Watch What’s up Doc remote edition; EDI course offerings for families

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear students, staff, families and community members,

Happy last day of school for what may be the most unconventional spring and end of year we have ever experienced.

I want to acknowledge there were many challenges this spring, yet I hope that you take the time to reflect about any silver linings that came as a result of our closure and quarantine. My reflection is gratitude to all of you and our collective commitment to Bellingham’s children. I want to thank our school board, students, staff, families, volunteers and community partners for your support, creativity help and understanding during our closure and pandemic.

This week I enjoyed the opportunity to engage with two students from our Student Advisory Committee for a special “What’s up Doc?” video feature via Zoom. Big thanks to juniors (nearly seniors!) Nigel and Serene for their thoughtful questions. You will see we split up our video into two parts; part one is focused on next school year and part two is about racial justice and police in schools. There are chapters at the bottom of the video to navigate to different topics, and we have added captions as well.

Course offerings for families: How to Be an Ally and REACH training

We have had a number of requests from parents and guardians in the last month for trainings and courses related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We have significantly increased our professional development offerings related to EDI to staff over the last few years, which has had an impact on teaching and learning in the classroom, and we’re excited families are asking for resources as well.

Families can choose from two sessions via Zoom for the course How to Be an Ally. Space is limited, and the course is free. Participants will learn how to be an ally for marginalized and oppressed groups of people and definitions and terms associated with allyship.

How to be an Ally option 1: 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 22

Register at this link

How to be an Ally option 2: 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25

Register at this link

We are also offering a REACH workshop: Exploring Cultural Humility and Cultural Identity free to families via Zoom. This course is a foundational starting point to explore cultural humility, cultural self-awareness, explore identity development and the impact of bias. Space is limited.

REACH workshop: 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30

Register at this link

You can also see a list of books related to equity and diversity that many staff have read and other resources available on our EDI webpage.

Before I sign off, I have one more plug for our feedback form for families and students. Please share your input before noon on Thursday, June 25.

Thank you for giving grace this spring and for staying engaged this summer as we share more of our plans and thinking for next school year. Most importantly, I hope you stay safe and well.

Greg Baker

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