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Parent Presentation: How To Talk To Your Kids About Racism


On behalf of Lawrence DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity group) and the Anti-Defamation League, PSB is pleased to share the following information about an important parent workshop scheduled for next month. The workshop is free and open to parents and guardians across the district, but registration is required:

November 19: How To Talk To Your Kids About Racism

The Lawrence DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity) group invites all Brookline parents and caregivers to participate in a community dialogue on “How To Talk To Your Kids About Racism,” facilitated by experts from the Anti-Defamation League.  

Danika Manso-Brown (Associate Education Director) and Karen Schwartz (Assistant Education Director) will lead a discussion of concepts and strategies for engaging young people of all ages in conversations around race and racism.  Brookline teachers/staff are also welcome to attend.   

Date:  Tuesday, November 19th

Place:  Lawrence Auditorium

Since the 2016-2017 School Year, PSB has worked with the ADL through their “World of Difference” Peer Leader program. The peer leader program teaches students about the issues of identity, race, privilege, and bias. Brookline students (7th and 8th-grade cohorts, and BHS cohort) work, think and practice together to be upstanders and leaders when challenging issues arise.
Working with the ADL is one way that the PSB supports students in building the leadership skills needed to be upstanders in our schools, our community, and our society. The ADL describes this program as follows:
The World of Difference Peer Training Program prepares young people to use the positive power of peer influence to motivate other students to reflect upon stereotypes and assumptions and take action against prejudice and bigotry in their schools and communities. Young people learn how to assume leadership roles in efforts to create respectful and inclusive schools and communities. Peer trainers learn how to effectively respond when they hear racial slurs, name-calling, and put-downs in the hallways, lunchrooms, and classrooms of their schools, and develop the skills to lead interactive discussions and workshops for their peers and younger students.

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