Tuesday, June 23, 2020
6:30 p.m.




I.      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Cape Elizabeth Schools:

A.  Presentations:
00:05 •   Heather Altenburg – Welcome/Rationale for the Workshop
04:14 •   Donna Wolfrom – Overview of Agenda/Meeting Goals
06:33 •   Cathy Stankard – Curriculum/Professional Development
45:45 - part 2
12:52 •   Jason Manjourides & Bri Gallagher – Racial Equity Institute Training
01:31:53•   GSEA Leadership Academy Participants – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey
02:06:38 •   Heather Altenburg – Ideas for Moving Forward Discussion

02:26:30 Adjourn Meeting


Chat Transcript:

00:17:05 Joanna Payne: You can have people write questions in the chat
00:30:16 Gina Tapp: How might we enter the conversation?
00:30:23 cadyndigiovanni: raise your hand
00:30:29 Gina Tapp: I'm not seeing the option to raise a hand.
00:31:03 Hope Straw: hover your mouse at the bottom of screen, and click on "Participants".... then
00:31:25 Hope Straw: when you see the list of participants on the right, hover over your name...
00:31:37 Hope Straw: then click "more" then"raise hand"
00:33:01 Hope Straw: sorry, correction, "Raise Hand" is a button at the bottom of the participant list. :)
00:46:54 Shukria Wiar: 100% agree with Melanie Thomas!
00:47:30 cadyndigiovanni: yes. action, not a declaration without action.
00:51:54 Margaret Brownlee: Here is a resource for teachers: https://www.racialequitytools.org/home
00:52:20 Margaret Brownlee: Here is another one: https://resilienteducator.com/
00:53:10 Eliza Matheson: Thank you Margaret!
00:53:34 Jenn McVeigh: Some resources as well:
00:53:38 Jenn McVeigh: https://www.pisab.org/
00:54:01 Jenn McVeigh: https://youthempowermentproject.org/
00:54:09 Elizabeth Scifres: She's muted
00:54:28 Maureen Clancy: Sorry see headphones for first time and now not working
00:55:29 Jenn McVeigh: And this is a really good resource for understanding the various stages, with resources included which has helped me better understand: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/mobilebasic
01:01:46 Eliza Matheson: I would very much support our district working with Shay Stewart-Boulay
01:02:08 cadyndigiovanni: Totally agree! She is very relevant to our community
01:03:46 Eliza Matheson: And I would like to throw our resources behind her, as a Black woman living in Maine and already doing this work.
01:09:59 jubalzimmerman: Thanks to all the people of color for expressing your unique views and opinions. Thanks to all the teachers and administrators and school board members for listening. Please see APA special issue 2019 Racial trauma: Theory, research, and healing and multiple other sources i can provide to support the speaker's opinion about racism as traumatizing and the exponential negative emotional effect of daily racist acts and/or implicit bias. I'd like to see any committee be made up of parents of color and students of color rather than primarily white people. I echo the call for greatly expanded history of people of color and embed a multicultural curriculum taught by people of color and/or a different multicultural background representative of at least some of our students of color. A diverse staff and curriculum that supports and celebrates diversity will benefit all our students who will leave this predominantly white bubble and enter seriously more diverse college and community settings and need to thrive.
01:10:23 Nicole Boucher: It's not just history, read books like sci-fi from Octavia Butler!
01:11:38 Jenn McVeigh: Implicit bias teaching is key. I have heard one too many times "I am not a racist" "Our kids got this" and then I listened to the students at the rally and there is a disconnect between being "nice" and "accepting" and being anti-racist.
01:12:09 Nicole Boucher: My husband grew up in northern Maine and the first time he saw Black people he was a teenager on his way to Six Flags and he didn't know how to process it. THAT is failing our kids.
01:12:11 cadyndigiovanni: <3
01:13:48 Margaret Brownlee: How do you find jobs in Cape Public Schools? The website is difficult to navigate.
01:14:30 Eliza Matheson: Great point, Margaret.
01:14:56 Audra Gore: I fully agree with Khadija Ahmed!
01:15:01 cadyndigiovanni: Khadija!
01:15:28 Eliza Matheson: Khadija, thank you. Thank you for saying these things. I can imagine this is exhausting.
01:17:30 Audra Gore: A full time Black teacher to teach our students AND our teachers. To help build and reshape our community. We need help.
01:17:46 Jessica Morel: thank you Khadija!
01:21:35 Elizabeth Scifres: Cape School Department posts job openings on a national educational job site called ServingSchools.com, among other outlets.
