Racial Justice

Racial Justice

Ideas for Teaching Self-Advocacy and Contribution in the Classroom

We believe fighting anti-blackness and speaking out against oppression of all forms deeply matters to the health of our communities and classrooms. As educators, we can create opportunities for young people to reflect on injustices, advocate for themselves, and contribute to their community for a more just world. Meaningful contributions not only help our community, but they also cultivate a sense of belonging and significance for young people. Get started or add to your current practices with a few of these suggestions:   Incorporate Community Care & Advocacy into Your Classroom Build your students advocacy skills and encourage community by [...]

2023-05-03T20:01:21+00:00February 3, 2023|

DOOL Youth Inspire Educators to Share Power and Create Equitable Learning Environments

DOOL presenters pose in front of the Space Needle after an inspiring session at the TAF Convening! On October 8th a diverse crowd of educators filed into the Laser Dome at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. However, none of them were there to see a laser show! They had all come to experience an immersive workshop designed and facilitated by youth from Sound Discipline’s DOOL program. DOOL (Designing Our Own Learning) is in its fourth year, bringing together students and educators to share power, develop leadership skills, and reimagine our educational system. The original funding for DOOL came through a [...]

2023-05-01T22:46:12+00:00October 31, 2022|

Changing the World, A Classroom at a Time

We've been head down, all of us, chipping away at the tough stuff in front of us for the last few years.  At Sound Discipline's board retreat last week, we stepped back and took a look around at the world that is the context for all of our work in schools: The pandemic Division and suspicion of "the other" Climate impacts like wildfires, storms, and floods Racism Gun violence All of this big stuff is overwhelming and bigger than any one of us. But every day, when students show up in classrooms, the moments matter. Subtle changes make profound differences. [...]

2023-05-01T22:08:22+00:00September 30, 2022|

An Interview with Tonya Wilson

Directly impacted by the prison system, today Tonya Wilson is the Reentry Outreach Coordinator of Freedom Project, and a board member of the Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS) at the University of Puget Sound. A Tacoma native, Tonya is a TEDx speaker and appeared in the documentary “Since I’ve Been Down." "It would be easy for someone to have looked at my mom's life and to look at all effort expended on her behalf as wasted resources." - Tonya Wilson, from her 2015 TEDx Talk Cracked Sidewalks   On March 15, 2022, from 12-2pm PST, Sound Discipline [...]

2022-03-07T12:32:04+00:00March 7, 2022|

Lakeridge Elementary’s Journey

What is it like to transform a school into a place where all young people feel they belong, they matter, and they can grow as learners? Lakeridge Elementary, in the Renton School District, has been on just such a journey. In the spring of 2020, while navigating remote learning during school closures, the skilled Lakeridge data team, supported by Sound Discipline facilitators, decided to focus data collection on identifying patterns of racial disproportionality in discipline and identifying ways to develop a truly inclusive school community. Analyzing Data and Looking for Patterns A typical data team is made up of members [...]

2022-02-16T11:34:05+00:00February 16, 2022|

The Problem with ‘Learning Loss’ Part 1: Outcomes vs. Experiences

"The learning loss narrative does not bring us together. It’s not the teacher’s fault; it’s not one school. It’s a systemic problem that goes back to before the pandemic." - Regina Elmi, Co-founder of Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond   As the country emerges from a global pandemic, we at Sound Discipline are paying attention to the conversation in education and policy circles about 'learning loss.' Applying the lenses of test scores, academic milestones, and SEL metrics, state and district superintendents are feeling and passing on the pressure to quantify and replace standards-based content not delivered in online classrooms. [...]

2021-06-09T15:17:46+00:00June 9, 2021|

Black History and Belonging in School

When we say, "what if every child knew they belonged?", what exactly do we mean?   Recently, I explored this question over Zoom with Dr. DeLeon Gray, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Education Equity at North Carolina State University and a leading researcher on the intersection of race, belonging, and motivation in school.   I learned about Dr. Gray's work from Education Trust Research Associate Nancy Duchesneau. When Nancy and I talked about Sound Discipline's investigation into belonging, she said, "Well then, you have to talk with DeLeon Gray. He is pretty much the leading voice on belonging."   [...]

2021-02-12T12:22:59+00:00February 12, 2021|

Washington State Racial Disparities in Discipline

How is Washington State doing in its effort to reduce racial disparities in discipline? According to a recent report by The Education Trust, we have a long way to go. In her November 22 feature for EdLab, Seattle Times reporter Joy Resmovits details the report's findings, with school suspension data at the top of the page: (Click on the chart to open a full-size version) As the chart illustrates, in spite of Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) updated rules governing exclusionary discipline, racial discipline disparities persist. Why? Sound Discipline Board Member, Megan Streeter, who serves [...]

2020-12-11T07:39:36+00:00December 11, 2020|


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