Reflect, discuss

Potential prompts for personal reflection and conversation with others:

> What do you experience in your body (sensations), heart (feelings), and/or head (thoughts) on reading the story we just posted?

> What does this story make you want to do/say? What feels possible for you to do/say? What feels hard and/or hopeful?

> Who has the power in this story? Whose voice/s are not being heard?

> What choices might the people in this story have had–and/or not have had? What is the impact of the choices they make? 

> What might they have said or done differently in the moment–or afterward–and what impact might it have had?

Story 3

This story was shared by an NPS teacher/staff member.

Image ID: the background of image 1 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this story in purple font: “I was picking up students to do small group work. Their class was with a guest teacher for one of their specials. The guest teacher assumed I, a white person, was the classroom teacher who had come to pick up the class. The actual classroom teacher, a person of color, was also in the room and was lining up the class to leave.”

Image 2 has the same orange/purple split background, with the white text “STORY THEMES” running up the lower left side and two columns of white boxes (four per column) displaying our eight story themes. Here, the themes “whiteness,” and “lack of understanding,” “race & identity,” and “hurt & exclusion” are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes “educational challenges,” “emotional response,” “the future,” and “actions & strategies” deemphasized with paler colors.

Reflect, discuss

Potential prompts for personal reflection and conversation with others:

> What do you experience in your body (sensations), heart (feelings), and/or head (thoughts) on reading the story we just posted?

> What does this story make you want to do/say? What feels possible for you to do/say? What feels hard and/or hopeful?

> Who has the power in this story? Whose voice/s are not being heard?

> What choices might the people in this story have had–and/or not have had? What is the impact of the choices they make? 

> What might they have said or done differently in the moment–or afterward–and what impact might it have had?

Story 2

This story was shared by an NPS student.

Image ID: the background of image 1 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this story in purple font: “One time, I was constantly arguing with this kid when I was in sixth grade, and he was being really rude to me and he was just not a nice person to anyone. So one day I said I was gonna slap him and was chasing him down the hall after lunch, and him and his friend kept yelling “white power” at me, and doing the sign with their hands. I was in the wrong for saying I was going to slap him (which I never was going to) but that should not excuse him for saying racist things.”

Image 2 has the same orange/purple split background, with the white text “STORY THEMES” running up the lower left side and two columns of white boxes (four per column) displaying our eight story themes. Here, the themes “whiteness” and “hurt & exclusion” are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes “educational challenges,” “lack of understanding,” “race & identity,” “emotional response,” “the future,” and “actions & strategies” deemphasized with paler colors.

Reflect, discuss

Potential prompts for personal reflection and conversation with others:

> What do you experience in your body (sensations), heart (feelings), and/or head (thoughts) on reading the story we just posted?

> What does this story make you want to do/say? What feels possible for you to do/say? What feels hard and/or hopeful?

> Who has the power in this story? Whose voice/s are not being heard?

> What choices might the people in this story have had–and/or not have had? What is the impact of the choices they make? 

> What might they have said or done differently in the moment–or afterward–and what impact might it have had?