Ep. 12: You Don't Have to Sell Wrapping Paper

Our EQ: How do we build a sense of community and family across economic, racial, and cultural differences?                                                        REMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIX

Guests: Sheree Cooks and Megan Clark

Former (beloved) guests Sheree and Megan return for a chat about the PTA, Tacoma’s Whole Child Initiative, social emotional (aka SEL, aka “soash emoash”) learning, and the heart that goes into our school-based services such as food and clothing banks. Other topics include:

  • ACES: take the survey here
  • Don't forget intersectionality that offsets or buffers some trauma!
  • The need for cultural awareness and understanding in official and unofficial school communication.
  • The importance of volunteering for charitable organizations and neighborhood schools year-round, not only at the holidays.
  • Megan’s plans for world domination via non-profit work.
  • Important deets about the PTA: it’s America’s largest student advocacy group.

Timeless or Terrible:

    
  • Baby Industrial Complex
  • Flat Bread

Do Your Fudging Homework

Episode 5: Don't Send a Letter, Have a Conversation

Today’s essential question is: how do we build a sense of community and family across economic, racial, and cultural differences?

Special Guests:

  • Sheree Cooks, Public Education Family Engagement Advocate and Community Member; Received the 2017 Gold Star Community Partnership Award from TPS

  • Megan Clark, Family Engagement Liaison

We cram so much into this 50 minute episode, it’s like a teacher’s bag(s) on a Friday - bursting at the seams. What’s the difference between parent involvement and parent engagement? How do schools build (authentic) cross-cultural bridges? Why does it matter that we use language  like “our school” rather than “my school” when we talk with parents and families? How do you balance your passion for your work and necessary self-care? How do we address the well-intended, color-blind teacher that raise our children to be empowered to fight systemic racism and color-blindness? Sheree and Megan break it down with painful, heartfelt, and sometimes hilarious anecdotes. These experiences are shared from their lens as parents. 

They will be back on the show to share more stories from the perspective of community partners, highlighting the successes and challenges of engaging community and families.  

Do Your Fudging Homework:

  • Megan: Get involved in your community. Talk about the work that is being done and connect organizations with those who are passionate about the work.
  • Sheree: Give where you can. Support programs that encourage community engagement. Participate in community events such as the Eastside Nature Walk on October 28.
  • Annie: Read the article “Family Engagement: Resource Roundup” from Edutopia

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