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Forum: Student Voices on Social Justice, Race, & Equity in Schools - Shared screen with speaker view
Jamie Hansen
38:32
Thank you everyone for joining us today!
Jessica Progulske
51:12
we’re so grateful all the work you’ve done to make tonight possible, Monique
Jessica Progulske
51:28
* grateful for
Valarie Alston
51:52
Blessed, very much needed!
Kelly Matteri
54:02
Love it!
Katrin Ciaffa
54:53
what a great panel! thank you!
Melinda Susan
55:52
What an impressive group!
Lisa Saxon
56:20
So thrilled for this opportunity- thank you!
Laura Powell
56:23
Thank you so much for your contributions!
Joanna Paun
56:44
I appreciate you all being here!
Jessica Borland
58:03
I appreciate your willingness to share your stories.
Jamie Hansen
59:42
Hi Jolene, that is a great and important question. I know Santa Rosa City Schools is seriously looking at this question, as are other districts. Were you asking about one in particular our county-wide? We know that recruiting teachers of color is a county-wide issue.
Diann Kitamura
01:00:12
I do believe that Ethnic Studies will create more interest in teaching. We must also support BIPOC students in thinking about and experiencing teaching in high school.
Laura Powell
01:10:25
Yes just what I was thinking such leaders!
Gabriel Albavera Albavera
01:12:26
As a Principal in this County I appreciate your perspective. We need to hear your voice!!!
Gabriel Albavera Albavera
01:17:46
Wow thank you for your perspective Liyah. We as educators MUST do better.
Jamie Hansen
01:18:07
Thank you so much for your courage, leadership, and honesty, students. You are brilliant and part of making change right now!
Lisa Saxon
01:18:50
I SO wish we could do this in person so these brave individuals can see and feel us respond to them as they’re sharing their very personal and real experiences. Please know we see you!
Grace Curtin
01:18:54
Such courage, such wisdom, Liyah - thank you.
Melinda Susan
01:19:14
I am so thankful for all of you right now. You are powerful, courageous, and change agents.
Katrin Ciaffa
01:20:16
I'm humbled and hopeful because of all of you. thank you.
Hollie Retzinger
01:21:44
I heard that your white or non-black teachers are avoiding explicitly addressing topics of black history and systemic racism in the classroom, and the result is that our black students are faced with addressing this with their white peers - they are feeling the burden of all of this.
Rachel
01:21:51
Powerful 🔥🔥
Valarie Alston
01:21:56
Outstanding Beth!
Laura Powell
01:22:16
Thank you for this highly relevant question for educators—we need strategies to make changes. Starting with these personal classroom testimonies are so helpful.
Alexandria Anderson
01:23:54
Yes Beth!!
Anthony Perryman
01:23:56
👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Liyah Yohannes
01:24:07
Yessssss!!!
Hollie Retzinger
01:24:08
Beth - this is so important too! Sometimes teachers just get so set on sticking to the plan - there is no room for diverging within our curriculum for what is happening in the world.
Anthony Perryman
01:25:14
so true!
Laura Powell
01:28:06
Howard Zinn People’s History as a source!
Rachel
01:28:26
Come on Liyah! 🔥🔥
Kelly Matteri
01:28:32
Yes! Yes, Liyah! It IS information suppression!
Gabriel Albavera Albavera
01:28:45
Why are we getting “schooled” by Liyah. Preach on young sister. That is culturally relevent curriculum. We need to change our curriculum.
Alexandria Anderson
01:28:51
Yes ma'am, Liyah!
Laura Powell
01:28:57
Here here
Melinda Susan
01:29:00
Yes!!
Jessica Progulske
01:29:38
I’m wondering how educators, white educators in particular, can be allies and not saviors… if that makes sense. How do we do _with_ black students without making them feel as if they have to be the spokesperson for their entire race?
Joanna Paun
01:29:43
We need culturally competent and sensitive teachers!
Kelly Matteri
01:29:58
Yes, Joanna Paun. We absolutely do
Joanna Paun
01:30:10
Yes, Essence! That was my experience and what I have to do with my own 4 daughters.
Joanna Paun
01:30:20
We CAN do better. We HAVE to!
Rachel
01:30:56
Yes 🔥🔥
Kelly Matteri
01:30:56
That’s a disgrace and reflection of our Eurocentric curriculum.
Jamie Hansen
01:31:02
Thank you for that feedback Lauren. We will share this with our leadership to consider.
Kelly Matteri
01:31:27
And students of all races need to learn this!
Laura Powell
01:31:55
Multicultural curriculum!
