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Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers. This can only be successfully achieved in a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, support and problem solving.
-International Baccalaureate Organization, 2010

Counselor's Blog

Starting a Conversation About Racial Inequality With Your Children

The following video addresses both sensitive and difficult topics. To be clear:  there is no easy or right answer. But of all the school communities, it is ours who should talk about this. The most important thing is to have the conversations - today and always. And realize that our individual perspectives are not the experience of others. Listening, and learning, is essential to moving forward. 

It is for these very beliefs that we are offering this perspective and these resources. Please read / watch with an open mind - our diversity is our strength, and doesn’t mean we always get it right. The approach to teaching our children about the role and nature of police highlights these different experiences. While some parents are able to equate the police to safety and helpfulness, we must recognize that comes from significant privilege. Other parents are very often having an entirely different conversation with their children -- they teach to be wary and cautious, at best. As with all of this, there are experiences with varying degrees of each of these two approaches. 

So these are the conversations that we all can and should have. With our children and our friends. With our communities and with our government. We know that this video cannot replace a conversation. But we hope it is one step among many on a path toward a shared, better future of equity and justice. 

 

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    • the goals of these conversations are to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice.

More Counselor's Blog Posts

 Starting a Conversation About Racial Inequality With Your Children

威廉希尔体育网站of all the school communities, it is ours who should talk about this. the most important thing is to have the conversations - today and always. and realize that our individual perspectives are not the experience of others. listening, and learning, is essential to moving forward. 

Talking About COVID-19 With Your Children

It is difficult to talk to adults about what is going on in the world right now, let alone have to talk to our children.威廉希尔体育网站 Our school counselors have put together some talking points for your family to reference as we go through the next few weeks.

So Many Questions: Practicing Appreciative Inquiry With Your Child

the responses we give to our children’s questioning, even at the youngest ages, can help or hinder their abilities to be inquisitive learners in the future. the theory of appreciative inquiry (ai) is designed to use positive psychology to ask questions and overcome challenges in order to enhance organizational structures, or in this case, family structure. 

New Year, New You: Open-Mindedness

威廉希尔体育网站here at isdenver, we are using this month to open our minds to new ideas and new people. in order to even begin the process of opening one’s mind to change, we first have to acknowledge that it is okay to have some bias, it is okay to be apprehensive, and it is okay to not understand why you think the way you do. 

Critical Thinking: What It Means and How to Foster it in Your Children

The qualities of being an IB Thinker go beyond the classroom. They are skills to use in your relationships with friends, in planning a summer vacation, or deciding how to complete weekend chores. These are the skills we challenge our learners with in all of their classes, by connecting critical thinking to having a growth mindset. So how do we foster critical thinking in our children? 


Parents: log in to the Portal to visit the counselor's corner website, full of resources for all families as your children navigate their social-emotional growth.