Change Maker classes for young children and parent evenings
“How do you have those challenging conversations about getting arrested for standing up for what you believe in with young children”?
“How do we discuss social justice and climate change without creating fear in our young people and empowering them instead”?
A Changemakers class for young people, about supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall.
“How to have that complicated conversation with young people”? (A question and answer session for parents) Hosted by the Groton public library.
Meet the Change Makers
When: November 17, 2021
Time: 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Ericka Williams-Rodriguez, Craig Simpson, Victor Bradley (Facilitator)
Description: The focus will be on the ongoing Line 3 pipeline protest where both of these incredible humans attended. How do you have those challenging conversations on getting arrested for standing up on what you believe in with young children? How do we talk about social justice and climate change without creating fear in our young people and empowering them instead?
A social justice conversation for parents of young children facilitated by Victor Bradley
When: September 22, 2021
Time: 8:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Dr. Debbie Reese, Victor Bradley (Facilitator)
Description: “Let’s Talk Truths: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for young people” A talk from “Dignity and Justice for All” at the JFK Library Keynote presentation by Dr. Debbie Reese
What are people saying about the Change Maker classes?
“When the pandemic necessitated online instruction Victor was an overnight expert at Zoom classroom, where he combined dance, singing, learning, and meditation to hold the attention of a 4-year-old for an hour, 3 times a week! No easy feat, as we all know. Victor also recognized the importance of checking in with the students 1 x 1, and my child looked forward to those times when he could “show Victor” whatever he was into.
My son and I also participated in Victor’s virtual Changemakers class, where Victor brought his signature calmness and wisdom to hard conversations. While some of the changemakers were familiar to us, the repetition and new perspectives were valuable, and they always lead to new conversations. After Victor’s class my son and I had a lot of conversations that started with “I want to be a changemaker but I don’t want to go to jail.” We talked about how jail is scary, but some people (like Gandhi) saw it as a time for learning. We also talked about how we could create change without going to jail, and how not all changemakers (Sonia Sotomayor) go to jail to make a change. These are the types of conversations that I want to be having with my son, and Victor’s class gave us that opportunity and the tools to have them together and for me to feel good about the outcomes.
I feel so lucky to have had Victor in my son’s life and my own.”
“We are extremely grateful that both our boys had Victor as a teacher. His presence is warm, calming, and reassuring. Victor has a passion for teaching and it shows through the care he gives each student.”
“Victor Bradley brings together two forces—young children and social justice—which when brought together will make our world a better place. As a tremendously nurturant and knowledgeable early childhood educator he has a profound understanding of the complexity and power of young children’s development.“
“Victor’s teaching style uses kindness and compassion to give his students room to question, experiment, make mistakes, try again, and learn. I watched with joy as he extended this to my child, and realized with gratitude that it extended to me as a parent too.”
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