Community Conversations

#WeBuildEDU has conducted community conversation focus groups with BIPOC educators from across the country to better understand their experiences and challenges when schools closed due to COVID-19; what impacts rising racial unrest had on their experiences educating students; how they believe we should recreate education systems during recovery to work for all children in ways they did not before the pandemic; and what the opportunities and challenges are to implementing their vision in their local context.

These sessions can be viewed in full below. Captions are available by clicking on the “cc” button in the player.

Rhode Island Community Conversation

March 17, 2021

Transcription: And then, like I said, I'll lead us through the questions. And we'll pay attention to time through that. I'm just excited about this right...

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Colorado Community Conversation

March 20, 2021

Transcription: Hello. I am a librarian now. I'm formerly a language arts teacher. Originally, born in New Mexico and then went to Texas and Brazil, and California...

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Austin Community Conversation

October 22, 2020

Transcription: With the mind of a scholar. I’m the scholar with a mind of MC. I’m a social studies student, probably everybody in here or should I say humanities because...

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Chicago Community Conversation

November 18, 2020

Transcription: We are going to start with some introductions. I’ll go first and then we can go from there. I’m Anna. My pronouns are she/her. I am currently the associate director…

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North Carolina Community Conversation

October 24, 2020

Transcription: Not all of my students interacting and they ended up having to hear that I was leaving through each other and through the grapevine and through social media which really...

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Sacramento, CA Community Conversation

October 29, 2020

Transcription: I moved from Head Start to state preschool, so earlier childhood is my specialty. And I am now in a parent participation teacher role, with Evette [phonetic]…

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