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    AAMA launching Listen and Learn Forum February 2021
    Posted on 02/11/2021

    AAMA launching Listen and Learn Forum February 2021

    AAMA is launching our Listen and Learn forum in February 2021 to continue to listen to Black families as we reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens.

    AAMA is committed to the long journey of dismantling a legacy of systemic racism. We invite Black families to participate and collectively envision what an educational environment looks like for Black boys and teens to thrive. Your voice will help build the office's intentional, long-term plan.

    Listen and Learn Forum Questions

    Some of the questions discussed at the forums include:

    1. What does a safe and nurturing learning environment look like for Black boys and teens? And are these reflected in your experience with your child’s school?
    2. Which of your child’s teachers have been your favorite? And why? What skills and knowledge do all educators need to support the learning and development of Black boys and teens?
    3. What does it look like when your child is excited to learn and share their brilliance? What must be present for this to happen at school?
    4. What rituals, routines, and practices would you like to see in the SPS school environment that honors students’ cultural strengths and celebrates their Blackness and identity?
    5. Does your child feel safe at school? What policies or rules would help your child feel safer?
    6. Are there in- or out-of-school programs that are helping your child thrive? In what ways do you see these programs or spaces having a positive impact?
    7. What has been the best and most difficult part of remote learning? And what must be in place for you to send your child back to school?
    8. What are the most important things for educators and school systems to know about building a strong relationship with you and your family?

    These forums are focused on the voices of Black families in SPS. AAMA will publish and share the findings with our larger community, including professional development for staff, later this year.

    AAMA Regional Forums

    • Northeast Families, Friday, February 5
    • Northwest Families, Tuesday, February 9
    • Central Families, Friday, February 12, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Southwest Families, Monday, February 22, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Southeast Families, Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • African Home Language Families, Friday, February 26, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.