SEEN Community Update: Books, Black History Month, and More!

Dear SEEN Community, “One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.” So begins Ezra Jack Keats’s classic, A Snowy Day (1962), a book celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and a joy of tracks, sledding, snow angels,Continue reading “SEEN Community Update: Books, Black History Month, and More!”

SEEN Community Update: Reflecting on MLK Weekend and Recent Events

Dear SEEN Community, Did you attend our Communities in Action forum this past Saturday? The dialogue was remarkable! With fortitude, vulnerability, and generosity, our panelists shared their experiences with advocacy and activism as community members and professionals. The notes from this event (coming soon!) cannot capture the feeling in that Zoom room, just as theyContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: Reflecting on MLK Weekend and Recent Events”

SEEN Community Update: Upcoming Events for MLK Weekend!

Dear SEEN Community, Happy New Year! As each of us and our community faces immediate, bodily, and scheduling challenges around the latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all engaged in yet one more pivot. The pandemic continues to reveal systemic inequities, and the challenges to education – providing children with the learning and socialContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: Upcoming Events for MLK Weekend!”

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”

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!”

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!”

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!”

SEEN Weekly Update – How Can You Get Involved?

Dear SEEN Community, We are still seeing the reverberating impact from the Demystifying Critical Race Theory forum from last week. Programs like this help call more people into this work and we couldn’t do it without you! Thank you to everyone who helped support this program – our co-organizers (MLK Saratoga, Skidmore’s Black Studies Program,Continue reading “SEEN Weekly Update – How Can You Get Involved?”