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