Meeting #5: June 3, 2019
Amy Tesolin joins us and will now act in the capacity of DEI Committee Facilitator
Welcome & Ice-breaker- activity (Amy T) (5 min.)
Potential question: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Participants shared a place that they want to go - anywhere in the world
Update from DEI Community Meeting (Scot Graden) (10 min.)
We shared these definitions at the Community Conversation.
Community Conversation Specifics:
We shared a presentation surrounding the work that this Committee aims to do
Majority of the conversation (questions and answer period) centered around LGBTQ+
In large part, it was productive in terms of being able to answer questions that the audience posed
Review of Mission Statement/Tasks Charged and Norms from previous meetings- information (Amy T) (5 min.)
Mission Statement and definitions are listed on the back of the agenda
Reviewed the group norms that we created at the first meeting
Review consensus and ideas for facilitation (hand signals; shared listening & 1-2-4-all) information and decision about process for this meeting (Amy T) (5-10 min.)
Are we OK with the agenda? Eventually, as a group, we will be deciding the agenda.
Discussed how we can use hand signals to provide feedback to the entire group
A few techniques that we are going to try tonight…..shared listening and 1-2-4-all
Social Justice Handbook Statement (draft)- activity & discussion (Amy T.) (30 min.)
It was pointed out that the existence and the importance of the student handbooks needs to be better communicated out to the Community. Not everyone knows they exist.
Take a minute and read through the Social Justice (DRAFT) statement below
We are trying to look at the general content of this DRAFT statement.
Find someone who you don’t know very well and we are going to do the paired listening and sharing activity
Social Justice (DRAFT)
Saline Area Schools supports students who are ethical and responsible citizens. Students demonstrate this attribute when they see beyond themselves to the needs of others, contribute to their community, promote social justice, take responsibility for the environment, and demonstrate respect, empathy and compassion.
SAS is a diverse and inclusive District that strives to provide a variety of perspectives for students to consider. All students in SAS should be able to see themselves in the curriculum we offer. Further, all students should be able to reflect and consider alternative viewpoints that exist within our society. We trust in our teaching staff to provide texts from different backgrounds and topics.
If a student (or family) is sensitive to any particular topic that might arise throughout the school year, they are encouraged to discuss this matter with the teacher so an alternative activity can be provided.
Feedback about this DRAFT statement from the DEI Committee:
In general, the statement could be more direct...shift away from words like “sensitive to any particular topic”...... trust, should, might…..be more clear
An alternate activity “will be provided” …..stay away from “can be provided”
Should we use the word “curriculum” instead of “topic”
Support students who are “becoming” ethical and responsible citizens
Consider “embraces diversity” instead of SAS is a diverse and……….work on the grammatical angle
The District promotes/expects/demands texts from different backgrounds and topics….instead of “We trust in our teaching staff
If using “We trust in our teachers……” you should add “with the support of the building administration”
Consider the appropriate placement of where this goes in the handbook. Should this go at the beginning? Currently there are set-up to get in alpha order
More clearly delineate expectations of the student, staff, teachers, students and this is the role of the family
Much of what we are talking about here has nothing to do with social justice……………..this feels like a statement that just supports being a good person. This statement may or may not lead to any social justice.
Consider changing the title..should we title it “Ethical and Responsible Citizens”???? Or “Equity”
The last statement that talks about the alternate activity…...should this be a separate statement?
We need to consider that the last sentence is misplaced….If it were a separate section, it could be called “Parental rights”
SAS Admin will take this feedback and re-design the statement to determine how it will be best placed in the student handbooks for the 2019/20 school year.
Group Agreement/meeting protocol-post-it notes & group consensus- "What would make this group work well for you?"- including previous norms & feedback question responses
Proposed Group Agreement
Ensure that everyone is able to contribute
Respect each other
Actively participate with an open mind/heart
Confidentiality - Sharing about the “summary” notes on the District website.
Work for consensus on decisions
Be conscious of time - help stick to it, or negotiate for more
Breaks - we will provide a short break, but if you need another break at some point…..take it.