This site is for teachers and parents who support children as learners. As a District Resource Teacher, I support educators who in turn work with many kinds of learners. Together, we work toward meeting the needs of all learners – Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Usually, my focus is working with educators to help children learn about their Social and Emotional well-being. I believe that developing an understanding of our social-emotional selves is fundamental to inclusion and that inclusion helps grow communities.
However, as a result of international events exposing racism, as well as events at home in Canada, I have had to take a second, deeper look at what I do, teach, and say. I had thought that by teaching and promoting Social and Emotional Learning, that would encompass anti-racism goals. I have since learned many things; both about racism and about myself as a white person of privilege. I have now started down a path which I hope leads to some kind of clarity for me and my role as a parent, teacher, ally, and friend.
I want to acknowledge the grief and trauma that Indigenous communities are experiencing as more children’s graves are “discovered” at the sites of Canadian Residential Schools. The elders in these communities and those participating in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have been telling Canadians for decades about the horrors they experienced.
Now finally, we are listening? As a Canadian, I am ashamed. We need to do better.
Click here for a child-friendly version of the Calls to Action, by the First Nations Child & Family Caring society of Canada.
Click here to read the 19 Recommended Calls to Action. Click here to read the whole report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Click here to read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
You can find “Anti-Racism” information, videos and resources both for parents and educators. I will continue to add to these pages. If you know of something that might be helpful, please send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
If you have just finished your school year and are looking forward to the summer break . . .
You survived educating during a pandemic! I am in awe of the educators that continued to show up day after day in a pandemic because of their commitment to their students. I watched many teachers pretty much crawl to the finish line in the last week of June. But we made it! For most of us in Canada, we are seeing what is hopefully the end of the worst of it. If that is the case for you, your job is not over quite yet. Now it is time to look after yourself. Take some time to do the things with your families that you have not been able to do.
Have a well-deserved rest from school if that is possible. At the very least, take some deep breaths and acknowledge not only your survival, but the grace with which you accomplished this – and you did do it with grace – even if it didn’t always feel that way.
Having walked beside you part of the way, I thank you. And I know, your students thank you!