Well, 2020 has been a year that will not soon be forgotten. As a community, we have experienced sadness, loss, joy, and have found new ways of living and connecting. In this unprecedented year, we also have been forced to confront our own biases and racism which had bubbled below the surface of ourselves and society. Dolly Chugh, author of The Person You Mean to Be, shares about the journey from "willful ignorance to willful awareness." This crucial mindset work is needed to develop your critical social consciousness. The focus is about purposefully recognizing and analyzing the systems in our society, classrooms, and schools. Also, we must see the inequities that exist in those systems and then support the work needed to change that system. In order to do this, we need to move into that willful awareness.
The year 2020 brought challenges for schools, teachers, families, and businesses. We all had to fight to survive and find ways to do our work in new ways. Here at CRM, as a new business, we had to take a look at what we need to do to move the work forward and stay true to our mission.
When we started in 2018, we centered CRM’s work on the pedagogy of Dr. Hollie's culturally and linguistically responsive teaching. Our work with teachers, through the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, became the foundation of the journey we knew that we needed to share with students. Students are the future of our world! We need to interrupt the current systems of inequalities. This system has been hundreds of years in the making and although there is a consensus that change needs to take place, there doesn't seem to be the urgency to tear it down. So, it is up to us to start chipping away at it and pass the hammer to our students. They can hopefully take that last swing to bring it down and rebuild a system that is not based on a false construct of race, but a true understanding of culture and how our cultural ways of being and seeing the world are what make us different and similar!
That brings us to 2021 and our new look (check it out at www.clrforstudents.org). We have combined our efforts with Dr. Hollie and the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and we will be the student facing division of their work - CLR for Students. This move will allow us to continue our mission, while also directly supporting schools who are already on their CLR journeys. You will see some rebranding and some new exciting lessons to bring in the new year.
We appreciate those who have supported us these last two years and we look forward to the new opportunities that are before us in the new year.