Educator Resources: November 2021

Welcome to November!  We were quiet in October allowing people to return to school in what is the now.  In talking with Educators of Color, we hear that some of you are exhausted and looking forward to the Thanksgiving Break and others have felt energized and activated.  This month's resources speak to those at either end of this spectrum and all those in various points along it.

 

Here are some questions to consider this month:

How are you operating differently this year?  

Who are you focusing on? 

What are you centering?

 

Here are some resources to support your self-care:

Why Meditation Is Crucial for My Joy and Resilience as an Asian American

Kim Thai offers her experience with meditation and its grounding effects when dealing with anxiety and threat.

 

Liberate Meditation Application

Julio Rivera founded Liberate after experiencing meditation in racial affinity spaces and the psychological safety that these spaces provided.  

 

Mindfulness for Black Teachers | November 17 | 4-5:30 PT

Being Black is stressful, but inner peace is real. In this Black affinity event for teachers and educators, participants will learn and engage practical, simple, and relatable tools that center mindfulness, while building community through reflection and sharing. This is a great opportunity to add new skills to your health and wellness toolkit to put into practice during the Fall break!

 

Here are some resources to support your learning, teaching, and leading about our history and the Indigenous experience in the United States:

Indian Schools In Our Local Area

A resource that offers a list of those Indigenous people who died at the Forest Grove and Chemawa schools, some history of the Indigenous schools, and information on the repatriation of human remains and artifacts.

 

Oregon State University Outdoor School

Resources for exploring land acknowledgment and active and authentic engagement with Indigenous communities.

 

This IS Kalapuyan Land

This virtual version of Stephanie Littlebird Fogel's curated exhibit is informative, proximate, and beautiful.
 

Project 562: A Thanksgiving Message From Seven Amazing Native Americans 

Artist Matika Wilbur uses her photographic talents to create images of the diverse members of the 562 federally recognized Indigenous tribes in the United States. This project includes photos, films, and interviews.  Matika’s goal is to offer a full and present representation of Indigenous People to counter “the representation of First Peoples in traditional curricula and the media as "leathered and feathered".

 

What You Learned About The ‘First Thanksgiving’ Isn’t True. Here’s The Real Story

A story that offers the complexity of the Pilgrims' relationship with the Wampanoag People.

 

For Native Peoples, Thanksgiving Isn't A Celebration. It's A National Day Of Mourning

A counter-narrative about Thanksgiving Day.  

Educator Resources: January 2022

As we return for the second portion of the 2021-2022 school year, we continue to stand in awe of you and your work in the face of all that is the now.  We humbly offer you these resources to support:
 

Sustaining and Thriving As An Educator

The phrase self-care has become part of our culture.  What does it mean?  In this blog post Jasmine Barnes outlines some elements of self-care that you may not have considered.

How to really know what's yours, and what isn't! Inner Light with Ellen

Ellen Wyoming DeLoy offers a visualization practice along with her personal experience with boundaries.  A valuable listen for those working on creating boundaries for themselves.

 

The Black Teacher Project: Caribbean Cardio & Body Sculpting for Black Teachers

Our colleagues at the Black Teacher Project are offering an hour and a half cardio and body sculpting experience to those teachers who identify as Black/African Heritage on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (PT). 

 

Developing Professionally

The National Equity Project: Introduction to Liberatory Design 

Gain an understanding of the power of the liberatory design process and its practices in this three-hour virtual workshop on February 18, 2022,  from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PT) 

 

Black Teacher Project: Hiring and Sustaining Black Teachers Workshop

This workshop will provide the historic context of Black educators in America and then examine hiring practices, processes, and retention using an equity framework. A great beginning to the hiring season for human resources staff and school leaders involved in hiring.  The virtual workshop will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PT)

 

Question Focus Technique: Explained in One-Hour

Do you want your students to be curious questioners? The Question Focus Technique (QFT) cultivates students creating their own questions, refining them. After watching this video you will be able to use it in your classroom.

 

Black Teacher Project: Navigating the Job Search for Black Teachers

It is that time of year when educators consider which school shares their values, mission, and vision.  This interactive virtual workshop will provide space for reflection on what you need as a Black educator and how to assess a school’s abilities to meet your needs. Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PT)