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Culturally Affirming Practices Criteria

Village of Wisdom (VOW) was founded in 2014 with a mission to close the academic opportunity gap by protecting the intellectual curiosity and positive racial self-concept of Black children through the love and wisdom of their families and communities. VOW supports family organizing and advocacy entities working to eliminate racial injustice in schools by developing tools and resources that help parents, teachers, and students create ideal learning environments for Black and Brown learners.

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The VOW team will document the process and approach of training and leveraging parent participatory action research to drive and engage in evaluation of learning environments.

Background information

Village of Wisdom (VOW) partners with schools to support their assessment of the learning environments they provide to Black learners. Schools report that VOW assessments helped them learn about their strengths and areas for improvement in supporting Black learners; however, there was always the question of how schools could improve their practices. For some schools this entailed recommendations to partners that have expertise in their areas of need, while for others there was a call for specific strategies and resources for improvement. In response to these requests for support, VOW is creating the Blackprint for Black Genius (BP4BG) Resource Library where strategies are vetted by Black parents for their potential to affirm the cultures of Black youth. Likened to clearinghouses that share evidence about school-based interventions, the resource library will be a hub for culturally affirming learning strategies that are ready to implement in homes, schools, and other learning environments for Black youth.

VOW created a curriculum to train cohorts of Black parent researchers in establishing standards for evaluating practices, and then applying those standards to review strategies and resources that are intended for the learning environments of Black youth. This process accomplished two goals: (1) created an iterative process whereby a group of Black parents who have varying interests and experiences with education-related strategies can vet those practices and make recommendations for their use and their improvement, and 2) increased the use of Black parent wisdom to build evidence of culturally affirming learning environments for Black youth.

Tools in development:

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Created an iterative process whereby a group of Black parents who have varying interests and experiences with education-related strategies can vet those practices and make recommendations for their use and their improvement.

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Increased the use of Black parent wisdom to build evidence of culturally affirming learning environments for Black youth.

Contact Information

For more information on Village of Wisdom or the Blackprint for Black Genius (BP4BG) Resource Library please contact William Jackson.

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The Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE)

The Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) at Roger Williams University partners with youth, families, educators, and other stakeholders to build collective power and fight for educational justice. Building the schools our communities deserve requires collective power derived from shared leadership and trusting relationships between youth, families, and educators.

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