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Reminder about the Lower School Conference

Hi folks, just wanted to send a reminder out with additional information on the lower school conference:

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POCIS Lower School Conference

Building Blocks: Creating community and connecting our identities.

Adults will engage in interactive workshops and explore identity. Facilitators will utilize case studies, data, and personal narratives to construct restorative justice action plans.

Students will explore identity through hands-on multimedia workshops and activities.

Who: K-5 Students, parents, and educators.
When: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 8:30am-12:30pm, followed by lunch
Hosted by: The Berkeley School, 1310 University Ave., Berkeley, CA


Kindergarten- 1st grade
The title of the workshop will be The Colors of Us: Exploring our skin color and embracing our race. They will read All The Colors We Are followed by a discussion on the stories of how we inherited our own unique skin color. We will then begin an art project mixing paint to create a match with our skin. Each student will paint a "mini-me" and coordinate their eye and hair color to match their little multicultural person. Students will share their replicas of themselves at the end of the workshop.

Paige Missamore has been teaching kindergarten at Marin Primary and Middle School for 12 years. She has been involved with the Diversity Action Committee since her second year at MPMS and has been the co-chair of this committee for the past 5 years. The committee has recently changed their name to the Multicultural Planning Team to involve more teachers and staff to play a more active role in this important, ongoing work. Paige is also a mother of 2 children, Shane 10 and Ruby 3,that attend the school she teaches. 

2nd-3rd grade
Children will read the beautiful picture book One by Kathryn Otoshi, award winning Bay Area author and illustrator, and explore anti-bullying themes through Reader's Theater. They will discuss up-standing and by-standing behaviors and role play how these can be applied every day with peers. Children will learn how small actions can make important positive impacts and how to be "Change Makers" and count! 

Dorian Okano is a kindergarten teacher whose passion is integrating themes of inclusivity and art for children. Dorian has been a Lower School educator for almost twenty years. Born and raised on Oahu, Dorian has taught in New York City, Hawaii, Japan and Massachusetts. This is her first workshop with POCIS. She currently serves as the Faculty Diversity Coordinator at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos. 

4th-5th grade
In this interactive workshop, high school students from Bentley Upper School’s diversity club will teach fourth and fifth graders to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and build pride in our individual identities. Participants will play games, sing songs and make art to explore issues of identity and social equality. Students will bond over activities that dive deeper into their personal understandings of their own racial identity and the qualities they can offer the world that go further than skin deep.

Marta Grajeda is a POCIS Founding Board Member, social justice advocate, passionate educator, and Bentley School’s Jambalaya faculty advisor. Jambalaya is Bentley School’s diversity club. Students in Jambalaya explore their identity, celebrate diversity, learn about social justice and participate in community service. The Bentley high schoolers are excited to share their personal experiences and knowledge to guide the fourth and fifth graders in their POCIS experience.

Keynote Musical Performance: Aisha Fukushima

Read about Aisha Fukashima

Adult Presentations by

POCIS member school faculty and community leaders
CONFERENCE FEES: POCIS Member schools/organization: Free
Non-member schools/organization: Adults $50; Students $20
(No student will be turned away for lack of funds.)
Questions: email  RSVP by Monday, January 13, 2014

You can register here: HERE