Reflect, discuss

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?

REAL Talk, Story 10

This story was shared by an NPS parent/caregiver. 

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 text in purple: “This year at a school assembly led by the first-grade classrooms at my kid’s school, the presentation included a book reading in English and Spanish (with a bilingual ESP doing the Spanish reading) and a song in English with ASL accompanying. It was really great. Also great: I later learned that the fifth-grade classrooms are considering a similar approach for their own upcoming school assembly presentation.”

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 actions & strategies and the future are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes lack of understanding, emotional response, educational challenges, whiteness, race & identity, and hurt & exclusion deemphasized with paler colors.

Reflect, discuss

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?

REAL Talk, Story 9

Image ID: the background of images 1 and 2 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this text in purple: “When I first got to this district I was one of very few people of color in my building. I still am. Every building in the district is staffed predominantly by white people. Almost every administrator is white. There had been a Black principal for a short time just before I came. I was told by a white colleague that he was a reverse racist. 

One day, I found brochures on the table in the staff lounge about a Mormon religious figure who shares a name with this principal–the brochures had an image of a gravestone with his name on it. I wondered if this was a coincidence. Either way, I thought it odd that there would be religious material in the lounge. I checked in about my reaction with a white colleague who I knew to be anti-racist. She said she would take care of it and the brochures were removed. I later heard that this same brochure–showing the former principal’s name on an image of a gravestone–had been posted to his office door.”

Reflect, discuss

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?