Resources for responding to police violence, discussing the Derek Chauvin trial, and supporting mental health for Black students:
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of a critical incident, disaster, or terrorism. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. PFA can be used by anyone. Many educators and school staff administer PFA regularly without even realizing it. Please review the newly developed PFA's aimed at supporting our Black community. Please check out LAUSD School Mental Health for more information. PFA - Racial Trauma-Supporting Black Students -PowerPoint DownloadProcessing Police Brutality: Its Impact on Mental Health, Mental Health Support Team: https://sites.google.com/mpls.k12.mn.us/processingpolicebrutality/home#h.o6cwzbhhnhfp (This resource was designed to be used over several days. Not all content is appropriate for all students. Please use your judgment and monitor your students' reactions. If you would like consultation about which content to use, please reach out to Human Relations, Diversity & Equity or School Mental Health.)Resources for Educators during the trials of the former officers involved in the death of George Floyd, by the Minnesota Department of Education: file:///C:/Users/Frances/Downloads/Resources%20for%20Educators%20during%20the%20Trials%20of%20the%20Former%20Officers%20Involved%20in%20the%20Death%20of%20George%20Floyd.pdfThe Moment: Black Lives Matter This Week and Always, Learning for Justice: https://www.learningforjustice.org/the-moment/march-29-2021-black-lives-matter-this-week-and-alwaysTrial Processing Toolkit, by the Legal Rights Center of Minneapolis, offers videos explaining the judicial process and a toolkit with suggestions for facilitating restorative practices racial justice circles https://www.legalrightscenter.org/trial-community-support.html (This content may not be appropriate for all students. Please use your judgment and monitor student's reactions. Reach out for consultation, as needed)
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Preparing for Ramadan 2021
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and will fall between April 12 and May 12 in 2021. It is widely observed by Muslims as a month of fasting to celebrate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad (the prophet in their religion). Fasting as a religious practice occurs among many religions. In the Islamic faith, fasting between dawn and dusk is recommended for healthy persons beginning with puberty. Ramadan is not regarded as an opportunity to avoid aspects of normal life, but is rather viewed an opportunity to cope with normal life under a different set of circumstances. Supporting our Students during Ramadan
Check out our Advisory Lesson on Ramadan here:
April 24th is Armenian Martyrs Day Commemoration of Armenian Genocide when 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire perished between 1915 and 1923. Please see our updated Advisory Lesson here. For more April commemoritive dates please see our advisory lesson page.
LAUSD Condemns Hatred and Violence towards the Asian Community
Human Relations, Diversity & Equity recognizes the ongoing struggle and pain endured by our Asian community. In this moment, we challenge our school communities to engage in dialogue about what everyone can do to help end Anti-Asian racism and discrimination. On March 8th, 2021 the LAUSD School Board also released a statement regarding this ongoing crisis. Read the statement here.
For more resources or to report hate crimes please check out Stop AAPI Hate or click the image below.
Human Relations, Diversity and Equity encourages all staff to review the Psychological First Aid handout for a refresher on how to use the tools you already have to support yourselves and your students who may be struggling. Furthermore, all staff should also be aware of services available to them through the district Employee Assistance Program.
Below, please find some Advisory Lessons, Zoom backgrounds, and additional resources that may assist in supporting the dialogue around Anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
Local District Central Talia Guppy, LCSW (she/her)
Local District South Susanna Zoeckler, LCSW (she/her)
Local District East Tina Southern, LCSW (they/she)
Local District West Samantha Gottell Torres, LCSW (she/her)
Local District NW Frances Marion, LCSW (she/her)
Local District NE Cristina Vigil, LCSW (she/her)
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