Friday, May 27, 2022

Regional Workshop May 27, 2022

 May 27, 2022

New London High School STEM Lecture Hall

 

7:45     Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High students

8:00     Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High students

8:30     Arrive at New London High STEM Program Lecture Hall

 

8:45 Icebreakers:

• Movement games
• Name games
• Recognition of MTW poets

 

9:15 Opinion continuum:

• School Resource Officers are not needed in high schools
• I feel heard by teachers in my school/ I feel empowered in my school
• I have an adult in my school whom I can trust
• Teachers have a responsibility to respond appropriately to hate speech
• Most students are supportive of the LGBTQ community
• When administrators come to a More Than Words weekly meeting, the conversation changes.
• I feel like students have good access to physical and mental health services at school. 

 

9:45 Social Justice exercise: Jemal Davis and Rep. Anthony Nolan

• Look at yourself in a mirror: our vision is often distorted and obstructed by social influences.
• How do we fight against those distortions?
• Article in The Day re: Buffalo shootings --> Jemal note to Groton staff
• Questions to pursue: 
Jemal has encouraged teachers to speak out; how can students help teachers deal with racial, ethnic and other forms of hate speech?
Why are teachers reluctant to speak about racial issues?
How do we prevent ourselves from becoming numb to mass shootings?
How do we create a safe space for dialogues?
How do we identify allies and buddies to support our efforts?

 

10: 30 In small group and then report out to large group:

• What have you done individually or observed done to promote social justice?
• Create list of 10 simple things we can do to promote social justice 

 

 11:15 Lunch

 

11:45 Senior farewells and program comments          

 

12:30     Bus departs New London High

12:50     Drop off Fitch High students

  1:15    Drop off Ledyard High students

 

Monday, February 28, 2022

Regional Workshop March 2, 2022

New London High School STEM Lecture Hall

 

7:45     Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High students 

8:00     Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High students

8:30     Arrive at New London High STEM Program Lecture Hall

 

8:45     Icebreakers:

·      Movement Games

·      Name Games

·      Group challenge- arrange in birthday order without talking

·      Recognize Kiah for being selected as MPTN Youth Chairwoman 

            

9:30     Listening exercise- small group with large group report out:

·      Think a person you admire as a great listener; what qualities do they show that makes you think he or she is such a good listener

·      Think of a person who you suspect does not listen well, what qualities or actions do they show that makes you think they are not listening?

·      Report out as small group to the large group

 

10:00   “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

·      The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

·      Theme: “You are not alone” – we need to gather allies and build 

·      We are all swimming in a toxic sea; Ledyard incident with Bacon Academy and Groton/New London fight

·       How can we as a group make a difference and become agents of change?

 

10:30   Ledyard MTW outreach program

·      Kurt and students explain process used at Ledyard High with faculty and administration

·      School groups meet to strategize how to facilitate dialogue, gather allies and build bridges to address problems

            Leadership Skills:

·      Think of an effective leader, what qualities does he or she possess? What qualities do you think you need to improve or learn to be an effective student leader?

·      Small group talk --> report to full group

 

11:30 Lunch

 

12:00    School groups share strategies to the large group

 

12:45   Leadership Skills:

·      Think of an effective leader, what qualities does he or she possess? What qualities do you think you need to improve or learn to be an effective student leader?

·      Small group talk --> report to full group

 

1:15     Bus departs New London High

1:45     Drop off Ledyard High students

2:15     Drop off Ledyard Fitch students

Monday, December 20, 2021

Photos from December 17, 2021 Workshop

Click here for photos from our 3-school workshop at the NLHS Multi-Magnet Campus on December 17, 2021.

