You’re Invited…

PS 133 Community,

We look forward to continuing our equity work with THE HUMAN ROOT with a series of five parent workshops:

  • 11/07/18 6:00pm-8:30pm UNDERSTANDING Microaggressions: Intention vs Impact
  • 12/05/18 6:00pm-8:30pm NOT MY IDEA: Parents & Youth Talk about Race
  • 01/23/19 6:00pm-8:30pm (Workshop for Parents Only) RESTORATIVE Circle Support: Toward Affinity and Equity (FOCUS: RACE).  We’ll explore issues of race, racism and whiteness. For part of our time together, we’ll break into racial affinity spaces. If you have one, please bring your copy of Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham.
  • 01/30/19 6:00pm-8:30pm RESTORATIVE Circle Support: Toward Affinity and Equity (FOCUS: RACE) PART 2. Workshop for parents and children, ages 8+. If you have one, please bring your copy of Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham. We invite children ages 8 and up to join us for this workshop, along with their parents.
  • 03/06/19 6:00pm-8:00pm EMERGING from Critical Conflict w/Nonviolent Communication

THE HUMAN ROOT has been working with PS 133 teachers, staff and school administrators on anti-bias education and training and it has been an incredible experience.  This series of workshops is now being offered to PS 133 parents with the intention of having parents gain a deeper connection to the equity work happening at PS 133 and other schools throughout Brooklyn.

We hope you can make it.

Please note that while we believe committing to all 5 sessions will have a greater impact for the community and its development, it is not mandatory.

Please also note that January sessions require committing to BOTH January dates.

Please RSVP HERE to reserve a space.

Community Learning Objectives

    • HOLDING SPACE: We create physical spaces with organized engagement for people to communicate, listen, and be vulnerable.  Participants discover strategies to increase awareness, healthy boundaries and accountability, even in the face of challenges.  OUTCOME → ANALYSIS: The ability to breakdown personal engagement with bias and social constructs for analysis of Intention, assumption and impact.
    • SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING:  This is the process in which people learn to acknowledge and understand their emotions, recognize the emotions of others and work in partnership based on these skills. This process supports people to empathize with others who may have a different identity and life experience than they do. OUTCOME → APPLICATION: As a response to micro-aggressions, stereotype threat and gaslighting participants nurture the ability to apply communication and practices to secure investment in social and emotional development and self care.

Here’s some detailed information about the upcoming sessions:

UNDERSTANDING Microaggressions: Intention vs Impact – 2.5 HRS

11/07/18 6:00pm-8:30pm

This session provides an understanding of the function of microaggressions. Through understanding the 4 forms of Microaggressions and exploring provided scenarios within the session participants find perspective on the differences between Intention Assumption and Impact. With the collective engagement of the community to understand microaggressions participants develop tools to notice passive-aggressive bias and discrimination in the moment.


READ: No, You’re Not Imagining It: 3 Ways Racial Microaggressions Sneak into Our Lives

READ: CNN’s Where are you ‘really’ from? 

READ: Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias


NOT MY IDEA: Parents & Youth Talk about Race (4th Grade and older) – 2.5 HRS

12/05/18 6:00pm-8:30pm

Through this session we challenge participants to consider how acknowledging whiteness can lead to personal and systemic evolution by creating positive socioemotional dynamics in dialogue. Parents have the opportunity to establish culturally responsive engagement and agency with their young people. Through reading the children’s book Not My Idea by Anastasia Higginbotham, families explore the social construct of whiteness acknowledging the complexity of race and racism in the simplest of ways yet with progressive impact.

This session reminds us all that there is a spectrum of experience, security and understanding specifically through discussing the ways discomfort can arise when children question race or challenge racism. With community building activities, restorative dialogue circles and critical analysis, the book is introduced as a compassionate primer to assist children and adults past defensiveness or avoidant behavior

Pre-Order/Advance purchase is recommended.  Participation is possible without a personal copy of the text.



RESTORATIVE Circle Support: Toward Affinity and Equity (FOCUS: RACE) 5 HRS

(Affinity Group work is in 2 sessions. Scheduled within 2 weeks of each other.)

01/23/19 6:00pm-8:30pm PART 1

01/30/19 6:00pm-8:30pm PART 2

As a restorative justice practice participants focus on accountability and communication to personalize challenges and actions towards change. Using three key values of Critical Race Theory participants explore the intersection of implicit bias and social justice in community culture. To support the emotional health of the group Racial Affinity Groups provide brave space to process emotions and practice accountability and empathy for self.


Focus is given towards holding space for present day experiences, envisioning the future of the community and brainstorming action steps for personal accountability towards change, equity and transparency as individuals embrace their own growth process.


First participants re-visit brainstormed action steps for personal accountability towards change, equity and transparency as individuals embrace their own growth process. The second half of the session is a supplement to affinity groups by providing a community-wide dialogue facilitated with a restorative circle and/or democratic process framework. Discussion & Debrief is designed to help participants practice talking about racism, think about community change, and better understand identified action steps.


READ: Identity, Affinity, Reality By Julie Parsons and Kimberly Ridley

READ: Toolkit for Making Space This toolkit describes how affinity groups help marginalized students to be seen and heard, and provides step-by-step recommendations on how to launch an affinity group—or revamp one that already exists—at your school.


EMERGING from Critical Conflict w/Nonviolent Communication – 2 HRS

03/06/19 6:00pm-8:00pm

Through learning the tenets of transforming institutional values a practice of Nonviolent Communication is used to interrupt implicit/explicit bias and request education justice in the community culture towards strategies that support healing.



READ: Power Up Your Team with Nonviolent Communication Principles


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