- PS 97 Harvey Austin School
Disproportionality Culturally Responsive Education Training Session
On November 18, 2021, the Office of CLRI facilitated a powerful Disproportionality Culturally Responsive Education Training Session centered on the theme of Hope and Healing for Humanity. The session began with participants reflecting on the African American experience of the Great Migration. Participants shared many compelling personal experiences and how their own experiences connect to the Great Migration and other immigration experiences. The quote from Isabel Wilkerson, “African Americans had to flee the land of their birth to be recognized as the citizens they were,” was very thought-provoking. Throughout their reflections on this quote, participants recognized the gifts, bravery, and brilliance of our African American brothers and sisters that were brought to the forefront as a result of the Great Migration.
Following this engaging introduction, breakout sessions were opened. Participants were first taken through the journey of Anthony Ray Hinton’s life story—a man who was wrongfully imprisoned and sentenced to death for 28 years, before his conviction was overturned and he was freed in 2015! Through video clips and an excerpt from his book, The Sun Does Shine, participants considered connections between Mr. Hinton’s story and the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as how he centered hope and joy, even in dire circumstances. Next, participants reflected on the key ideas from the Great Migration and compared them to poignant topics in the book Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson, which is also the Disproportionality district book study this year.
Continuing with the theme of Hope and Healing for Humanity, the Scholars for Social Justice had the opportunity to attend their own training session with Dr. Angel Acosta, which focused on teaching them how to lead their own healing-centered mindfulness sessions. The Office of CLRI is looking forward to partaking in these powerful sessions with our Scholars! As a reminder, the next set of Disproportionality Culturally Education Training Sessions will be held on December 15th and 16th, which will feature guest speaker, Anthony Ray Hinton.
Dr. Acosta working with the Scholars for Social Justice – student representatives from each high school.