Photo of 2021-2022 Group

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Regional Workshop December 17, 2021

More Than Words

December 17, 2021

New London High School STEM Lecture Hall

7:45 Groton STA bus picks up Fitch High students 

8:00 Groton STA bus picks up Ledyard High students

8:30 Arrive at New London High STEM Program Lecture Hall


8:45 Icebreakers:

  • Movement Games
  • Name Games
  • Group challenge

9:30 Issues Forum :

  • In small groups, identify the three top issues that are facing our schools this fall
  • Large group report out of top issues
  • Small group – pick one issue that is most important and propose a solution
  • Large group report out

10:30  Listening exercise- small group with large group report out:

  • Think a person you admire as a great listener; what qualities do they show that makes you think he or she is such a good listener
  • Think of a person who you suspect does not listen well, what qualities or actions do they show that makes you think they are not listening?
  • Report out as small group to the large group

11:00  Leadership Skills:

  • Think of an effective leader, what qualities does he or she possess? What qualities do you think you need to improve or learn to be an effective student leader?
  • Small group talk --> report to full group

11:30 Lunch


12:00 Group challenge

  • Toothpicks and marshmallows
  • What Mike Graner noticed as groups

12:10 – Fish Bowl

  • Cell phone usage in school – personal privacy vs school security
  • Oxford Michigan school shooting – student responsibility?
  • How can a group like More Than Words make a diffierence?


1:15 Bus departs New London High

1:45 Drop off Ledyard High students

2:15 Drop off Ledyard Fitch students

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

First Post-Covid All-School In-Person Workshop!

After a year and a half we are back to live meetings. Our first workshop this year is a trust-building workshop at Camp Hazen.

October 22, 2021

Camp Hazen, Chester CT

7:45 - Groton STA picks up Fitch students 

8:00 - Groton STA picks up Ledyard students 

8:15 - Groton STA picks up New London students 

9:00 - Arrive at Camp Hazen and begin trust-building activities

10:00 - Program Intro and Intro of Superintendents

10:30 - More trust-building activities

11:30 - Lunch

12:00 - Program orientation/goals for the year

12:45 - Depart 

1:30 - Drop off at NL

1:45 - Drop off at Ledyard

2:00 - Drop off at Fitch

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Regional Meeting Minutes December 2, 2020

 12/2/20 MTW 1st Regional Meeting

(Meeting Notes taken by Essoha K)

Agenda:

  • Group Ice Breaker
  • Breakout Room Discussions


Topics for Discussion:

  • Group Ice Breaker
    • Opinion Continuum
  • Breakout Room Discussions
    • Name, grade/school, why are you here today, and how has the pandemic changed this fall for you (holidays, school, personal, etc)?
      • The majority of the MTW members were at the meeting to express their opinions and potential solutions to issues surrounding their communities. 
      • The majority of the MTW members agreed that the pandemic hindered their high school experience and prevented them from interacting with friends/loved ones this fall. 
    • Consider what school and life are like right now.  
      • The majority of the MTW members admit that even with the technology, it has become harder to keep up with the workload and to understand the content need to complete the assignments.
      • The majority of the MTW members indicated that their lives are completely different as compared with their lives before the pandemic. This is due to their outlook that their homes have become a secondary workplace and the lack of communication/connections they have with their loved ones. 
    • What do you want administration/teachers to know about what it means to be a student right now? 
      • The majority of the MTW members wanted the administration/teachers to understand that the way of life has changed from what it was a year ago. Right now, life is very difficult, and many students (especially the full-time home students) are still not accustomed to the return school year. The MTW members unanimously acknowledged that the school system is not adhering to the students’ needs in a way it is benefiting them. Most students are way too stressed and are not learning as much as they could be.


    • How do we build a community and make a change when it is so difficult to meet as clubs, activities, and sports teams right now? 
      • The majority of the MTW members recognized that students along with administrators/teachers can use platforms such as social media or even Zoom to connect with others within the school and the community. That engagement with others, listening to concerns, and communicating with one another is vital to help everyone cope with this pandemic. 

Today’s Activity: 

  • Opinion Continuum


    • Questions
      • Is TikTok better than Snapchat?
      • Is Flight the best superpower?
      • I want snow this winter?
      • Is ham better than turkey on Thanksgiving?


    • Hand Gestures/Ranking
      • Very High - Strongly Agree
      • Medium - Agree
      • Low - Disagree
      • No Hands - Strongly Disagree