Global Classroom Committee

Last Updated: 6/9/2020 5:02 PM

Promoting Equity & Inclusion in Madeira City Schools

 

Origin 

The Global Classroom Committee was formed as the result of a 2017 Planning Commission Study that analyzed feedback of graduates from Madeira City Schools.  Students expressed that the majority did not feel equipped with the cultural competency to enter the diverse world outside of Madeira.  In response, a group of administrators, teachers and community members formed the Global Classroom Committee during the 2018-19 school year. Members of the Global Classroom Committee are committed to the vision and goals of the group, and getting better tomorrow than we are today.

 

Vision Statement

  • To create safe & welcoming learning environments for all students regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, ability, family structure or economic status. 

  • To broaden students’ worldviews to better equip them to live, thrive and contribute positively to a diverse world. 

  • To engage in culturally competent practices that target the following core areas: value of diversity, cultural awareness, understanding the dynamics of cultural interactions, and taking cultural knowledge and adapting it to diversity and learning.

 

Goals

  • Investigate our current K-12 curricular resources and pedagogy to identify strengths, weaknesses, and potential opportunities to embed curricular connections related to global awareness.

  • Provide education to staff, students, families, and the overall school community on topics that relate to equity & inclusion.

  • Identify and share resources that support the vision of the Global Classroom Committee.


 

Members

The Global Classroom Committee consists of teachers, parents and administration from all three buildings.  Our group has grown over the years, and we are always open to new members interested in joining us.  If you’re interested in learning more or joining the group, please reach out to Dave Bergan at dbergan@madeiracityschools.org .

 

Past Work

  • 2018-19 & 2019-20: Teams of Madeira City School employees and community members participated in year long training focused on equity and inclusion in our schools.  Hosted by HCESC, these trainings provide an opportunity for our team to dig deep into the topics of race and inclusion alongside educators from other districts.  Through this training, the GCC goals and action items were generated and continue to be revised as the work continues & evolves.

  • 2018-19 & 2019-20: GCC met regularly to share learning, discuss current events, evaluate district practices, and collaborate with neighboring districts.

  • 2019-20: Members of GCC led full staff professional development in all three buildings.  PD was focused on the topics of identity, bias, and race.

 

Next Steps

  • Continue to send groups of staff and community members to in depth training experiences to expand our internal understanding and capacity at a deeper level.

  • Continue full staff professional development around the areas of race, equity and inclusion. 

  • Work with Instructional Leaders to review and refine current curricular practices in order to ensure materials used are culturally relevant and reflective of our diverse world.

  • Create a network of families & resources for students and families new to the community to help them feel welcome and supported.

  • Expand the work from only staff to directly engage our students & families on the topics of race, equity and inclusion.

  • Work to recruit, hire and retain a diverse staff of professionals to work with our students and families.

 

Current Communications

Reflection on Current Struggles - A message from the Superintendent - June 2, 2020

Resources

Below are a few resources that the team has identified for parents and families to explore. If you are interested in learning more, or are in need of additional resources connected to race, equity & inclusion please email Dave Bergan at dbergan@madeiracityschools.org

 

Podcasts: 

Talking Race with Young Children by NPR Life Kit & Sesame Street

This is a quick listen with extremely helpful tips for parents wondering how to address the topic of race with their children.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716700866/talking-race-with-young-children?fbclid=IwAR262i36JkNreR2lYg0pPPHDPL9u6iyHSVkMV2vrR3Ehdl-1oG-0ZlXKMrY

 

Jason Reynolds Talks about Race and the Protests by Kojo Nnamdi Show

Award winning young adult author connects with questions from kids connected to race and recent unrest. His voice and perspective offer help for students and families.

https://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2020-06-01/kojo-for-kids-jason-reynold-talks-about-racism-and-the-protests 

 

Articles:

How do I talk to my kids about race and racism? By Parent Toolkit from NBC News

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/advice/social-awareness/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-and-racism

 

Books: 

Coretta Scott King Award Winning Books by Common Sense Media  

If you are looking for a book to expand your student’s world view, this list of award winning books will offer mirrors & windows for students and families.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/coretta-scott-king-book-award-winners

 

Notable books for a Global Society 

Annually, a committee of the CL/R SIG (Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group) of the International Literacy Association selects 25 outstanding trade books for enhancing student understanding of people and cultures throughout the world. The committee reviews books representing all genres intended for students K-12.

https://www.clrsig.org/notable-books-for-a-global-society-nbgs.html