October 2020 we're wrapping up our first youth event series: Youth Advocate Fellowship Forum of 2020. The Youth Advocate Fellowship Forum has had positive feedback from the young people in attendance. The reason we're ending this series for now is because the last Thursdays of November and December are holidays. Young people can still engage (and receive a participation stipend) for attending our Teen Talks series that starts Friday, November 6th, 2020 and is every Friday until Friday, December 4th, 2020.
If you follow us on Facebook or look at our Upcoming Events on our website's homepage and Upcoming Events page then you know what we have lined up for you. Also, the trainings and events are listed below.
Upcoming Events Special Education Law Series What? Washington Educators Association is presenting a training for families and students on Washington State’s school discipline rules set by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding Special Education Law. Who? Students, Parents, Student Advocates, Teachers and Community. Parent and Student attendees will be prioritized. Where? Zoom Meeting When? Click the link of the date to RSVP Thursday, October 22nd, 2020, 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, November 5th, 2020, 6:00PM-8:00PM Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 6:00PM-8:00PM Teen Talks Series What? Facilitated by Ty of I AM DIVA GIRL and supported by youth counselor Toni Williams; This weekly check-in series is to give youth a virtual space committed to healthy reflection and dialogue to build self-esteem, self-confidence, and envisioning the possibilities of lfe striving to reach their full potential. Participants are encouraged to journal between weekly events and be prepared to discuss how to navigate obstacles they're facing in their environment boldly and respectfully. Youth, between ages 10 and 25, will be provided a $25 participation stipend. Who? Students and youth (Age 10 to 25) Where? Zoom Meeting When? Click the link of the date to RSVP Part I: Introductions - Friday, November 6th, 2020, 6:00PM-7:30PM Part II: Where Am I? - Friday, November 13th, 2020, 6:00PM-7:30PM Part III: Goal Digger - Friday, November 20th, 2020, 6:00PM-7:30PM Part IV: Who Am I? -Friday, November 27th, 2020, 6:00PM-7:30PM Part V: I Deserve It - Friday, December 4th, 2020, 6:00PM-7:30PM
Talking to Children about Racism
What? The Teaching Umoja Seminar presents a community-centered approach to tri-literacy development with Children of Color.
“Umoja” is the Kiswahili word meaning unity. This concept and practice of unity are the driving vision of this commitment to improve the quality of education – and of life – for children and families of color. The seeds of the Teaching Umoja Commitment were planted in an earlier Participatory Action Research (PAR) effort, Teaching Umoja: Simultaneous Culture-Centric Approaches to Education, which developed ten ideas to support culture-centric education for African American and for Latino children in the same program.
These ideas are nestled within the concept of “tri-literacy.” The first level of literacy includes a strong sense of self – cultural identity – to have pride in our culture and language - enculturation. The second level of literacy is the skills to reject the rejection about our cultural identities and the access to equity in education and academic achievement by learning the codes of power - biculturation. The third level of literacy is developing cross-cultural skills to be in collaboration with other communities of color - acculturation.
This became the foundation and stepping stone for the long-term commitment to the in-depth expanded research effort of these three levels of literacy: The Teaching Umoja PAR15-Year Commitment. In this interactive and creative seminar, participants will engage with concepts, use cultural arts and creative exploration, practice techniques, reflect on their work with children and families.
*There are 11 dates listed in case we need to reschedule due to connectivity issues caused by inclement weather
**There is the option to earn Clock Hours or Continuing Education credits but the process if more involved, on the end of the trainers, and it costs. The trainers can help individuals navigate this process and they’ll look into it, but they’ve mentioned wanting to know how many people are interested (something we’ll learn through registration) to help them manage the process independent of our hands on involvement.
Who? Students, Parents, Student Advocates, Teachers and Community. Parent and Student attendees will be prioritized.
Where? Zoom Meetings
When? November 17th, 2020 – February 9th, 2021 from 5:30pm to 8pm; Register Here
Events from Other Local Organizations
Choose 180: Youth and Young Adult Advocacy Program
What? Choose180 and Community Passageways are coming together to create space for youth and young adults who have been impacted by the criminal legal system to advocate for systemic change. Youth are compensated for participating 9 hours per month; roughly 2 hours per week.
Who? youth or young adults in your community ages 15-24 who have been impacted by the criminal legal system and would like to advocate for systemic change.
Where? Zoom Meetings, Register Here
When? Program starts on November 10, 2020 and lasts about one year.
Cultivating Your Child Genius: Free 5-Part Online Series Free book for participants at the end of series! What? This series focuses on the best practices and strategies for teaching Black children at home and in school.
Who? Students, Parents, Student Advocates, Teachers and Community. Parent and Student attendees will be prioritized. When and Where? Click the link of the date to RSVP Part II: Cultural Capital & Black Community - Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM Part III: Sharing Teaching & Learning - Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM Part IV: Parent & Teacher Efficacy -Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, 5:30PM-7:30PM Part V: Implementing Appropriate Environments- Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021, 5:30PM-7:30PM
ACE Academy: FAME Saturday Program and Activity Book for Black Families What? 9th and 11th grade African American male students will convene on Saturdays. Students will: Work to build their social and emotional skills, improve their health and wellness habits, advance their STEM content knowledge, receive support with college and career planning, academic coursework, and collaborate with adult male leaders in the community. Here is the Activity Book. Who? African-American Male 9th and 11th Graders When and Where? Learn more here. (The program began Saturday, September 19th but is still doing outreach.)
OSPI Needs Community Input to Define Absences for Remote Learning
What? This week, OSPI put out a Pre-Proposal statement on plans to update the permanent rules on attendance/absences, including for absences for remote learning. At this stage, OSPI is welcoming input on the issue. There isn’t a draft of proposed rules yet. That will come at the next stage.
If you have ideas on how absences should be defined, particularly during this time of remote learning, reach out to Krissy Johnson, OSPI’s Attendance Program Manager. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach her by phone, dial 360-725-6045. In the meantime, you can find a copy of the Emergency Rules, along with some FAQs about them on OSPI’s website for which a link will be below. Also below is a link to where you can find the Pre-Proposal and also sign up for future alerts on rule-making by OSPI.
Emergency Rules info:
Apply for Openings on State Boards & Commissions What? Below is a link to openings on state boards and commissions for which the governor has the authority to appoint. There will also be a link to detailed information for each state board and commission as well as a link to the application. For questions concerning state boards and commissions, contact the Office of the Governor at 360-902-4111 or send an email to GovernorBoardsandCommissions@gov.wa.gov. Current & Upcoming Gubernatorial Appointment Opportunities: HERE Board & commission profiles: HERE Application: HERE Apply to be the Office of Equity Director for the State (We believe in you!) What? The Office of Equity was created by the legislature and is housed in the Governor’s office. A link to the posting which is now public is here. They’ll be taking a first look at applications on October 29th, 2020. Who leads the work will mean everything so please share as you see fit. Racial Discipline Gap Program Grant Application for School Districts What? SKCDC is a partner in supporting school districts in meeting their equity goals in regards to discipline through the Racial Discipline Gap Program Form Package 992 that is available to districts in iGrants. Information about the grant, including the Q&A and scoring rubric is available on the Student Discipline Training webpage. Applications are due January 4, 2021. Thank you for checking out the full South King County Discipline Coalition November Update!