If anyone's interested, the Ethnic Studies Coalition is hosting a zoom meeting on what schools should do with COVID relief money. (Perhaps some of it could go to anti-racism work!!) They want to hear student voices as they decide how it's spent!!
ANYONE is welcome to attend Thursday, April, 29th 5:00-6:30
Vermont school districts are receiving a combined 285 Million as part of the American Recovery Act. The question remains as to whether schools will use this money to push forth transformation or work to return to the status quo. The Education Justice Coalition is launching a collectively developed Beyond COVID Recovery Organizing Kit that includes funding recommendations that push towards justice and ways to get organized in your local community to impact your district’s spending plan. This toolkit is based on collective recommendations from our first event in this series. This event is open to anyone wanting to organize for education justice in their community! We will have time for folks to connect with others from their local school community to start getting organized.
Our new meeting time is Sundays at 5 pm. While we are changing the meeting time, we are fully aware that this time does not work for everyone. We hope to work out these scheduling kinks and present another option so that people who can’t attend at that time can still participate!
Our meeting today was really productive, and it was suggested that we start doing meeting summaries so people that couldn’t attend can still feel informed, so here is our first one! At this meeting, we talked about…
Advocacy of Native Americans and how we can better educate ourselves about their history and respect their lands.
We presented our final slideshows for the Book Project lessons and received feedback for some final changes.
We discussed a new project based on the book The Color of Law. Minelle has started this project in her school, using a curriculum developed by a lawyer that she has been working with. We are hoping to extend this project to other high schools around the state!
We recognize that our current meeting time does not work for everyone and that scheduling is very difficult these days, but we still want everyone who wants to participate in our group to be able to. We presented the idea of subcommittee meetings (one group would work on the book project, another would work on The Color of Law project, etc.), where we could have a couple of different smaller meetings and one big group meeting on a weekly or biweekly basis. The ideas of recording meetings or doing breakout rooms were also brought up. What are all of your thoughts? We want to make this group work for everyone! Let us know in the comments or on Instagram if there is a better time for you?!
Ps-- Color of Law Project: We would love it if you could share this message with your principal, history teachers, or anyone who has the power to change curriculum/add-in lesson plans either this year or next.