Re-writing Our Narratives: Cultivating Healing through Critical Literacy and Collective Care – A Critical Friends Group
Spring 2022 (dates below)
A Critical Friends Group
To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself.
And that’s political, in its most profound way. – June Jordan
Trauma and crisis are really good at creating chaos, disrupting and distorting our self-perception, and altering our worldviews in ways that impede our well-being. One powerful way to heal beyond trauma is to research our own stories to create coherent narratives of ourselves and our experiences. To sift through the debris of it all and create a bridge or barge between the personal to professional.
Join this five-part educator participatory action research experience, designed to guide educators through the process of exploring personal and collective barriers to mental health and wellness. Using the ecological model of health and the structure of Critical Friends Groups (CFG), join us to develop our own essential questions and action plans relevant to areas of need within our personal and professional lives to foster holistic wellness.
Space is limited for this group – register by March 23rd!
Over the course of five sessions, our CFG will draw upon our lived experiences and explore scholarly texts to develop a trauma-informed praxis to implement within our personal and professional lives. Through creating a safe and radical container to research our own self during this time, we’ll:
- Create a space for self & community reflection, interrupting isolation and disconnection and fostering co-regulation.
- From that space, we’ll identify barriers to wellness in ourselves and our community.
- Once we’ve identified the barriers to our wellness, we’ll investigate the root causes and impact of those barriers on our wellness.
- Throughout this process of growth, we build community with like minded and hearted educators.
- By the end of our time together, we’ll have a toolbox of practices for our self and collective wellness.
- And most importantly, you’ll build and then have a fellowship of peers, skills to build CFGs at your workplace, and ongoing mentorship and support.
Session 1: Issue identification-what are we holding?
March 23, 2022
- Collectively generate our barriers to health and wellness as educators
- In small CFGs, processing specific themes to make sense of our educator lived realities
Sessions 2-4: Purpose & Process
April 6, April 20, and May 4, 2022
- Crafting our essential questions (what might we want to explore?)
- Construct coherent narrative of self and what we deserve & what we don’t deserve, providing a space to interrogate internalized stories of ourselves
- Gathering research to address the issue
- Identify a change or pivot
- Build our own wellness toolboxes through a variety of evidence based and community valued mental health offerings that strengthen our skill and capacity for self and co-regulation
Session 5: Reflecting on that change or pivot
May 18, 2022
- Craft new narratives that support us in developing a healthier sense of self, creating healthy boundaries, and building meaningful connections to people, places, and ideas that support us in completing the stress cycle
- Share outs, celebration, and action planning (how do you want this to live and land)?
- Certificate of completion, protocol packet to implement this experience in your own site.
Who is invited?
Anyone who tends to the well-being of young people in school settings (school leaders, educators, community service providers, guidance counselors in higher education, social workers, etc.).
For event materials, please check the shared Google folder for participants shared by faculty. If you have questions, contact Oriana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each session will offer auto-captions provided by Zoom (no live captions).
Questions about this CFG?
Contact Oriana at Oides@cars-rp.org
Oriana Ides (she/hers), MA, LPCCI, PPS, is an SCRR Field Coach who approaches healing the wounds of trauma and oppression as core elements of social justice. She has worked with young people across life courses from elementary school to college, and has served as teacher-leader, school counselor, classroom educator and program director. She is committed to generating equity within school structures and policies by focusing on evidence-based mental health techniques and institutional design. Her work to forge a more just world is motivated by and dedicated to Amilca Ysabel Mouton Fuentes.
Noor Jones-Bey (she/hers), MA, Noor Jones-Bey is a transdisciplinary educator, researcher and artist from the Bay Area, CA. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is pursuing a PHD in Urban Education at the Steinhardt School and holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Urban Doctoral Research Initiative at NYU. Noor is program director of EXCEL at NYU, a critical literacy and college access program for youth in the South Bronx housed at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. As a scholar deeply interested in the movement between theory and practice, Noor has served as an equity consultant and serves as a founding member of the Radical Listening Project to assist educational professionals. Noor received an M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Noor’s interests engage across disciplines of sociology, education, Black and Native studies, and visual culture to examine issues of liminality, identity, space and power as they relate to education. Her dissertation work examines intergenerational knowing of Black womxn and girls navigating in and out of schools. In her spare time, she loves to cook, dance, run marathons, travel, and stir up good vibes.