Parenting is a constant balancing act of passing down your family’s value system, while allowing children space to develop their own individualized values and beliefs as they develop. Increasingly however parents have become disconnected from this process, and teenagers are parenting one another through social media and other means. How do you re-establish the parent hierarchy while allowing your children healthy boundaries? This is particularly critical when it comes to navigating conversations with your children around substance use. In this thought-provoking session, Colin will reference his work as a family therapist and the necessary role parents play in shaping a child’s experience. He will explore current research on addiction, share what he is seeing in teenagers, and provide advice and resources for parents. Mr. Keller will meet with interested Upper School students the same day.
LeRhonda Greats, Viewpoint’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Life, will lead a discussion of Robin DiAngelo’s book What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy
The Teaching While White website asserts, “More than 80% of teachers in the U.S. are white. However, most don’t know that their whiteness matters. Teaching While White (TWW) seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because “white” does not mean a blank slate. It is a set of assumptions that is the baseline from which everything is judged; it is what passes for normal. TWW wants to have conversations about those assumptions: what they are, how they impact our students, and how we can confront our bias to promote racial literacy.” Teaching While White is a website and podcast co-founded by educators Elizabeth Denevi and Jenna Chandler-Ward. It is LeRhonda’s hope that by introducing Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s book and discussion into our community, we can move closer to one another. Please join this discussion, open to all!