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  • Civic Engagement 101

    Interested in being involved in the political process but never participated before? The first step can be daunting, but this nonpartisan class outlines how you can have a voice in the process and help make change. Learn the basics of the local and state legislative processes from Nick Harper, attorney and lobbyist. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.
  • Film Night with SPPS Center for Equity & Culture - Online Course

    Film and discussion on Surge, a documentary about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic, barrier-breaking 2018 midterm elections. For ages 14 and above. The film follows three candidates in Texas, Indiana and Illinois who were running in uphill battles to flip their deep red districts to blue, including Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman to ever be elected to Congress. Surge reflects on what drove women to disrupt the idea of what elected leaders look like. The opening narrator states, “This is what history teaches us. Those who are not white or not male–or both–are presumed in some way to be marginal to that fully human, fully realized, fully comprehensible citizen that is the white male.”Viewers see the challenges and triumphs of building grassroots campaigns and how belonging in society cannot happen without representation in politics. The Center for Equity and Culture is part of the Saint Paul Public Schools Office of Equity.Our mission is to grow the capacity to interrupt systems of marginalization to support student learning and development. Our vision is that all SPPS staff are equity leaders in partnership with students, families, and the community. This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux Please see your Registration Confirmation email for your online meeting information and more information on joining meetings.
  • Minnesota Workers Make History - Online Course

    At key turning points in our country's history, Minnesota workers have had a significant impact on the national labor scene. Uncover the stories you were not taught in school. From the forming of the Farmer Labor Party to the railroad strikes that led to and the establishment of Labor Day. Join us for a series of conversations about these experiences and how they are relevant to the challenges we face today. In the spring of 1894, Great Northern Railroad workers joined the new American Railway Union and took on the oligarch, James J. Hill. Their struggle not only forced Hill to take back the wage cuts he had imposed, but it inspired 125,000 railroad workers to launch a nationwide strike that summer, leading to the establishment of Labor Day as a national holiday. In 1924, Minnesota workers and farmers founded the Farmer Labor Party, and it became a model for other independent political ventures in 6 states. By 1932, it had become the most popular political party in the state, and it would elect two governors, a senator, a congressman, and more. In 1934, Minneapolis truck drivers and warehouse workers took on the most powerful anti-union business organization in the country, and, in three strikes, turned Minneapolis from an open shop town into a union town. Their impact led to the passage of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935 and the formation of the CIO. In 1985-86, Hormel workers' strike became the national poster child for the struggle against economic neoliberalism. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.
  • Native American: Beyond Land Acknowledgment - Online Course

    Join the staff from Native Governance Center as they explain what land acknowledgment is and why it’s important to go beyond a simple statement. Walk through the action planning approach, equipping you with tools you can use to make an impact either individually or in your workplace setting. Expect an interactive and engaging presentation filled with real-life examples. Attendees will be asked to participate in live polling through Mentimeter and a Q&A session. By the end of this session, you’ll understand: What Indigenous land acknowledgment is and why it can be problematic as a standalone practice Why it’s important to go beyond land acknowledgment How to create an action plan that’s impactful, straightforward, and demonstrates your commitment to supporting Indigenous people How to share the plan with your stakeholders and make sure it stays current Where to go for more information on the topic The event is geared toward beginners and open to all: come with your questions! Attendees will participate in breakout sessions and a live Q&A with the presenters. This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux Please see your Registration Confirmation email for your online meeting information and more information on joining meetings.
  • Raising Racially Conscious Kids (Adult + Child)

    Gain tools to engage in uncomfortable conversations, develop key terminology and concepts to understand racism, and promote the healthy racial identities of all people centered in love and humanity. Caregivers will also begin to unpack how everyday child rearing choices can be obstacles for equity. One adult and one child grades 3-5. Register under the name of the child taking the course. Dinner is included in registration fee.
  • So You Want to be Anti-Racist? - Online Course

    For anyone looking to deepen their understanding of what it means to be anti-racist. Participants are given tools to engage in uncomfortable conversations, develop their racial literacy, and begin to unpack how race operates in their everyday lives often without consent and/or acknowledgement, all the while building the muscles to move into action! No class Feb 16. This class uses the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux. Please see your Registration Confirmation email for your online meeting information and more information on joining meetings.
  • What You Always Wanted to Know About Islam and Muslims

    Gain a better understanding of what Islam teaches and what Muslims practice. The class will introduce basic terminology, demographics and differences between religion and culture. Learn about the beliefs and practices of Muslims as well as religious celebrations. All questions answered. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.