PAUSD is committed to equity and our mission to create and sustain a climate where all students, staff, and families feel valued and respected. Our communities of color are experiencing a great deal of pain and outrage right now and it is important that they know that the attitudes and actions behind the recent racist incidents and violence do not represent our values. As a community we can help our children to understand what is contributing to the racial violence in our country and to address social injustice, racism, learn how to make lasting change in a democracy.
The four agreements for a courageous conversation
● Stay Engaged:
○ Don’t Let your heart and mind check out!
● Expect to experience Discomfort:
○ Agree to experience discomfort so that we can deal with issues of race in an honest way.
● Speak Your Truth:
○ Be honest about your thoughts, feelings and opinions. Say them in a way that is true for you.
● Expect and Accept Non-closure:
○ Accept that you will not reach closure in your understandings about race and race relations. There is no such thing as a “quick fix.”
(Singleton, G. “Courageous Conversations about Race”)
21 day equity challenge!!!
In case you missed it the first time around, head to https://www.paequitychallenge.com/ to learn more about an amazing opportunity to engage in meaningful discourse with family, friends, and anyone else about what equity means, how to challenge current systems of oppression, and promote a more unified future.
Below are some amazing resources to help you support others, and understand better, all that is happening. Please feel free to reach out to the Wellness Team for more information and support.
You will find both Websites and Book Lists below! Just keep scrolling!
Websites by topic
The Assaulted Sense of Self (6 minutes)
Making Talking About Race Our Work (4 minutes)
Cultural Competence (article by Dr. Laura Brown)
Name - Author
A is for Activist - Innosanto Nagara
AntiRacist Baby - Ibram X Kendi
Hands Up - Breanna J. McDaniel
Ghost Boys - Jewell Parker Rhodes
A Good Kind of Trouble - Lisa Moore Ramee
Piecing Me Together - Renee Watson
All American Boys - Jason Reynolds
How it Went Down - Kekla Magoon
Stamped - Jason Reynolds
Let's Talk about Race - Julius Lester
Not My Idea - Anastasia Higginbotham
Something Happened in Our Town - Marianne Celano
The Undefeated - Kwame Alexander
This Book is Anti-Racist - Tiffany Jewell
So You Want to Talk about Race - Ijeoma Oluo
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
Name - Author
Beyond the Golden Rule - Dana Williams
My Grandmother’s Hands - Resmaa Menakem
White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo
So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
Witnessing Whiteness - Shelly Tochluk
Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories - Eddie Moore, Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, Ali Michael
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race - Debby Irving
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander
Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire