Eden Prairie's Imprint

TIDBITS ABOUT CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING & RESPONSIVENESS

February 15, 2016, EDITION III

The Purpose & Name

Eden Prairie's Imprint is an exclusive newsletter dedicated to the new teachers in Eden Prairie Schools. Our focus is on sharing best practice around culturally responsive pedagogy and highlighting our new teachers/staff in an effort to create community and interconnectedness. We recognize the 'imprint' you are making with the hard work and dedication you bring to our school district. If you are interested in contributing to this bi-weekly newsletter, please contact Stephanie Baker, District Q Comp Coordinator/Instructional Coach. Let's make an impression on one another in 2016!

Cultural Tree

This "tree" will grow by contributions, quotes, images, short inspirational moments by YOU --- please send to Stephanie Baker to add to the tree.

"Our Lives Begin to End the Day we Become Silent about Things that Matter" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


"If a curriculum does not respond to a culture, then the culture won't respond to the curriculum." ~Author unknown (Added by Kristen Strauss, Instructional Coach, Cedar Ridge Elementary)


A question posed at the end of Michele Norris’ book (Grace of Silence) - "What's been more corrosive to the dialogue on race in America over the last half century or so - things said or unsaid?” (Added by Dawn Fedora, Q Comp Coach/Observer @ Eden Lake and Cedar Ridge Elementary Schools)

Contributions to our Tree (see above)

Reminder - You can send in a quote, a video, a thought, a picture, a celebration....anything to help make our Eden Prairie Cultural Tree grow! We welcome your thoughts!

Email Stephanie Baker, sbaker@edenpr.org

The Grace of Silence

This book is by author Michelle Norris, former host of NPR's All Things Considered. Born and raised in Minneapolis, her memoir takes on the perspective of growing up in an African American family where secrets were held from her as a young girl.

The Race Card

http://michele-norris.com/featured/the-race-card/

Michelle Norris also started The Race Card Project in 2010 to foster "a wider conversation about race among her readers. It has since grown into a rich and powerful archive. Thousands of people from all over the US and the world have submitted their candid thoughts on race in six-word essays. "

New Teacher/Staff Continuous Learning Session III

Thursday, March 10th, 4-6pm

Eden Prairie High School - Lakeside Lab

New Teacher/Staff Continuous Learning Session IV

Thursday, April 14th, 4-6pm

Eden Prairie High School - Lakeside Lab

Waking Up White Book Study

If interested, I will be facilitating an 8 week online course on the book by Debbie Irving, Waking Up White. Registration will be open this week in Keep Certified. P.S. We will be providing the book!