Start Somewhere

Posted by Liz Vogel on September 22, 2016

Last night, I lay awake replaying the day's headlines in my mind; in particular the news of fatal shootings of black men by police in both Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC. The kids were asleep, and my partner, who is black, was on his way home from his weekly basketball game. He was later than usual, and I slipped into a momentary panic, wondering if something was wrong. Was he pulled over while driving home? His tail light went out a while ago; did he ever get that fixed? Are his windows tinted too dark? Was he speeding to get home a little faster? I reminded myself that we live in LA, as if that could reassure me. But I recalled Ezell Ford, Donnell Thompson, and Brandon Glenn, just to name a few black men killed by police in Los Angeles in the last year. 
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Topics: Human Behavior, Racism, Parents

Upstanders: Strengthening School Community

Posted by Armen Menechyan on October 15, 2014

On October 11, 2014 at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Campus, more than 15 schools and upwards of 120 students, teachers, parents, and administrators took the time on a Saturday to come together with one common goal: Strengthening school community.

Facing History Los Angeles hosted our 3rd Annual Los Angeles Partnership School Summit on School Culture. In our first year of this summit, we featured the film BULLY and looked at how small steps can make a difference for peers confronting bullying on campus. Last year we considered a short animated film from StoryCorps, Listening Is An Act of Love, to grow beyond just stopping bullying and consider how to build a positive school culture by small acts of compassion. This year, we continued to explore ways to build a stronger community by considering the steps of an "upstander."

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Topics: Safe Schools, Los Angeles, Urban Education, Upstander, Community Event, Parents

"What ARE you?"

Posted by Stephanie Carrillo on August 28, 2013

As an educator, I've always gotten a little antsy right about now with the anticipation and excitement of a new school year on the horizon. This August brought even more anticipation because my youngest child just started kindergarten. My older two girls are firmly in middle school with their successful navigation of elementary school behind them, but my youngest daughter is just beginning the journey. When I took her for that first day of school, I was surrounded by parents fretting about typical kindergarten concerns. Many gave parting words of advice: Eat all your lunch. Be nice. Listen to your teacher. You'll be okay, I promise! I can relate to all of that of course, but the one real anxiety I have, I don't voice in the kindergarten yard: I hope you aren't caught too off guard when kids ask, "What ARE you?"

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Topics: Social and Emotional Learning, Parents

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