6/18/19 UPDATE – NOTE NEW DATE. This meeting will be held on June 26 rather than June 19, due to the Juneteenth holiday.
This week we turn to the topic of the effects of smart phones on young people. We have two articles. The first one makes large claims about the negative effects of smart phones, especially for mental health. The second is, in part, a critique of that view.
To many of us our 6/5 discussion of this interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (main conversation starts 15 minutes in) felt like it just scratched the surface, so we are adding a meeting on Friday, 6/12, 11-12, to continue the discussion.
If you missed the first meeting, don’t hesitate to join us for this one. One topic to consider (though the discussion will not be limited to this):
Are there ways we can help young people connect across racial/ethnic lines?
What support or preparation do we need to do this?
Join us–I’m sure we will have another rich conversation! Register here.
This week our selection is a video rather than a reading–an interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. The former president of Spelman College, Dr. Tatum is author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Next to Each Other in the Cafeteria?, a book that many of us also highly recommend! Originally published in 1997, it has been updated for our time in a 20th anniversary edition.
Our first reading club meeting was a big hit! Though Jutta
may have broken out into a bit of a sweat trying to put everyone in and out of
small groups, it was great to actually lay eyes on so many people and hear your
voices and your insights. Don’t forget to register
for this week’s meeting and save some time for the readings:
Do you have suggestions for SRAE/CAPP/PREP reading club selections on adolescent development, adolescent sexual health, or positive youth development? Put them in the comments, and be sure to include a link!
For our first reading club discussion (which will be April 10 at 11:00), we’re taking a suggestion raised at a provider learning collaborative meeting:
Peggy Orenstein: The Miseducation of the American Boy In this Atlantic article, Orenstein — who interviewed over 100 boys and young men for her new book — considers why we need to give boys new and better models of masculinity.
Since we are all working from home and much of our regular
work is suspended for the time being, we have a rare opportunity for
professional development and collaborative work. So at the all-provider
learning community meeting this past Tuesday, the TA Team introduced new
vehicles for moving forward: online work groups and a book/article club.
In the learning
community meeting Heather also went over basics for Zoom meetings from the
perspective of participants (00:53 – 08:07) and Michele reported on the results
of last week’s survey (08:44 – 22:34). Here is the recording,
and here are the
PDF slides – you’ll also find them on the Shared
the SRAE Work Group?
The goal of the SRAE work group is to collaboratively prepare
for future programming. The SRAE work group will meet weekly with Jutta
facilitating. Participants will work on projects in between sessions and
present their work the following week. We are starting with one group for SRAE,
but if there is interest we could split into additional topic areas.
The work group is voluntary, but we hope you’ll actively
join in! If we can judge by the chat response at our recent meeting, folks seem
enthusiastic about taking this on.
What is the Reading Club?
On Fridays we would like to introduce a new professional development opportunity: a book/article discussion group open to SRAE, CAPP, and PREP. We’ll send articles around and facilitate a discussion on the readings. We won’t present on or review the material—we ask you to read the articles first, then we’ll use our time on Friday to discuss how it applies to our work. If you have an article you’d like to share, please let us know! Check back here for links to the first readings.
~ The TA Team: Jutta, Michele, Marisol, and Heather