The goal of this three-part series is to help people manage difficult conversations in spaces with school-aged children in relation to the current cultural moment (e.g. conversations about race and equity in schools and Covid protocols). Led by Jessica Hochman and Tonya Leslie of We Need 2 Talk, each session introduces Epoch Education’s RIR Protocol (Recognize, Interrupt, Repair): a tool for managing difficult conversations. Time is spent considering relevant scenarios and practicing the protocol.
In this session, the first in the series, we introduce our framework for discussing equity. School librarians and stakeholders in school communities share their concerns and discuss some of the incidents that are occurring in these spaces. This conversation helps provide nuance and relevance to the later sessions.