•In 2014 the majority of minority students entering kindergarten in the USA tipped over 50%. Compare the demographics of your current graduating seniors with the entering kindergarten class.
•In 2040 the population of the USA is predicted (by the US Census Bureau) to be majority-minority. Add up Latino/a, Black, Asian and ‘Other’ and the percentage will be over 50%.
•Already happened in other states – Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Texas (Nevada and Florida are close)
In the Galileo Leadership Academy we are very focused on the Seven Habits, by Dr. Steven Covey. We must also never forget about Habit #8 Find Your Voice. “How does that express itself authentically in your life?” As teacher leaders in the classroom and the community we must always remember to put relationships first, then rigor. Dr. Martin stressed that being silent is worse than saying something awkward. As a teacher leader we must be remember equity over equality.
Dr. Robert Martin concluded his session asking us as teacher leaders and representatives in our community with a call to action adapted from the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men, women and children are created equal, regardless of their identifying characteristics they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, Literacy and the pursuit of Happiness…we mutually pledge to each of them and to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, our Intellect, our Hearts, and our Sacred Honor.”
Inspiring thought to provoke social change!
One of the Highlights of the day was a visit from the Novi High School.
Novi High School's social issue theater troupe performs skits that address issues and situations that high school students deal with and that anybody can learn from. All of their skits that are performed by the troop have been written by current or past Novi High School Students. The attendees at the Galileo 2016 gathering welcomed the troupe as they performed over 15 short skits that took on issues such as gender differences to teen suicide. Between the skits were thought provoking messages and powerful music montages. It was clear that the students felt that these issues are real issues and that families, friends, schools, and society as a whole need to be aware and ready to have real conversations about these issues.
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Looking Forward: PBL
To wrap up the day we had a presentation on how to produce our videos for the November session. Storyboards were handed out so that we could brainstorm ideas for the videos. Some ideas suggested were:
-Name of Project/Course
-21st Century Skills
-Video of Kids (interviews, in action, etc.)
-Video of Adults (interviews, in action, etc.)
The presenters also suggested some of the following resources to aid in the production of the videos: