• Theme for the 2017-18 School Year
     
    "How can I take responsibility for practicing kindness, empathy and mutual respect at Park Day School?"
     ~PDS Theme for the 2017-2018 School Year
     
  • Throughout the year our staff professional development, classroom curriculum, and parent education events will be focused on helping us to strengthen our capacity to understand, build and embody kindness, empathy and mutual respect. It is imperative that we continue to hone our skills for combatting divisive elements of our culture. It is our goal that this work models courage and action, and that it will help children see that with education, hard work and commitment, we have the collective power to transform our society for the good.
     
     
    Our summer reading for staff was, "Gratitude: A Way of Teaching" by Owen Griffith 
     
    Here are some resources:
  • Previous Themes
     
    "How can we contribute to social and racial justice in our school and the Oakland community?"
                                                                                                    ~PDS Theme for the 2016-2017 School Year
     

    Throughout the year our staff professional development, classroom curriculum, and parent education events will be focused on helping us to strengthen our capacity to fight racism and other forms of injustice. It is imperative that we continue to hone our skills for combatting divisive elements of our culture. It is our goal that this work models courage and action, and that it will help children see that with education, hard work and commitment, we have the collective power to transform our society for the good. This is a mission-level commitment for us:

    Park Day School Mission Statement 
    At Park Day School, dedicated teachers and engaged students collaborate to create a dynamic and joyful learning community for mastering academic and interpersonal skills. Students construct meaning and deep understanding through inquiry and discovery-based teaching. Our practices promote critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, and a commitment to diversity and social justice. In the spirit of partnership and service, students expand their perspectives through participation in the broader community. Continuing the legacy of the progressive education movement, Park Day School prepares students to be informed, courageous, and compassionate people who shape a more equitable and sustainable world.
     
     
    Here are some resources intended to compliment and support this important work. This list is a work in progress. Please submit your recommendations for additional resources to John Orbon.
     
    INTERACTIVE TEST
    The Implicit Association Test (IAT)
    Project Implicit
     https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
    “Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. Project Implicit is the product of a team of scientists whose research produced new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes and other hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.”

     “Project Implicit translates that academic research into practical applications for addressing diversity, improving decision-making, and increasing the likelihood that practices are aligned with personal and organizational values.”

     “The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science.”

    WEB LINK
    Black Lives Matter
    http://blacklivesmatter.com/
    “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and (our) resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
     
    WEB LINK
    Campaign Zero
    http://www.joincampaignzero.org/#vision
    “Campaign ZERO was developed with contributions from activists, protesters and researchers across the nation. This data-informed platform presents comprehensive solutions to end police violence in America. It integrates community demands and policy recommendations from research organizations and the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.”
     
    ARTICLE
    11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism in the US
    Dr. Robin Diangelo 
    White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
    "While individual whites may be against racism, they still benefit from the distribution of resources controlled by their group. Yes, an individual person of color can sit at the tables of power, but the overwhelming majority of decision-makers will be white. Yes, white people can have problems and face barriers, but systematic racism won’t be one of them. This distinction—between individual prejudice and a system of unequal institutionalized racial power—is fundamental. One cannot understand how racism functions in the U.S. today if one ignores group power relations.”

    WEB LINK
    Showing Up for Racial Justice
    http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/ 
    SURJ’s Statement About This Past Week’s Events
    "The violence of Black and Brown deaths and the violence of police deaths is an indictment of a system far beyond a fix through a few reforms. Deep transformational change that begins with the calls for justice from the movement for Black lives and communities most impacted by the long history of police violence must be supported by a growing base of white people taking action to dismantle this broken, violent system…not for marginalized communities, not for police, not for any of us.”

    ARTICLE
    The Washington Post
    Sally Kohn
    This is What White People Can Do To Support #BlackLivesMatter
    "There are already white people who want to change, and want to help spur change in their communities. Many people are reticent to speak out, for fear of misspeaking; others want to do something, but don’t know what to do. Instead of continuing to unconsciously reinforce structural racism in America, there are many white people who want to consciously help deconstruct and dismantle it. But how?”

    ARTICLE
    The Huffington Post
    Emma Gray and Jessica Samakow 
    "We are two white women. We are also self-described progressives and critical thinkers, who write professionally about the way sexuality, gender and race intersect with the world we live in. Yet we still recognize an internalized reticence to engage in conversations about race and racism. Neither of us can remember a clear moment in our young lives during which we realized we were white, and what that meant. When we’re pulled over by a cop, our biggest fear is that we might get an expensive speeding ticket. We have always seen faces that look like ours on TV and in movies. All of these things speak to the depth of our white privilege — and the fact that people of color certainly can’t say the same. We do not live in a “post-racial” world." 
     
    ARTICLE
    Be'chol Lashon 
    Ali Michad and Eleonora Bartoli via nais.org 
    http://www.bechollashon.org/resources/newsletters/08-14/white.php#.V4GKpOB6cmp.gmail
     
    "The white racial socialization perspectives and skills proposed here will contribute not only to healthier schools and communities, but also to healthier individuals, less susceptible to the acquisition of misinformation and therefore less likely to perpetuate harm toward others. These skills and perspectives create spaces where it is more difficult for racism to thrive because there are more white people resisting it and deconstructing it. This work stands in stark contrast to color–blindness, which provides ample room for the status quo to develop stronger roots. A community in which critical race analysis plays a central role is one in which people truly have a choice about how to be more fully themselves, outside of the pre-established roles assigned by racial constructs." 
     
    WEBSITE
    EmbraceRace
    "Educate and inform adults about the pervasive impact of race kid's lives, Help caregivers nurture resilient kids of color and racial literacy in all kids. Help caring adults become effective racial equality advocates for kids."
     
    WEBSITE
    Raising Race Conscious Children
    "A resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. The goals of these conversations are to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice. If we commit to collectively trying to talk about race with young children, we can lean on one another for support as we, together, envision a world where we actively challenge racism each and every day." 
     
     
    RESOURCE LIST
     
    Oakland Library
     
    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
    Citizenship and Social Justice: By writer and educator, Jon Greenberg
    Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston
    A treasure of resources for those trying to understand, and engage. 
     
    VIDEO 
    Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo 
     
    ARTICLE

    Harvard Business Review 
    Diverse Teams Feel Less Comfortable — and That’s Why They Perform Better