Yard Signs like this are trending in affluent neighborhoods.

Beyond the Yard Sign: Doing the Work to Connect

After Ahmaud Arbery’s death, I used Facebook’s cyber pulpit to make a bold declaration that we needed to reach across racial lines to stop the murders of innocent Black people. I suggested people from all sides (inclusive of nationalists, patriots, liberals, and conservatives) convene to address the unhinged societal racism and bigotry. I have a few friends who are bona fide activists that remain ready and willing to fight inequity battles. One of those friends, Bhavani, whose name means dispenser of justice, responded with a fevered affirmation, asking, “What are we going to do?” A few days later, Bhavani and I designed a plan to bring a diverse group of people together to discuss racism, using a shortlist of questions to help them analyze their position in society. In honor of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, we named the conversation series “A Seat at the Table: ConnecTeach Conversation Series.”

  • Learning and knowledge rest in diversity of opinion.
  • Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
  • People engage in information in informal settings to make sense of it (Siemens, 2005).
  • Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
  • The capacity to know is more critical than what is currently known.
  • Social media users create learning communities by the connections they make in digital spaces (Goldie, 2016).

Dr. Neely is a K12 school leader whose mission is to magnify all components that work together to improve school culture.

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