01:22:50 Jenn McVeigh: Thank you for sharing your experiences and suggestions. We have so much to learn from our youth. We need to hear this.
01:24:39 Marie's iPhone: That is wrong, I am sorry that happened.
01:29:23 Marie's iPhone: It should not all be the pain and suffering of Black people. There is more to Black culture than that. There are many scientists, mathematicians, artists, writers, that make up Black history.
01:31:12 Marie's iPhone: For some reason when we white people think of teaching Black history we automatically go to slavery and Jim Crow. That is important, but there are many other things to teach about Black history.
01:39:03 Jenn McVeigh: Thank You, Rafina.
01:39:34 Gina Tapp: Thank you Rafina.
01:39:41 jholdridge: While I am hopeful about the focus on revising subject matter, I think it's important for us to recognize that education and anti- racism work is not only what happens in classrooms. Educating the "whole child," as former teacher Tom Lizotte would say, is about more than what happens in subject area curricular experiences that can be graded. If we are to truly educate the whole child there should be equal emphasis and importance on community experiences that occur both inside and outside of the school walls. The work of Seeds of Peace is a great example and we have students who have attempted to bring that work to CEHS.
01:58:49 Maureen Clancy: Everyone needs relationships with all people, people who look like us and don't, if children have an experience with a teacher of color that has influence on them and their lives.
02:01:53 Eliza Matheson: Rafina, I think hearing your perspective is helpful. And as was said last night in the Town Council meeting, sharing these differing perspectives is essential.
02:10:45 jubalzimmerman: One Black teacher before third grade increases the chances a child of color will attend college and two teachers adds to the chance - the role model effect. There are numerous other positive effects of having a teacher who looks like the student.
02:10:56 jubalzimmerman: From Johns Hopkins study.
02:12:09 Eliza Matheson: And who doesn't look like the student - white students benefit from having teachers/staff/folks in the schools who don't look like them. We all benefit!
02:13:23 Margaret Brownlee: yes, privilege comes in many forms
02:14:37 Margaret Brownlee: I am privileged because of my education. I am aware of that.
02:16:26 Rafina Young: You're so very welcome Eliza. Thank you and Joanna for bringing such wonderful points to the table. We need change and it starts with wonderful teachers who see it's needed.
02:18:09 Joanna Payne: Thank you, Phil. We are committed to the work of antiracism.
02:18:29 Elizabeth Yarrington: Yes, thank you, Phil.
02:18:32 Eliza Matheson: That's a really good idea. Thank you Phil. I think Heather is right that the fatigue is real, especially for those who have had to share these stories over and over.
02:18:40 Jenn McVeigh: Agreed, Phil. This needs to stay on the table
02:19:13 Margaret Brownlee: thank you everyone. I have to put my daughter to bed. It's late. Thank you again
02:19:32 Eliza Matheson: Thanks for coming in Margaret. I was secretly hopeful you had moved here and I didn't know :)
02:20:16 Melanie Thomas: These are great conversations and very necessary to have! Thanks all. I appreciate all of you.
02:20:19 John Cesere: Gwen, John's wife here, we have two at PC. My thoughts as a teacher is that there needs to be a structure for students to set up an ally group to help other students discuss race and be allies within the student body.
02:20:36 Elizabeth Yarrington: Thank you, Rafina.
02:20:54 Mimi Esch: She is probably muted by her hardware
02:21:11 Joanna Payne: Gwen, yes, we need affinity groups at the schools for students.
02:21:21 Eliza Matheson: Yes, I think that can start at the PC level, Gwen.
02:23:39 Audra Gore: I missed the emails? Are they available?
02:24:31 Heather Altenburg: The email was what Liz and Joanna talked about and was sent to the school board
02:24:46 Audra Gore: For the teachers
02:24:49 Noah Scott: Hello, I'm Sarah Robinson and sorry for the creepy smile. My son Noah Scott attends CEMS and he mostly uses the Zoom account.
02:24:49 Audra Gore: from
02:25:07 Audra Gore: Can they be shared?
02:25:28 Audra Gore: Could it be shared with the community?
02:36:45 Nasir: Change is not one thing or two it is collective actions and collective effort by all. So we need to educate ourselves and one another at all times at dinners, classes, lunches and etc.
02:37:27 Gina Tapp: Thank you for this meeting and letting us contribute to the conversation!
02:37:37 Jenn McVeigh: THank you.
02:37:39 Sairah S: Thank you!