Now is a perfect time for all of us to take time for introspection where we identify, name, and document our experiences of the past 12 months, and harness the power of those lessons learned. The experiences and reflections of our students, teachers, parents, and families of color can serve as guides for how we can better serve our students in the coming months when they return to their classrooms on campus. The Lifting our Voices Field Guides are designed to make that readjustment both possible and successful by capitalizing on the lessons learned in 2020 and 2021.
DEVELOPED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators (CAAASA)
FIELD GUIDE 1: TRANSITIONING BACK TO SCHOOL WITH A FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIPS
Field Guide #1: Transitioning Back to School with a Focus on Relationships examines the costs of distance learning, the lessons learned, and the opportunities for growth.
FIELD GUIDE 2: LEARNING AND HEALING TOGETHER
Field Guide #2: Learning and Healing Together explores the relationship between emotions and learning, including the considerable stressors experienced by students, families, and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FIELD GUIDE 3: SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT: IN-PERSON AND HYBRID LEARNING
Field Guide #3: School Re-Engagement: In-Person and Hybrid Learning lifts the voices of education leaders, researchers, teachers, students, parents, and even a grandparent, all focused on the challenges of re-engaging in education.
FIELD GUIDE 4: PLANNING FORWARD WITH CULTURAL RELEVANCE IN THE CLASSROOM
In Field Guide #4: Planning Forward with Cultural Relevance in the Classroom, you will hear from education leaders, researchers, teachers, and families about the value of embracing the vibrant, diverse cultures of our communities in our classrooms.
FIELD GUIDE 5: BACK-TO-SCHOOL AND THE YEAR AHEAD: INTEGRATING EMPATHY, COMPASSION AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN OUR SCHOOLS.
In Field Guide #5: Back-to-School and the Year Ahead: Integrating Empathy, Compassion and Restorative Justice in Our Schools, you will hear from education leaders, researchers, teachers, and families about the need for culturally responsive approaches to instruction, discipline, and social emotional well-being.
FIELD GUIDE 6: ENHANCING PARENT ENGAGEMENT FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
In Field Guide #6: Enhancing Parent Engagement for Student Success, you will hear from education leaders, researchers, teachers, and families about the importance of family engagement and strong parent-school partnerships in order to address the needs of the whole child.
FIELD GUIDE 7: SCHOOL RE-ORIENTATION FOR POST-COVID LEARNING
In Field Guide #7: School Re-orientation for Post-COVID Learning, we explore one of the most important challenges facing secondary students, which is providing a pathway to success for middle and high school students who have been failed by our traditional educational system, rather than the conventional “safety nets” that rescued students in relatively small numbers.
FIELD GUIDE 8: UNDERSTANDING THE MOST CRITICAL NEEDS OF TODAY’S AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS (AND CHILDREN FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES OF COLOR)
In Field Guide #8: Understanding the Most Critical Needs of Today’s African American Students (and Children from Other Communities of Color), you will hear from education leaders, researchers, teachers, and families about how educators can best meet the needs of African American students and other students of color given the historical and contemporary challenges they face.
FIELD GUIDE 9: PREPARING AFRICAN AMERICAN (AND OTHER STUDENTS OF COLOR) FOR COLLEGE
In Field Guide #9: Preparing African American (and Other Students of Color) for College, we explore how educators and parents can help prepare African American students and students of color for success in college.
TYPE OF AUDIENCE
Parent, Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Systems Leadership, Teacher
Equity, Social-Emotional Well-being