Black Lives Matter & SEL
What is the role of SEL in standing in solidarity with the Black Community? Our students, their families, and our colleagues.
When is SEL being used (implicitly or explicitly) to promote a deficit mindset towards communities of color or racist narrative?
We cannot meet the needs of our students and communities without addressing and unpacking our own privileges and implicit biases. Working with black and brown students with different backgrounds from my own, requires me to acknowledge and fight my biases and to educate myself about systemic racism as well as the strength and beauty in my student's communities and histories. I cannot model, teach, or train social-emotional competencies without first being grounded in equity and acknowledging historical and present day racism and discrimination.
I encourage everyone to read Dena Simmons works: How to change the stories about students of color and Why We Can’t Afford Whitewashed SEL. Another good reasource is CASEL's https://schoolguide.casel.org/what-is-sel/equity-and-sel/ --> Guiding Questions for Educators:
Promote Equity Using SEL.
For this moment in time, my school has curated some resources, one for Educators and one for Families, on current events. We want to support teachers and families in having hard conversations about racism and the tradegies in the news, while also attending to our students emotional well-being. Please share them with your school communities and those that will use them responsibly, if you would like to.
https://lnkd.in/g9pwBFQ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bVrmVGshpMFrhPLvKTgPbuzCeHIlxwuNaQIUy0RoQKQ/edit?usp=sharing #BlackLivesMatter