for South MS teachers and community members with the focus on learning and application of that learning connected to diversity, equity, disparity, cultural differences, valuing perspectives, race, inclusion, climate and culture. The mini-conference was a unique mix of experts from near (Des Moines, Waukee) and far (Chicago, Portland), school and community members, professional learning materials and resources along with time for teachers to collaborate together. It was a great event and a common learning experience for our many of our teachers and parents.
This year, I have based my professional growth goals upon that foundation of learning with the hope I can continue my own learning and growth in this area. Principal Kim Tierney of Maple Grove Elementary and I set our focus of:
- strengthening our knowledge and skills needed to be a threat to the existence of inequity within our spheres of influence; and
- to provide a space and voice to everyone of our stakeholders in order to assess our current reality and identify or address inequities within our school, district and community.
After having some great 1:on:1 conversations with some parents and students 1st semester, I would like to CONNECT with more families by expanding the conversation to small groups of parents and community members. This next step is bring together a group of willing and interested parents and community members to engage in open conversation around diversity, equity, disparity, cultural differences, valuing perspectives, race and inclusion.
If you are interested in being a part of this school & community conversation, please reach out to me (email or call) so I can involve you in the learning, collaborating and work (dreaming!). I look forward to hearing your dreams for our students and our school community.
Summer 2019 Update
Our team of 15+ parents/staff met in May for the first time and are meeting again on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm (@ the WILC). If you are interested in joining these conversations and/or supporting the work, please let me know.
Agenda/notes can be found below.