Sujatha Shenoy, in a piece at Quartz, says that SEED was one of the components that made her daughter's school "unusually well equipped to have difficult conversations about race and other sensitive issues" in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Jr.
This post is by Allison Spire, a SEED leader and K-1 teacher at Our Community School in Chatsworth, California.
Since attending SEED New Leadersâ Week, I can no longer teach the traditional pilgrim stories (the single story) I have always known. I keep hearing the voice of Chimamanda Adichie saying in her video (in that beautiful voice), "Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story." At first, since I had not had an opportunity to develop new curriculum, I simply focused on a general theme of "being thankful." I believed that was, at least, better than teaching the single storyâuntil I could get my act together.
A grand jury is set to decide shortly on a verdict in the case of Darren Wilson, a White police officer charged with the shooting death of Michael Brown, a Black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Whatever the verdict, it is likely to rouse strong feelings across the country. We therefore thought it might be useful to share SEED leader and San Francisco teacher Judy Logan's story of how using Serial Testimony, one of SEED's methods for intentionally structuring conversation, helped her multi-racial class of middle school students respond to the O.J. Simpson verdict of October, 1995, in a constructive way, without shame or blame.