February 2022 Newsletter

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Exploring Windows and Mirrors in our Classrooms

There has been an increase in the number of incidences regarding student micro-aggressions around identity and biases nationwide. Our office values each child and wants all students in APS to leave with a strong sense of identity. Several strategies can be used for discussing identity and biases with students. Providing a safe environment for children to explore their differences in a positive way, and using books are effective strategies to provide the concept of “windows” and “mirrors.” This will help students engage in a world where they see themselves and others for the value and perspectives that they bring to our community. Read more in this article

Mental Health is Essential to Well-Being

As we all deal with the challenges of teaching and working during a pandemic, it is essential that we take care of our mental and physical health. Arlington Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has many helpful resources and ideas to support staff. Check out some of the great things they have to offer here.

Children Can Change the World

The fight for civil rights didn’t just include adults. Kids like 7 year old, Ayanna Najuma braved harsh consequences to make their communities more inclusive. Watch this video to learn more about Ayanna and other brave students who changed history. For more resources from Scholastic about Black pioneers for Black History Month, visit: https://bit.ly/36BK7cp

Celebrating Black History Month in our Schools

Join us as we celebrate Black History throughout APS. Many of our schools have wonderful celebrations planned! Here are just a few of the events that our students are participating in.Follow along on Twitter @DEI_APS and tag us in your posts so we can celebrate along with you. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #APS4ALL

What We’re Reading

DEI participates in a book study every 6 weeks to deepen our knowledge and sharpen our skills. We encourage you to read along with us.Now reading: The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly ChughReading Next: Gender: Your Guide by Lee Airton, Ph.D.