Community Building Work at JM
Mon, May 8 1:32pm
Joaquin Miller Elementary

Dear JM Families, 

At our most recent PTA meeting I mentioned a partnership we have begun with Dr. Dale Allender to support our school in continuing to build and maintain a healthy school community, especially in light of the current political climate. Dr. Allender has worked to address multicultural and multi-literacy concerns at colleges and universities, schools, non-profit organizations, and companies across the US and abroad. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Teaching Credentials at California State University Sacramento. He is also an urban school district Mentor for the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education.

 

Several teachers and I met with Dr. Allender a few weeks ago to discuss how we can continue to build a safe and inclusive community for all of our students, teachers, and parents. We have asked him to develop a proposal for plan of action for the 2017-2018 school year. The first step is for him to meet with groups of students, teachers, and parents to gather information about our community.  This will happen on May 17th. His plan is outlined below:

Purpose: 

To explore perceptions on the impact of the campaign and election on the school community, specifically with regard to expressions of racial and gender discrimination, but not limited to these areas in order to outline a school plan to 

  1. resist the increase in social hostility 
  2. reinforce existing critical community-building practices
  3. introduce new critical community-building practices

Date:

Wednesday May 17th

Schedule:

11:55-12:30 Student Group A (2 Kindergarteners; 2 First Graders; 2 Second Graders)

12:30-1:05 Student Group B (2 Third Graders; 2 Fourth Graders; 2 Fifth Graders)

I would like to ask the students to answer the questions below in writing or by drawing. Principal and Teacher will be present to help facilitate as needed. 

  1. What does a happy school community look like?
  2. What gets in the way of a happy school community?
  3. What do you do to help make your school community happy?

**If you do not wish for your child to participate, please email me at sara.green@ousd.org.  

 

1:15-2:15 Parents

I would like to facilitate an informal conversation with parents--however large or small the group. I would also ask parents to respond in writing or drawing. I added one question for the parents that explicitly highlights the election. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to provide answer the questions being posed, you can complete this Google survey here.

  1. What does a happy school community look like?
  2. What gets in the way of a happy school community?
  3. What do you do to help make your school community happy?
  4. How do you think the campaign season and/or election has impacted the school community?

2:40-4:00 Teachers

I would like to facilitate an informal conversation with teachers. I would also ask teachers to respond in writing or drawing. I added the same question that I added to the parents to the teachers list also.  

  1. What does a happy school community look like?
  2. What gets in the way of a happy school community?
  3. What do you do to help make your school community happy?
  4. How do you think the campaign season and/or election has impacted the school community?