"As a parent of two African American boys, I am concerned as we begin to navigate our way back into the school building. I am worried that this new era in education could make my children and other BIPOC children vulnerable to disproportionate school discipline, especially exclusionary discipline. Schools are under increased pressure to keep children and teachers safe, and removing a face mask or breathing on someone could spread sickness; this undoubtedly makes for a more tense learning environment. With new rules in place, it concerns me to think that BIPOC may bear the brunt of these new consequences and be subject to exclusionary discipline practices at higher rates than other students."
As many schools are grappling with the continued challenges presented by COVID-19, it is crucial to solicit timely, actionable feedback from students. Engaging in informal, semi-structured conversations with students enables educators to learn more about the successes and opportunities that contribute to positive learning environments at school, whether in-person, remote, or any combination of the two. Consider the tips presented in the following blog post to guide planning, facilitation, and reflection when collecting students’ feedback on their experiences.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Angela M. Ward as TransformEd’s first-ever Chief Program Officer. In this role, Dr. Ward will lead the redesign of TransformEd’s programmatic work with school systems to ensure that our approach to whole child development is inclusive, equitable, and actively antiracist.
In a time of continued turmoil, hate, and uncertainty, we are mourning the deaths of our fellow Americans who were murdered last week in Atlanta, GA and this week in Boulder, CO.
Transforming Education is seeking a Director of Operations who will serve as the primary lead to manage and oversee the daily operations of the organization - from grant writing, to finances, to workplace culture and more.
“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” - Dr. Carter G. Woodson
We are so excited to introduce you to our two newest Lead Partners: Adrienne Kennedy & Rebecca Guillory!
When we were first hit by the pandemic, our team released a 2-page guide to resources that can support educators in integrating SEL in a virtual world. We have since revised our SEL Integration Approach and our related remote learning guide. As things remain unpredictable, inconsistent, and outside of an educator’s “circle of control”, the practices outlined here support educators in channeling their energy into tangible ways to be responsive in a complex time.
Our nation began this new year more divided than ever. Last week, we saw years of community engagement come to fruition as thousands of people joined the democratic process to elect the first Black man and first Jewish man to represent Georgia in the Senate. On the same day, we witnessed a mob of White rioters invading the Capitol with a minimal police response, underscoring the reality of white privilege in our country.
As we close out a year filled with unexpected challenges, our team at TransformEd wants to take a moment to thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to the transformative power of whole child development.