Led by our communications coordinator Mike, we delve into to some of the biases associated with class and aspiration––and how we can keep others’ expectations from limiting our students’ discovery and pursuit of their own goals.
Led by our operations manager Tyler, we discuss the real effects of semantics on individuals, looking at debates about preferred terminology in the autism community, with a focus on making our writing lab as inclusive as possible.
Led by our executive director Kendra, we discussed Ta-Nehisi Coates’s writing on parenting a child with a vulnerable body and the idea of literacy as freedom.
Led by development associate Esther, we discuss a review of the immersive play Learning Curve by the Albany Park Theatre Project, which uses an old school building and student actors to recreate the experience of a public school in Chicago, from the concrete impact of budget cuts to the stress of day to day teen life.
Led by our publications manager Abi, we discuss the concept of intersectionality and how it manifests in our lives––personally, professionally, and as people who care about the development of young students.
Led by our director of programs Maria, we discussed the use of coded language, how it comes into our students’ lives, and what we can do to help.
Led by our program manager Sarah, we discussed the experience of being a person of color in a writing workshop and being treated differently because of it, as well as how we can make our writing lab a safe, supportive, and compassionate space.