WEB, which stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate success.
As we are looking forward to an another amazing year in DDSD, I wanted to take a moment to share with you a transformative project that our students worked on last school year.
Fir Ridge art students, as well as a few staff members, participated in a project called The Micro-aggression Awareness Campaign in which students learned what micro-aggressions are and shared their own with each other, the staff and the rest of the student body. These were displayed as large posters where students are holding signs with the micro-aggression they have experienced. These posters were then hung around the common space of the school. I selected this project for our students in order to create some awareness around the importance of their choice of language. In short, the hope was that students would recognize how their words can have a long lasting affect on the people around them and to bring conversation around the ways that we stereotype one another, pre-judge, and minimize cultures.
Success! The project and message of the students had an amazing positive impact on the school and culture. You may have noticed it was featured in the latest issue of the OEA. YAY! The article as well as a video to highlight the message and success of the project was created by our very own ELA teacher Bobi Blue. (see attached) Bobi wrote, “This project sheds a light on a wide range of experiences with discrimination and generalizations, all of which can easily go uninterrupted.”
With the current national climate, and the very diverse student body of DDSD, you may be looking for resources or ways to address these topics in your classroom. I am sharing this with you to not only highlight the very brave and remarkable work that Fir Ridge students did last year, but to also offer this curriculum up to anyone who would like to use it in their own classroom or school. Feel free to reach out if you are interested in more information. Thanks!