Gabriel Albavera Albavera
01:32:12
ETHNIC STUDIES Y’all
Jamie Hansen
01:32:34
Great idea to share comments from the chat Monique. I’ve been hoping the students have been seeing that!
Laura Powell
01:33:59
Allayah What a great way to start to building classroom community!
Rachel
01:34:03
Reminder: We’re not that far from segregated school systems.
Joanna Paun
01:35:03
Yes, build community and have ZERO tolerance for the foolishness and ignorance that’s being allowed.
Judith Waller
01:36:00
YES! Thank you Joanna!
Jamie Hansen
01:36:13
Thank you for sharing that, Shawntel!
Laura Powell
01:37:27
Kia I a so glad you feel empowered with this zoom meeting!
Melinda Susan
01:38:56
As Lisa said, I wish you could see our reactions because we are captivated and absolutely honored to hear your voices today.
Kelly Matteri
01:39:12
“Press the issue of protecting Black students and students of color” YES
Jeffrey Pyles
01:41:01
yes just getting cut off
Jeffrey Pyles
01:41:36
it’s okay
Sue McQuiddy
01:42:50
I hope all the school district reps attending will share this with staff
Melinda Susan
01:46:09
School staffs should all watch this.
Jessica Borland
01:49:04
It would be great if all school staff took Cultural Diversity classes.
Sue McQuiddy
01:49:24
Great idea Justin about the universality of food!
Kelly Matteri
01:52:33
“Over 55 countries and even cultures in the continent”
Laura Powell
01:52:39
Some need geography lessons
Laura Powell
01:53:30
Beth thank you for this sharing!
Alexandria Anderson
01:53:33
A word!
Kelly Matteri
01:56:09
“We should all have human connections”
Alexandria Anderson
01:56:26
Yes!
Kelly Matteri
01:56:36
Yes, Amena!!!!
Kelly Matteri
01:56:54
Slow clap
Allayah May
01:59:48
.....somebody who really cares!
Laura Powell
02:00:24
Nicole such a critical point for people to understand to avoid stereotypes.
Jessica Borland
02:02:05
Nicole, counselors and school support staff ad so important for developing meaningful connections!
Aída Diaz
02:02:21
YES
Katrin Ciaffa
02:02:24
Yes Amena!!!
Jessica Borland
02:02:28
YES!!
Melinda Susan
02:02:33
Agreed!
Laura Powell
02:03:31
Liyah you can launch this and teach it!
Joanna Paun
02:03:34
#truth
Melinda Susan
02:04:05
Ethnic Studies is a must.
Katrin Ciaffa
02:04:13
Yes ethnic studies!!!
Jamie Hansen
02:05:24
Hi Monique! My phone died as I was answering your question about timing. We’re doing well! There are a few audience questions but not too many. We can either keep going with the students as they are now because they’re going so strong until about 7:15 or stop around 7:05 and take a few questions. It would probably be good to wrap up around 7:20 to pass it off to Dan to discuss next steps.
Allayah May
02:05:51
what i was going on to say was that "we need more teachers who really truely care about what we'er learning and why.
Monique Luke
02:05:59
How we for timer?
Grace Curtin
02:06:12
Yes and offer literature pieces and novels that are cultually relevant and written by black and brown authors.
Monique Luke
02:06:13
How are we for time
Bethlehem (Beth) Messele
02:06:17
Important**Hey everyone, just to correct a previous statement, Ethiopia and Eritrea were actually one country. Divided by politics, and mabey one day will be united. The countries are very very similar from food to religion to culture.
Jamie Hansen
02:07:09
We’re doing pretty well Monique! I’d say we should try to wrap up by 7:20 so Dan can discuss next steps and wrap up by 7:30. We can either take audience questions soon or just skip that part and keep hearing from our amazing students.
Hollie Retzinger
02:07:15
We need to get some new novels on our approved reading list!
Lisa Saxon
02:07:35
Great point, DeAndre!
Diann Kitamura
02:07:54
Jamie, I would like the questions be addressed. Especially the first one.
Laura Powell
02:08:09
We need BIPOC showcased in the sciences too!
Jamie Hansen
02:08:17
Got it Diann! The one about Piner?
Diann Kitamura
02:08:27
Yes Jamie
Jamie Hansen
02:08:45
Thank you. Monique, I’ll post the questions here.
Jamie Hansen
02:09:01
First question: How do you feel about the controversy about Piner High alumni trying to take down the black lives matter
Jamie Hansen
02:09:53
Second question: I’m wondering how educators, white educators in particular, can be allies and not saviors… if that makes sense. How do we do _with_ black students without making them feel as if they have to be the spokesperson for their entire race?
