Dear Equity Friends,
We have to start this email with a genuine thank you for all the positivity we have encountered this year in regards to the research we are doing. This year we have been exploring the question, How do we increase equity in international school contexts? The semester has been an exceptional learning journey, with not only the co-practitioner researchers, Vivian, Erin and Tosca, but also with the entire group that has been participant in the Learning Exchange (LE).
Our last LE before the winter break will be held on December 11th at 3:30pm-4:30pm. For this meeting, we would like to engage in a discussion model that lends itself to greater equity. We will set up a Digital Fishbowl. We would like to invite you to be part of the inner fishbowl. In the centre of the fishbowl we have invited people we know are able to be risk-takers and engage fully in discussions.
We will frame the conversation around the following quote:
"Human beings are not built in silence, but in word, in work, in action-reflection." -Freire
As the conversation swims around the bowl, we will discuss: In what ways do you feel valued in this community? What would you describe as the assets you bring to your team? What are your hopes and dreams for yourself, for your team, for your school?
On the outer edge, silently watching those within the fishbowl, participants will be invited to contribute to a shared Google document and anonymously offer insights, thoughts, questions, and ideas to the discussions. In this way we will construct a narrative around voice and value. Giving equal opportunity to those who feel like they want to contribute anonymously and those who feel able to speak out-loud.
It is our intention to discover themes that may lead to actionable items for which we can design solutions together.
Please join us for one hour and support us in this important equity work. We value your voice and recognize we are unable to move forward in true equity without your shared story.
Thank you again for your support and we are looking forward to seeing you Monday!
Vivian, Erin and Tosca
TECH USED: Google docs
App: Equity Maps are used to collect the equity of socratic seminars and harkness conversations within classrooms... try it- the app yealds very interesting data!