SEEN Community Update – Culturally Responsive Teaching

Dear SEEN Community, Our November 30 panel brought the discussion of critical race theory from the hallowed halls of law schools and social impact in education to think about how the theory informs what happens in classrooms. Not all educators know critical race theory, and none of them teach it in P-12 settings, but neverthelessContinue reading “SEEN Community Update – Culturally Responsive Teaching”

BOE Meeting – Dec 7, 2021

​​Saratoga Board of Ed Meeting NotesDecember 7, 2021Notes by Alexis Katz 7:02 Roll Call Motion to approve minutes, approved and accept the agenda Public Comment 7:06 Christine Page – asking on behalf of many parents to request a swimming pool for our school community. Argues the benefits of having a swimming pool for all students,Continue reading “BOE Meeting – Dec 7, 2021”

Radical Generosity: There’s More Than One Way to Give – Today and Everyday!

Dear SEEN Community, Are we one of a few dozen emails in your inbox today talking about Giving Tuesday? Well, we assure you this one is different, because nowhere here are we asking you to give money. Giving Tuesday developed as a counter to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday – days thatContinue reading “Radical Generosity: There’s More Than One Way to Give – Today and Everyday!”

November 2021: Winter Holidays

Dear Local Educators, We would like to start this month with reflection and question: Consider how your school and your classroom are decorated at this time of year. Will each and every student feel seen and welcomed? Is Christmas given a privileged position? What assumptions do you bring with you and how can you let themContinue reading “November 2021: Winter Holidays”

SEEN Community Update – Ban White Supremacy, Not Books

Dear SEEN Community, At the Board of Education workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion two weeks ago, “concerns” were raised about second grade texts. Addressed under a cloud of ambiguity – indeed, there were no specifics offered beyond some concerns about second grade texts, and a question about how they were approved – it appearedContinue reading “SEEN Community Update – Ban White Supremacy, Not Books”

SEEN Community Update – Action Items and Upcoming Events!

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.Continue reading “SEEN Community Update – Action Items and Upcoming Events!”

SEEN Community Update – Elections and More!

Dear SEEN Community, Many things stood out on Election Day, but the first one was this: more than 8,000 people voted in the City of Saratoga Springs itself – and when people turn out, change takes hold. Why do we raise this? Because this past May, fewer than 4,500 people voted in the Board ofContinue reading “SEEN Community Update – Elections and More!”

BOE Meeting – Oct 28, 2021

Board of Education Meeting Minutes (SEEN)October 28, 2021Notes taken by Erin Leary and Lisa Glazer 7:03 Public Comment Name indiscernible.  Thanks school board for what they do for children in the community. Has questions  Concerns about security especially in student pickups. Dismissals at some elementary schools but particularly one particular intersection (Congress road?) What isContinue reading “BOE Meeting – Oct 28, 2021”

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 theContinue reading “October 2021: Transgender Day of Remembrance and Native American Heritage Month & Thanksgiving”

SEEN Weekly Update – Let’s Explore Discipline!

Dear SEEN Community, This week’s email is brought to you by SEEN’s Practices, Procedures, and Operations Committee.  We are a group of 6 community members (Patricia Farrell, Alexis Katz, Kelly Sheppard, Caroline Smith, Jennifer Redman, and Leigh Wilton) who meet monthly. During SEEN’s first community-wide meeting way back in June 2020, we were struck byContinue reading “SEEN Weekly Update – Let’s Explore Discipline!”