Dear SEEN Community,
On Tuesday, November 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., SEEN will co-host Culturally Responsive Teaching. This is the second of a three-part series entitled Critical Conversations: A Community Forum on Critical Race Theory, which will discuss critical race theory — what it is, what it isn’t, and the implications for our community.
Along with our collaborators from MLK Saratoga, The Black Studies Program at Skidmore College, and SUNY Empire State College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we have assembled a panel of K-12 educators who will share how they create welcoming and inclusive classrooms, and what culturally responsive teaching (the other CRT) looks like in action. We will also discuss what individual community members can do to support districts and educators who are engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work and to combat the misinformation campaign surrounding Critical Race Theory.
For a thorough and prescient piece that includes background and local context, check out this article by Rachel Silberstein from The Times Union.
Also consider taking a look at a joint statement released this week by the heads of the New York State School Boards Association, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Conference of Big 5 School Districts, and the Rural Schools Association of New York State. They state that “to ensure outcomes that best serve our young people, debates must be resolved through a reliance on facts and on a true understanding of the work being done in our schools.”
To register for Culturally Responsive Teaching, please click here.
Poll: Share your thoughts with us!
We are bringing back our poll because we want to hear from you about programming for a general meeting this winter. Please take a minute to share your opinion!
- Share Your Talents. SEEN is looking for assistance with social media – developing and posting content, designing infographics, and monitoring sites. Please email SaratogaEEN@gmail.com if you’re interested.
- Looking for a one-time way to volunteer? Take notes for SEEN at a school board meeting. See the schedule and sign up here.
- Tuesday, November 16. Revisions to the Civilian Review Board are expected to be shared at the next City Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, and it is recommended to arrive earlier if you would like to make a public comment.
- Thursday, November 18. All Of Us and Saratoga Black Lives Matter are hosting a panel discussion and community conversation, Civil Rights in Saratoga, from 6-7:30 pm. at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church. Register to join the conversation.
- Monday, December 6. The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County is sponsoring a showing of Whitewashed: the Racism Project, at 7 p.m. The production weaves the history and legacy of slavery, current events, and the personal experiences of the performing artists.
~ The SEEN Team