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Anti Racism Session Synopsis

To maintain our level of transparency with Jones Community with our efforts with racial equity,  we would like to share with you what we are doing in our antiracist training sessions. We will share a synopsis of each session and make available some of the resources and links to videos that we viewed and provide some context.  

 

Sessions will be added as they are completed:

On January 20th all Jones staff was invited to participate in our first (in a series) of professional development focusing on anti-racism. We have committed to a year’s worth of professional development that will span the rest of this school year and into the 2021-2022 school year. The sessions are intentionally designed to build a shared understanding with all staff about systemic racism, the roles we play in perpetuating it, and ultimately some strategies that we may be able to incorporate to begin dismantling the white supremacy culture identified in the school and create a safe and inclusive space for all students. Our specific goals identified with Davis Consulting are:

  1. Develop a shared language and analysis in regard to racial equity
  2. Develop necessary skills for ongoing personal and organizational reflection on racial equity
 
 

Our first session focused on Racial Equity Foundations. Our objectives for the first sessions were to: 

  • Identify and apply the group norms for our time together
  • Define the terms “racial diversity,” “racial inclusion,” “racial equity,” “anti-racism”
  • Name levels of racism  (internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic)
  • Describe how the Cycle of Socialization has helped to reinforce social identity
 

In addition to opportunities to share our thoughts on these topics, the presenter provided us with a few video clips that were thought-provoking and required some additional conversation.

 

A survey was taken after the session to get feedback from the participants. We will continue to collect this data and make adjustments to the additional work we plan to do in between each session. The staff will receive additional resources after sessions as well as “pre-work” for the next session. Additionally, the administration will have “tasks” for staff to complete between each session.

 

Although you may not have all the context for how these resources were presented to participants, we wanted you to have access to the resources that were shared with us during this session.

 

Session 1 Resources

Unequal Opportunity Race Video

Ria J's Tedx Talk

Cycle of Socialization Article

Supplemental Reading - Confronting Inequity / Who Has the Privilege to

Be Empowered?

On February 10th all of the Jones staff was invited to participate in our second session (in a series) of professional development focusing on anti racism. We have committed to a year’s worth of professional development that will span the rest of this school year and into the 2021-2022 school year. The sessions are intentionally designed to build a shared understanding with all staff about systemic racism, the roles we play in perpetuating it and ultimately some strategies that we may be able to incorporate to begin dismantling the white supremacy culture identified in the school and create a safe and inclusion space for all students. Our specific goals identified with Davis Consulting are:

  • Develop a shared language and analysis in regard to racial equity
  • Develop necessary skills for ongoing personal and organizational reflection on racial equity
 

PD Session Topics

 

This second session focused on the History of Race. Our objectives for this session were to: 

  • Describe how the term “white” became a tool for classifying humans in the United States
  • Define “white supremacy”

 

Staff in preparation for the session listened to a podcast Seeing White S2 part 3. There were some guide questions for teachers to think about as they listened. During the session, we went into smaller breakout groups to work on the “birth of Whiteness Timeline” linked below. Each group was given a portion of the timeline to engage with. There were 3 questions to guide the conversation. We then came back together to discuss the timeline. Each group had a spokesperson to speak on what the group synthesized.

 

A survey was taken after the session to get feedback from the participants. We will continue to collect this data and make adjustments to the additional work we plan to do in between each session. The staff will continue to receive additional resources after sessions as well as “pre work” for the upcoming session. Additionally, the administration will have “tasks” for staff to complete between each session.

 

Although you may not have all the context for how these resources were presented to participants, we wanted you to have access to the resources that were shared with us during this session. 

 

Session 2 Resources

Birth of Whiteness Timeline

  

Session 3 Pre-Work

  1. Read the article “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Reflect on the following questions: 
  • Which aspects of the article were a mirror of your experience with the concept of homeownership?
  • Which aspects of the article are a window into a new experience?
  • How might the systemic racism revealed in this article, impact how Black students perceive authority? How might it impact how students of color perceive authority? How might it impact how white students perceive authority?

Anti Racism Session #3 Synopsis


On March 3rd all of the Jones staff was invited to participate in our third session (in a series) of professional development focusing on anti racism. We have committed to a year’s worth of professional development that will span the rest of this school year and into the 2021-2022 school year. The sessions are intentionally designed to build a shared understanding with all staff about systemic racism, the roles we play in perpetuating it and ultimately some strategies that we may be able to incorporate to begin dismantling the white supremacy culture identified in the school and create a safe and inclusion space for all students.

 

Our specific goals identified with Davis Consulting are:

  • Develop a shared language and analysis in regard to racial equity
  • Develop necessary skills for ongoing personal and organizational reflection on racial equity
  • Adopt an ongoing accountability practice for naming and addressing white supremacy culture/systemic racism as it arises at Jones College Prep
  • Explore critical pedagogy as a tool for addressing educational inequities

PD Session Topics

This third session focused on Understanding Systemic Racism. Our objectives for this session were to: 

  • Distinguish between individual prejudices and systemic racism
  • Discuss redlining as a case study in systemic racism

 

Staff, in preparation for the session, read the article “The Case for Reparations'' by Ta-Nehisi Coates. There were some guide questions for teachers to think about as they read. In the beginning of the session the presenter spent some time addressing things that had come up as feedback from the previous sessions. One important note that came out of the discussion was clarity of how the training is being delivered and a clarification that this training is not about looking at racism as simply Black and White.  Our training truly reflects on “Whiteness” and everything Non-White.  Our training does use a lens from the Critical Race Theory. We spent some time digesting what that theory is. All the historical context we’ve been provided up to this point supports that idea. This was an important distinction for many participants.  

The main content of the day was to use the article and a short video on redlining as a case study to see and understand systemic racism. Redlining is a great example of systemic racism that to this day has rippling effects. We broke up into breakout groups and proceeded to process what we saw and read. We met back in a large group to share some thoughts. For many it was an eye opening experience that invoked a lot of emotion and discussion.

A survey was taken after the session to get feedback from the participants. We will continue to collect this data and make adjustments to the additional work we plan to do. Starting in the month of March, the staff have created “processing pairs/pods” to continue processing the information we are getting. They will meet at least once a month to process information from the previous session or to discuss materials given as “pre work” for the upcoming session.  The staff will continue to receive additional resources after sessions as well as “pre work” for the upcoming session. Although you may not have all the context for how these resources were presented to participants, we wanted you to have access to the resources that were shared with us during this session. 


Session 3 Links

Chicago Redlining Map
Chicago Redlining Document #1 and #2
Mapping Inequality - a website where you can find the redlining maps for other US cities
The Color of Law - A lesson plan for 9 - 12th graders on redlining and housing discrimination

 

Session 4 Pre-Work

  • Think through the following questions:
  • In your opinion, which aspects of the classroom activity were successful?  
  • Where were there opportunities for growth?
  • Why might it be useful to teach these concepts to our students?
  • If you work in the classroom, how might you implement an activity like this