Thank you to those who attended the meeting on Wednesday, January 8th. If the conversation in that room at the Moses Youth Center is any indication of how the year will go, the future of 2020 sure looks bright.
We used our time together to pause, reflect, and take a look back at our personal experiences in school to begin to build empathy for the experiences our young people are facing now. We started the meeting by looking at the Agenda for Children OST recommended Ways of Being. If you've been looking for staff meeting agreements, we highly suggest using these as a way to practice anti-racism through our relationships.
We explored the question: What is an experience in your life as a student/scholar that has had an effect on the way you view, experience and live your life as a racialized human being? The courage in that room from folks to reach back and look at (sometimes painful) past experiences is a crticial part of the antiracist work we need to be doing to leave a (more) just and peaceful world for our young people.
So now what? Here are some next steps you can take for yourself and on-site to continue this work:
Breakthrough Academic enrichment program that starts the summer after 6th grade and continues through high school. Competitive admissions
Cambridge Girls Softball Winter Clinic pitching, hitting and fielding practices
Maud Morgan Arts: Art classes 10 weeks- pottery, drawing/painting, printmaking, stop animation
humanities first approach. Then build robotic prototypes to address problems.
Art, Music, Movies & Making: Students learn to dream, design and make (almost) anything with digital fabrication tools including 3D-printers, laser cutters and more.
Sponsored by Agassiz Baldwin, Cambridge Community Center and East End House will help you understand the effects of trauma on middle school youth development, brain development, and behavior. You also will gain an understanding of the neurobiology of trauma. The workshop will cover best practices for individuals and programs in trauma sensitivity, the importance of self-care, mindfulness activities, and how to avoid vicarious traumatization.
The workshop, Working with Traumatized Middle School Youth, will be held at Cambridge Community Center from 10 am to 12 pm on January 31st and will be lead by Alice Cohen. If you would like to sign up, please register here on Sched.
Have you or your staff found yourself feeling unhelpful when middle schoolers ask for assistance with their math homework? If so, there is an upcoming Math Night at the Putnam Ave Upper School on Tuesday, January 14th from 4:15-6:15pm to help adults learn more about how youth are using math in school and other fun ways to bring math into your programs.
Have your homework rooms been disruptive and unfocused? Maybe you may have tried adjusting your positive behavior guidance systems, but the issue persists. Young people want to be successful, and often when they are displaying challenging behaviors, it is because they do not feel equipped or supported to engage in the challenge of learning. Learning is a frustrating process, and middle schoolers need staff who are prepared to support them.
Building our capacity as Youth Workers in content areas like math and writing, can deepen our relationship to young people and provide opportunities for better understanding of how they learn and what they need to be advocates in their education.
Imagine if you could feel more confident with helping with math assignments, rather than having to tell young people to quiet down. Come sharpen your interests and join your MSN crew on January 14th as we brush up on our math skills!
If you are interested in attending, email Melinda by Friday, December 18th. For more information about the event, download the flyer or keep reading below.
Please join @loveyourmaginc @theteachersloungema and @ccscambridge for a screening of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools at the Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch Lecture Hall.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with: Ayesha Wilson (newly elected member of the Cambridge School Committee
Rachel Jean-Louis (CCSC Middle School Principal) Routh Derege (11th grade student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School) Yodemaell St. Rose (10th grade student at Community Charter School of Cambridge) Noelani Gabriel ) Director of Student and Family Engagement at CCSC (moderator).
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools is a feature length documentary which takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities facing Black Girls. Inspired by the groundbreaking book of the same name by renowned scholar, Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., the documentary confronts the ways in which the misunderstanding of Black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline which in turn disrupts one of the most important factors in their lives, their education.
Join us for our last meeting of 2019!
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Maud Morgan Arts:
What: Art classes 10 weeks- pottery, drawing/painting, printmaking, stop animation
Who: 6-8th graders
When: January 6 - March 23, days and times depends on class. Check out their website for more details.
Where: 20A Sacramento Street
Cost: Varies based on class ($300-$375), scholarships available!