Jamie Hansen
02:10:45
Third question - Essie brilliantly answered this one in the chat, but in case anyone else wants to weigh in: What can teachers do to make the classroom comfortable for you when they are discussing a topic, showing a movie, or reading a book when it highlights a Black person or Black culture that could make you feel more comfortable?
Kelly Matteri
02:14:55
Beth, thank you for speaking to/educating on the history of the relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia. This is such important and relevant information.
Kelly Matteri
02:15:22
“Understand what’s under that American flag”
Kelly Matteri
02:15:26
Yes, Kia!
Kelly Matteri
02:16:18
“Ethnic studies is a necessity”
Gabriel Albavera Albavera
02:17:22
So proud of the whole panel. Special props to Lobo Kia representing with his mind, heart and courage.
Jessica Borland
02:17:29
There needs to be more education about what Black Lives Matter stands for.
Jamie Hansen
02:17:33
Monique a bunch of questions have come in in the chat, but I think we’re almost out of time. Do you want to try to take one more or let this be our last one? We have just about 5 minutes before we need to turn it over to Dan.
Diann Kitamura
02:18:22
Jamie and Monique I think this is a good way to end. fired up and leaving a question in people’s mind
Katrin Ciaffa
02:19:28
thank you thank you thank you.
Jamie Hansen
02:19:33
Sounds perfect, thank you Diann and Monique. Thank you students…you are incredible!
DeAndre Martinbor
02:19:37
Answering question number 2 provided by Ms. Hansen, If white educators or educators in general work with us instead of against us they will absolutely be allies.
Laura Powell
02:19:47
So true the contradiction imbedded in the symbol of the American flag. It is becoming an America many cannot stand behind.
Laurel Green
02:20:08
What a powerful group of leaders!! THANK YOU ALL for leading us in the right direction! LOVED hearing your voices!!
Kelly Matteri
02:21:19
Thank you, each and every one of you, for speaking and sharing tonight. I am listening, and ready to keep listening and to continue to find ways to amplify your powerful voices.
Elizabeth Evans
02:21:20
Yes, Dr. Kitamura! Keep up the BLM Banner.
Kelly Matteri
02:21:34
Excellent to hear, Dr. Kitamura!
Sue McQuiddy
02:22:02
Thank you for sharing your truth!
Diann Kitamura
02:22:45
Having you in our administrative ranks makes me proud!
Jessica Borland
02:23:08
Thank you Beth!
Rachel
02:23:10
Amen Beth!
Laura Powell
02:23:44
Panelists thank you for sharing your personal testimonies!
Hollie Retzinger
02:24:29
YES! And Ethnic studies will have such a big impact on all teachers and staff, I hope. But these students are so right in highlighting that black history needs to be taught in all classes! THANK YOU!!!
Tamara Conneely
02:24:34
Thank you so much for your strength and leadership!
Liz DePrimo
02:24:43
Thank you for sharing, panelists!!!
Rebekah Pope
02:24:45
Thank you all for taking your valuable time to speak in this forum. I am super fortunate and thankful to be part of it.
Alexandria Anderson
02:25:03
Thank you so much for holding this space to hear all of the panelists' voices! This really hit home for me and was extremely powerful! You all are great leaders!
Jamie Hansen
02:25:19
Woohoo! You all were absolutely incredible. It was such an honor to listen and learn from you tonight. Thank you, Mrs. Luke, and each and every one of you!
Grace Curtin
02:29:48
We are blessed by each of you, thank you! You are true and fierce heores.
Monique Luke
02:29:59
Thank you to all of the SCOE team. This would not have happened without your support. Contacting students. etc. you’re amaizng
Jamie Hansen
02:30:00
Thank you so much, Dan
Kelly Matteri
02:30:05
Thank you, Dan!
Diann Kitamura
02:30:15
SRCS is committed to implementing of Ethnic Studies KA-12 and as a graduation requirement. We are also committed to ongoing professional development at the Museum of Tolerance, unconscious bias, and the Culturally Responsive, Sustaining and Humanizing curriculum. SRCS is committed to hiring practices that ensure BIPOC are hired in our district as a rate that begins to match the demographics of our district. Changes begins and is sustained through policy. It Risk and courage area must!
Kelly Matteri
02:30:19
Black Lives Matter.
Bethlehem (Beth) Messele
02:30:30
Thank you Dan, powerfully put.
Monique Luke
02:30:30
Thank you, Dan.
Liyah Yohannes
02:30:37
Thank you so much Mr. Blake
Elizabeth Evans
02:30:44
Thank you, Dan. I appreciate you so much.
Jessica Borland
02:30:57
Thank You Dan
Essence Bailey
02:31:10
much appreciated Mr. Blake !