Rooftop Family!

I continue to be impressed and moved by the passion and dedication of all members of our Rooftop community with each passing day. I’m happy to say that over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to engage with both teachers and parents around issues related to equity. A willingness to engage in these kinds of conversations is a good start. This week, I attended a professional development session with several members of our Rooftop team focused on providing support for our students. A portion of the training focused on “Changing the Discourse in Schools.” Specifically, we talked about two kinds of discourse:

Discourse I: The language typically used to talk about, question and plan the work of schools, change or reform. Discourse I dialogue support hand maintains the status quo without appearing unresponsive to outside demands for improvement.

Discourse II: The language that tends to be about uncomfortable, unequal, ineffective, prejudicial conditions and relationships in schools. Discourse II opens up space for ambiguity and change to be part of a purposeful structure.

I’m looking forward to moving our discussions into “Discourse II.” To do that, we need your voice to be included in that discussion. So, as we have more professional development on this important topic, I’ll be reaching out to our parent community leaders to invite them to participate in this discussion. Also, I’ll be looking for other opportunities for all of us to engage in equity-based conversations on a regular basis throughout the school year.

Thank you for being a part of the conversation!

Jeff & Tiffany

 

Familia Rooftop!

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Jeff y Tiffany

 

山頂家庭:

我每一天被我們所有山頂社會成員的激情和奉獻精神繼續留下深刻印象和感動。我高興地說過去的幾周內我有機會與教師和家長談論有關公平的問題。願意參與談論有關這類型的問題是一個良好的開始。這一周我與我們山頂團隊的幾成員參加了專業發展會議專注于如何為我們的學生提供支持。一部分訓練的重點是'改變學校中的言語'。具體來說,我們談論了約兩種言語:
第一種言語: 通常是用來談論、提出問題和計劃學校、改變或改革工作的語言。第一種言語對話支持維持現狀而沒有顯示對外界改變的要求沒有作出反應。
第二種言語:這種言語往往是有關學校內很不舒服,不平等,沒有果效,有損害和關係。第二種言語在一個有目的的結構內打開了意義不明確和改變的空間。
我盼望我們的討論能進入'第二種言語'。要做到這一點,我們需要你的聲音包括在該討論中。所以當我們在這個重要的主題有更多的專業發展時,我將會邀請我們的社區領導人參與這次討論。同時我會尋找其他的機會為我們所有人在整個學年內能定期參與有關於公平的對話。
謝謝你成為對話的一分子 !

Jeff & Tiffany