The Storyteller

Book Studies

  • White Fragility

    by Dr. Robin DiAngelo Year Published: 2018

    Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

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  • So You Want to Talk About Race

    by Ijeoma Oluo Year Published: 2018

    In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

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  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

    by Zaretta Hammond Year Published: 2014


    To close the achievement gap, diverse classrooms need a proven framework for optimizing student engagement. Culturally responsive instruction has shown promise, but many teachers have struggled with its implementation―until now.


    In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain-compatible culturally responsive instruction.


    The book includes:


    • Information on how one’s culture programs the brain to process data and affects learning relationships
    • Ten "key moves" to build students’ learner operating systems and prepare them to become independent learners
    • Prompts for action and valuable self-reflection
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               Scope of Work for 2019-2020 School Year

      • Continue with Cohort Meetings/Trainings with Director of Equity
      •  Add New Cohort
      • Develop PDs to be delivered through schools and district
      • Mentor new cohort members- build knowledge base
      • Lead and suppport Equity Teams at schools site
      • Collaborate with Instructional Coaches and Principals



Race and Equity Leads


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    Race and Equity Leaders 2019-2020

    • Xandra Peter (she/her)- BC
    • Susie Moore (she/her)-  BKS
    • Homa (Mitra)  Bigverdi (she/her)- Edwin Pratt ELC
    • Jaime Atencio(he/him)- EL
    • David Guthrie (he/him)- Einstein
    • Wayne Hoskins (he/him)- HT
    • Erin O'Connor (she/her)- Kellogg
    • Amy McClellan (she/her)- Einstein
    • Lynn Gardiner (she/her)- LFP
    • Natalie Bachicha-Wells (she/her)- MP
    • Khue Tran(she/her)- PW
    • Kendra Treece (she/her)- PW
    • Rosie Currier (she/her)- RC
    • Micaela Katz (she/her)- CK-8
    • Alixis Waltrip (she/her)-Syre
    • Matt Law (he/him)-North City Kinder
    • Kelsey Campbell (she/her)- SW
    • Johanna Phillips (she/her)- SC
    • Danny Chavez (he/him)- SC
    • Courtney Ryan (she/her)- EPELC
    • Ryan Ferguson (he/him) - MPK
    • Erica Ryan (she/her)- SW


    Objectives for Race and Equity Leads

    1) To intentionally examine, adjust, and inform instructional practice using an equity lens.

    2) To develop and lead race and equity professional development designed to open minds, build awareness, increase knowledge, and grow skills in culturally responsive instructional practices to meet the needs of each and every one of our students.

    3) To build leadership capacity of staff in leading courageous conversations around race and equity.