Ordinarily, these difficult conversations would have begun organically in our school hallways with students and teachers sharing their concerns, fears and frustrations over another tragic death and senseless acts of violence. Inadvertently, this hallway chatter would have made its way into the classroom and the daily planned lessons would have been set aside, and our teachers and support staff would have used this as a spontaneous teachable moment.
During this time of Distance Teaching and Learning, we, as educators, must find a way to support families as co-teachers who are on the frontline of fielding questions from students of all ages as these events play out in the daily news stream in their “home classroom”. While our social workers, school psychologists and school counselors are always available to support any student who may be impacted by recent events, the district is also committed to providing additional support to parents to help educate their children.To that end, the Stamford Public Schools (SPS) Office of Family & Community Engagement is hosting our second Parent Pop-Up Webinar to assist families with these conversations.
In the words of the late Nelson Mandela: No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
SPS Parent Pop-Up Webinar
Let’s Talk: Strategies for speaking with children about race and traumatic events