Many of our participants and supporters are excited to bring We Stories to the institutions that they care most about - their Early Childhood Centers, Schools, Libraries, and more. We always love hearing from parents, community members and educators who are enthusiastic about our work. Like you, we know that diverse books and truthful conversations about racism belong in all aspects of family life and play an important role in helping our communities and region get unstuck. We’ve found that sometimes we're the right partner to help make that happen, and sometimes we're not.
We are especially well-positioned to:
* Speak to groups of parents about the importance of talking to kids about race. We have specific expertise working with White families, what tends to hold parents back and what it looks like when it works.
→ This is often at a PTO meeting, equity group meeting, or other family gatherings or engagement opportunities during the school year.
* Support parent-led efforts and initiatives to think about engaging a broader parent community in the work they do, and liaise more effectively with school leaders and staff, and understand the typical pitfalls that surface in this work.
→ This is often best accomplished when some parent leaders are engaged in the We Stories community and have participated in our program.
* Provide thematic We Stories Book Kits designed to help families bolster their conversations about race and racism.
→ These are often made available for families to check out. Please read below and our Book Kit FAQ page for more information.
1. Conversations & Presentations
Our work has put us close to the experience of nearly 1000 families as they open up conversations about race and racism. Our perspective is an important component of community-wide equity work.
We can speak with parents and families about:
why it is important to talk with children about race
the formation of bias and how to counteract it;
promoting healthy race-conscious conversations in families, particularly White families;
and also the power of children’s literature as a vehicle for anti-bias education.
If you would like We Stories to speak to your school community on one of these topics, please contact email@example.com.
2. “We Stories Goes to School” Seminar Series
We support and equip families who have completed our initial Family Learning Program to be skillful and effective advocates for racial equity in their schools. We do this by hosting training seminars; helping parents in our network connect with one another; and highlighting the stories of our members who are already acting as leaders in their school community. Together, our families practice civic leadership, change making, and coalition building skills, while also examining the role of race in their own advocacy and institutional process. If you have participated in We Stories’ initial Family Learning Program and haven't yet connected to this work, please email us for details about the next gathering.
3. We Stories Kits in Schools
We Stories has developed unique, thematic collections of books and resources that help start and strengthen family conversations about race. These book kits are great tools to jumpstart parent engagement with racial equity work happening in your school community. We work with schools to install check-out libraries of ten or more kits. Ideal partners have a significant presences of families who have participated in our Family Learning Program, a demonstrable commitment to racial equity work including two point people - one staff, one parent - who can carry forward implementation, and the funds available to commit to this work.
The We Stories kits, which come in a variety of themes, are appropriate for children ages 5 and up and prompt families to explore important questions related community, identity, history, empathy, understanding and equity. Each kit is themed and comes with 4-6 books, research, a set of resources, as well as specific discussion prompts.
If you are interested in learning more about having a We Stories Kit library at your school, please first read the Book Kit FAQ page and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We generate orders on a quarterly basis. Please contact us for the next order placement deadline.
Currently We Stories Kit libraries are in place in all 6 elementary schools across the Webster Groves School District as well as Ambrose Family Center, at Captain Elementary and Glenridge Elementary in Clayton School District, at Tillman School in the Kirkwood District, Craig Elementary in the Parkway District, and Ethical Society Nursery School.