Expanding Our Understanding of Diversity

Click here for access to a Book Room for you and your student to explored. Created Karen Grogan at MGES.

Equity Clubs in Westfield Washington Schools

Westfield Washington Schools started the 2020-2021 school year with a staff equity team at each building working together to build knowledge around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Since the start of the school year, more clubs have been created by our students. They, too, have asked to learn more.

How can you as a parent support the work at home? Build your knowledge. Be opening to learning through resources and others’ stories. As you develop your skills around DEI you will be able to use your skills at home with your family, at work, and to build a stronger community.

Our journey in understanding diversity is ongoing. Join us for WEEK 8 of the WWS Parent Series as we explore ways to celebrate and expand our understanding of diversity.

Monon Trail Elementary School – Sharing Resources

Identity- Your identity is what makes you who you are. It is the qualities, characteristics and/or beliefs that make a person who they are.

Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller,

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal,

Wings by Christopher Myers,

The Girl who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett & Gary Rubenstein,

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, read by Miss Howard

The Proudest Blue: a Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

You might take some time to have your students name the qualities, characteristics and/or beliefs that make them who they are before reading.

1. First Book – have your child choose a book from your own books at home (or you can find many of your favorites on YouTube if you don’t personally own it), or choose one from the links we provided that your child(ren) can identify with. Talk about what it is about this book that your child sees him/herself in.

2. Second Book– choose a book from the links above that your child identifies as different than him/herself. Talk about what it is about this book that your child sees as different from him/her.

Discussion questions:

  • What part of your identity do you think people first notice about you?
  • What part of your identity are you most comfortable sharing with other people?
  • What part of your identity are you least comfortable sharing with other people?
  • What part of your identity are you most proud of?
  • Do you think your identity can change?
  • What changes your identity?

Anti-Racist

Discussion Questions are pulled from the book (See attached picture).

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Tough Conversations

Something Happened in our Town:

Here is a link to some tips and questions you may use to guide your conversation

https://www.apa.org/pubs/magination/pdf/441B228-read-aloud-tips.pdf

The authors of the book have also shared more about the book in a couple of interviews. One is an article, and the other a podcast. Both might be worth a read/listen for further information directly from the authors. Links are listed below:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/something-happened-in-our-town-addressing-racial-injustice-with-young-children

http://onthesamepage.blubrry.net/2019/02/01/s-2-ep-11-a-visit-from-the-authors-of-something-happened-in-our-town/