October 2021: Transgender Day of Remembrance and Native American Heritage Month & Thanksgiving

Dear Local Educators,

This week the Saratoga Springs City School District’s Board of Education had a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshop run by Superintendent Mike Patton, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Cutting, and DEI consultant Anna Muñoz. During the workshop, Cutting provided board members with information about the ongoing disparities in the district and some of the initiatives to curtail them. Muñoz then led the board members through exercises to help draw out biases that might hinder culturally-responsive and sustaining education. Muñoz highlighted how cultural knowledge is a scaffold for learning that embraces the unique identity of each and every student, and helps teachers and administrators to engage in self reflection.

As the district continues its training, we are here to provide resources and insights on the day-to-day work. It also serves as a reminder that it’s important to acknowledge and even embrace the discomfort that comes along with being part of a system that encompasses bias. We encourage you to reach out to colleagues to talk about this discomfort and to continue to support each other in the work of becoming more culturally responsive.

This month, we are highlighting the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which falls yearly on November 20, by sharing some resources about the day itself and for supporting transgender and gender-queer students in general. November also marks the celebration of Native American Heritage Month, and our resources will serve to help you recognize Thanksgiving in an honest and complete fashion.

Beginning this month, we will include an upcoming Events and Opportunities section at the end of every email, so make sure to scroll all the way through and check it out!


Resources

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Native American Heritage Month and Thanksgiving


Events and Opportunities

  • SEEN would love to invite you to the second session in our Critical Conversations series, on November 30, where the panel will discuss the interplay between Critical Race Theory and P-12 education. We will focus on what anti-racist education looks like, as well as how to counter the myths that Critical Race Theory is being taught in our schools and is synonymous with DEI work. Stay tuned to SaratogaEEN.com and SEENCares for more details.
  • Learning for Justice is offering 90-minute professional development workshops for $15 on topics like “Teaching Hard History” and “Unpacking the Social Justice Standards.” Check them out and consider registering!
  • All of the back issues of “The Scene with SEEN” can now be found on our website!
  • Help spread the word to other educators by sending out our signup form!

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