Teachers of Color Mentorship News
Reflect, Connect, and Celebrate
Thank you for joining us for our last Teachers of Color Mentorship Program Meeting for the year on Wednesday, May 3! Superintendent Mary Kreger was present to connect and celebrate, as well as answer questions from our participants. Our discussion questions were:
- What are some SUCCESSES of this school year?
- What are some CHALLENGES of this school year?
- What have been your unique experiences as a person of color in the culture of 196?
- Is there anything else we need to know that is specific to your position?
- What do we need to know and do to further diversify our workforce?
The trimester survey results with overarching themes and responses can be found in our handout (p. 4). We then had time to connect with each other. This is also our final newsletter of this school year. Thank you so much for your support and participation. We look forward to working together next year!
SAVE THE DATE: 8/17/23
ToC mentors and mentees are invited to attend The Catalyst Approach Training on August 17, 2023. Learn how to connect with your students even more and to create an even more calm, safe, and welcoming space regardless of your content area. More information to come. Ask Yen, Maribel, Drew, and/or Claire about their experiences.
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End Of The Year Checklist
Mentors, please support your Mentee(s) with their school's end of the year checklist. You could discuss how to pace their teaching while packing up, checking out, and cleaning materials. Also, share ways to bring closure to their students and themselves.
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Resources for Your Mind, Body, & Soul
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Your mental health is important year round. The Employee Assistance Program has two resources to support the mental health of your household members and yourself - resilience flyer and mindfulness-based stress reduction program. For more information, contact Anita Toth, District 196 Human Resource Supervisor.
St. Paul Farmers' Market
Located throughout the Twin Cities, "The Saint Paul Farmers' Market offers a wide variety of fresh and local products. From produce to pastries to local proteins and dairy, you can find it all at your local Saint Paul Farmers' Market."
Marc Heu Patisserie Paris
Marc Heu Patisserie Paris is an Asian-owned pastry shop located in St. Paul that specializes in "French pastries, desserts, wedding cakes and catering." Marc Heu was a studying medical student turned pastry chef.
Seeds of Peace: Philando Castile Peace Garden
The Philando Castile family turned a tragedy into a space for "peace, justice and healing" by creating a peace garden for the public to find their peace, justice and healing.
Dakota Spirit Walk: Augmented Reality Public Art
"Presented by Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota) in collaboration with Todd Boss (Revelo AR artistic director) & supported by Pixel Farm Studios. The Dakota Spirit Walk is a permanent augmented reality public art installation that honors, educates and connects visitors to Dakota history, culture and significance of land through the art and storytelling of Marlena Myles, Spirit Lake Dakota. Now open at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota."
The Black Market
The Black Market is a black-business marketplace that offers unique foods, products, music, and games for the whole family. They also offer themed pop-up markets. It is open the second Saturday of each month except in January.