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Parent dialogues

During the 2020-2021 school year, Gordon’s parent dialogue series centered around the topic of what it means to build an antiracist community: as a school, as care-givers, as young people.

Gordon provided parents with information, ideas, inspiration and space to question, learn, connect, and act around topics that matter to all of us. Delving deeper into antiracist practice and pedagogy is not only timely but also a natural evolution of Gordon’s commitment to creating a community where everyone can belong and contribute. The series continued the conversations parents have been having with each other during the Conversations on Race series that has happened over the past several years.

Parent dialogues, 2020-2021

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Gordon reads! 
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
For October's parent dialogue on Ibram Kendhi's book Stamped from the Beginning, seventh and eighth grade voices were represented by these prerecorded reflections.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Howard Stevenson 
Author of Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, Dr. Stevenson has conducted extensive research in racial stress and racial literacy, specifically focusing on how schools can better support all students. Dr. Stevenson met with students and faculty throughout the day, and led this evening discussion with parents. Learn more at www.gordonschool.org/stevenson

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Race in the USA: the remix, side A 
Gordon's eighth grade curriculum includes an extended series of lessons on the Black experience in the United States. In the winter of 2020-2021 winter, Gordon faculty and administrators presented it, remixed and remastered for adults. Links to resources and further reading at www.gordonschool.org/race

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Race in USA: the remix, side B
 This is the second of two parts. Links to resources and further reading at www.gordonschool.org/race