Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. In addition to working in the industry for eleven years, I’ve consulted for diversity and inclusion (D&I) for nearly two decades. My skills and experiences in demand included auditing to determine the current D&I gaps within the business, troubleshooting to pinpoint root causes of D&I issues, creating results-oriented D&I programming, and resolving intercultural conflicts. As a cultural anthropologist, I am interested in best practices in diversity and inclusion in corporate settings as well as cross-cultural issues in a variety of spaces. I have advised both domestically and internationally, and offer my services in my free time to local non-profits to remove barriers for marginalized youth and adults and promote intercultural peace and understanding What brought you to PLC? PLC’s mission and values align to my own, and demonstrates them daily through its committed support in serving the community. What are you most excited about in your new role? Collaborating with like-minded individuals in service to the community. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Spending time with my family (and that includes my pup!) doing anything at all. Oh, and a pot of masala chai! If we pushed play on what you were last listening to (music, podcast or otherwise) what would we hear? Anecdotes of the Buddha’s life, as related to his disciples, collected in Old Path, White
Did you know that July 17th is National Emoji Day? To celebrate, we're sharing a social-emotional check-in strategy that works for groups of any size and folks of all ages! Check out the video above to hear the directions and learn about ways this activity can be extended. These free slides make this a zero prep strategy for the classroom.
Perfect for international educators! Peace Learning Circles is a social emotional learning program that is based on the Tribe Learning Communities framework. We've kept the amazing foundational elements of the process, but have revised and replaced content that may no longer reflect best practices. Workshops will take place, virtually, on July 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 8pm-midnight EST. Register today!
Peace Learning Circles is a social emotional learning program that is based on the Tribe Learning Communities framework. We've kept the amazing foundational elements of the process, but have revised and replaced content that may no longer reflect best practices. Workshops will take place, virtually, on June 14, 17, 28, and July 1 from 1-5pm EST. Register today.
Let’s start with the easy stuff – give us a sample of your professional background and experience. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Psychology, I taught junior high English and Social Studies for 5 years. I also served as an Equity and Inclusion Coach and Social Emotional Learning Coordinator for my school. I was very fortunate to be able to attend a wide variety of wonderful equity, inclusion, and social emotional learning trainings during my time as an educator. What brought you to PLC? Oh man, my journey to PLC goes back a few years. At the time, Marc Williams was the biggest proponent of restorative practices in our district. He invited PLC to present on RP at one of our district-wide professional development days, and I happened to attend that session. It marked a major shift in my professional and personal beliefs. I really started to focus on educating myself and finding other mentors like Marc. Over time, it just got harder and harder to ignore certain systemic issues. In August 2020, I reached a breaking point. Myself and other educators in my community were fighting hard for some essential changes, and we just kept hitting wall after wall. I realized that I needed to rethink how I was trying to effect change, and I decided to visit PLC’s website. I was only intending
Hello again from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson. Last week brought sad news of the death of Marin Sanchez, a 16-year old student in Milford, CT. She died after being stabbed at school by a fellow student, who supposedly attacked her because she would not go to prom with him. Although solutions are not simple, preventing such a tragedy from happening again deserves the attention and mindful action of us all. The value of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) came to mind right away for me. In the video below from January 2014, Trish Shaffer, Coordinator for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for the Washoe County School District, gave a TEDx talk on the importance of SEL at a TEDx forum in Reno, Nevada. https://youtu.be/LbfpyJfI1ho Ms. Shaffer made many important points, including that in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, students need to be taught to manage their emotions and to connect with others. Amongst other things, this can help children develop the ability to be resilient and effectively get back up again when things don’t go their way. Many young people today are feeling disconnected and angry, and may not understand how to process these challenging feelings or take appropriate action. If from a young age, children are taught social and emotional skills in school, and have the appropriate opportunities to practice these skills, this can mean so much more than just implementing anti-bullying mandates. And yet, this is just the