In Brooklyn Center, we’re not afraid to lead. With ferocity. With compassion. And with a sense of restless purpose rooted in the work of anti-racism. What makes us different from other school districts? We take the time and effort to amplify voices before we develop ways of serving. We’re dedicated to radical intentionality, measuring success in lives changed. Every student. Every family. Every staff member. In a world where you can get by with meeting expectations, we go beyond.
Through this campaign called We Go Beyond, we share the ways our staff dedicate themselves to go beyond for our students and families.
What is your first and last name?
What site/program do you work at?
Brooklyn Center High School STEAM, Special Education
What is your position?
Center-Based Special Education Teacher
How long have you been with the district?
What does "going beyond" mean to you?
I think there are countless examples of how we go beyond in Brooklyn Center. One example of going beyond is listening to (or noticing) the little things students are interested in and finding ways to incorporate them into class activities.
How do you go beyond for students, families, and the community?
It is always my goal to begin by building trusting relationships with students, their families, and other team members.
In Brooklyn Center, we strive to center and amplify student voice. How do you center and amplify student voice?
I've recently introduced talking circles into my classroom routine. I have found that the circle has been a powerful way for students to find their voices. We gather in a circle once a week, but I'm noticing an increase in self-advocacy, student-initiated discussions, and questioning overall. It has been fun to watch this growth!