Happy New Year Woodlin Families!
Please join your PTA on Tuesday, Jan. 9th for our monthly PTA meeting. We are so pleased to offer a parent education class focused on talking with kids about race and racism. This will be an adult-only discussion and babysitting will be provided. Pizza dinner will be available in the APR at 6:30, and then the adults will move to the Media Center for the discussion from 7pm to 8pm. See the description below.
How to Talk to Our Kids about Race and Racism (Tuesday, Jan 9, 6:30pm)
Every night, parents and kids hear about events and incidents that are frightening, difficult to understand, and often uncomfortable to talk about. Join us at the January 9th PTA meeting for a discussion about how we can talk to our kids about race and racism, led by two experts in the field who are also mothers engaging in this discussion with their own children.
Nicole Lee is a strategist, coach and public policy leader. She was the first female President of TransAfrica, the nation’s premier African American foreign affairs organization and founder of the Black Movement Law Project, an organization affiliated with the Movement for Black Lives. From Haiti to Ferguson, she has led international and domestic investigations and missions documenting human and civil rights violations. A strategic campaigner, she works with community organizations to ensure their voices and concerns are heard. As a coach, she works with change makers to ensure they have the tools to live their best lives. As a trainer and facilitator, she works with community organizations, schools and families to achieve equity goals. Nicole has just completed a project entitled “75 Conversations with Parents about Race and Racism” in which she interviewed parents from all walks of life about their communications with their children.
Beth Wheeler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 12 years of training in working with individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of expertise are: adoption, trauma, sexual and gender identity. She is experienced in working individually and in groups across differences of race, class, sexuality, gender and gender identity, ability, and culture. She has an education and consulting business that works with individuals, families, schools, organizations and groups in building community, having honest conversations across difference, and increasing diversity, equity and inclusion. Beth is also a white, lesbian, and trans-racial adoptive parent raising two African American boys with her wife in Takoma Park.