“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves
the highest tribute.”
“My son sees the change in me.”
As a parent-driven organization, we are excited to share parent voices. They’re the folks who build the relationships that lead to transformative action in their kids’ schools, and we’re honored to highlight their voices in our quarterly newsletter.
Meet Calvin, a Marie Reed Elementary School parent who participated in our dialogue groups last year. Calvin recently traveled with Kindred to the Broad Center’s annual gathering, where he was asked, “What’s one thing about you that Kindred has changed?” Here, Calvin describes how Kindred has allowed him to become friends with a father of a white student in his son’s school and how his son has noticed.
Where We Are: Meet E.L. Haynes
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School is located in the rapidly gentrifying Northwest neighborhood Petworth, and serves a student body that is 41% Latino, 40% African American, and 13% white. School leaders have invested in addressing race and equity at all levels of their community, and Kindred values being part of their on-going work. We were excited to begin working with E.L. Haynes this past fall, and have been humbled by parents’ willingness to dig in, learn from one another, and consider their own roles in creating an equitable learning environment for all children.
Chief Executive Officer Hilary Darilek shared, “Kindred has incredible potential to help connect diverse families to each other in meaningful ways, and I want us to be one of the first schools to leverage Kindred’s program model to support our elementary school families. Family members’ voices need to be truly heard and are integral to our success. I’m confident that Kindred is the innovative, supportive, and inclusive way we will make this a reality for Haynes and for the DC community.”
Dr. Sangeeta Prasad started working with Kindred and our families in March 2017 as senior advisor and parent dialogue facilitator. As a facilitator, she builds brave and safe spaces for parents from diverse backgrounds to share their aspirations for their children and build empathy for each other.
Learn more about Sangeeta.
Want to incorporate strategies for empathy building at home? The Teaching Tolerance lesson “Who’s Telling It?” asks K-2 students to consider how a person’s point of view affects the way they tell a story, and offers links to stories to read with your children.
Teaching Tolerance is a resource for educators who want to incorporate social justice
and anti-bias themes into their classrooms. Many of their lesson plans, which are written for all ages, can easily be adapted by parents looking for ways to have conversations with their kids about difference and empathy.
We aspire to build a diverse, city-wide network of parents who are committed to equity for all students, regardless of whether their neighborhood school partners with Kindred. If you would be interested in joining such a network, would you mind filling out a short survey to let us know what you want to see from a network like this? Your answers will be completely anonymous. Thank you
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integration and empathy.