475 Short Stories about White Allyship (at #PoCC13)

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An Overview and Reflections on White Affinity Group Facilitation at the NAIS People of Color Conference

 

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I wish we could start a school with
all the members who attended SDLC & PoCC…

– @DarbyDavenport

I’m remembering a scene from Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould in which the protagonist, legendary pianist Glenn Gould, pulls off a lonely Canadian highway in the dead of winter, enters a packed roadside diner, and sits by himself … READ MORE

Driving Questions about White Allyship (#PoCC13)

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from Participants in the White Affinity Group Sessions at #PoCC13

 

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NOTE: This material was collected by affinity group facilitators from participants, and provided to NAIS leadership to support equity and social justice initiatives however NAIS might see fit. For further information about the context of this exercise in White/European American affinity group work at #PoCC13, please see “475 Short Stories about White Allyship.”

 

In the relationships that are central … READ MORE

Bridging 'Teaching & Learning' and 'Diversity & Inclusion' at #PoCC13 & #NAISAC14

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NOTE: This post was updated from a post on July 9th, following the acceptance of workshop proposals for the 2013 NAIS People of Color Conference and the 2014 NAIS Annual Conference.


 

Last fall, in my final post as conference blogger for the NAIS People of Color Conference (#PoCC12), I asked myself some pressing questions about how best to “Bridge Conversations about ‘Teaching & Learning’ and ‘Diversity & Inclusion’.” … READ MORE

Cultural Competence and the 'Pluriverse' of Learning

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Professor Carla Rinaldi on Cultural Competence

as ‘Educational-Relational Thinking’

 

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This post quotes extensively from Carla Rinaldi’s “Infant-Toddler Centers & Preschools as Places of Culture,” in Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners (Reggio Children & Project Zero, 2001).


 

It is necessary for us to learn this unity
in diversity, and this diversity in unity.

– Carla Rinaldi

 

Last fall, under the umbrella of my conference blogging for READ MORE

How to Be White (after #PoCC12) – Part 8

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Bridge Conversations about “Teaching & Learning” and “Diversity & Inclusion”

 

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If you want to check out the earlier items in this series, look for links in the navigation menu to your right. There’s also an index below. I am very grateful for the opportunity afforded by Dr. Gene Batiste, and by my friends and colleagues in CTA, to have been a conference blogger for #PoCC12.


Dear Reader:

This is it, … READ MORE

How to Be White (at #PoCC12) – Part 5

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Dear Reader:

So this post is a little different than the last few. Call this something more like “How I Tried to Be White.” So here’s basically what I said at the opening of the first White/European-American affinity group meeting yesterday:

I was asked to speak for a few READ MORE

How to Be White (at #PoCC12) – Part 4

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Dear Reader:

Sorry about that last one. Actually, that’s not true. I’m not sorry. But I figure someone’s going to want me to be sorry, so I’ll look into it.

And now for something completely different. . .

I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and … READ MORE

How to Be White (at #PoCC12) – Part 3

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Those Boots Weren’t Made for Talking

 

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Dear Reader:

Somebody stop me! Actually, somebody help me. Since this morning, this episode has been living in my head, rent-free, all day long. And I’ve been asking people — other white folks, but primarily people of color — how they … READ MORE

How To Be White (at #PoCC12) – Part 2

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If you simply must read Part 1 of this series, click here: http://ow.ly/fPAWz


 

Gentle Reader:

Well, now I’ve done it. At last night’s #PoCC12 & #SDLC12 “Appreciation Reception,” a few of us who are blogging for PoCC were introduced and got to say a few words. I admitted semi-publicly that I am, in fact (drum roll, please) the white PoCC Blogger. I don’t think anybody saw it coming.

I acknowledged what … READ MORE

How To Be White (at #PoCC12) – Part 1

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Okay. So I’ve been tagged — along with my excellent NAIS “Call to Action” colleagues John Hoye (Awty International School, TX), Sandra ‘Chap’ Chapman (LREI, NY),  Stacey-Lee Williams (Somersfield Academy, Bermuda), and Nakeiha Primus (Haverford School, PA) — as one of #PoCC12’s official ‘conference bloggers.’ Not out of virtue, but out of volunteerism. Because Gene Batiste put out a call for bloggers and, well, because when someone calls, you’re supposed … READ MORE