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Taking a Stand

Community Initiative

Since our founding, CAST has been committed to reinventing schooling for our young learners, inside and outside the classroom. Our efforts are guided by our four pillars: Equity, Relationships, Student Voice & Agency, and Authentic Experiences. We believe our students will be the leaders of tomorrow because they are positioned to drive change today.
Over the past two weeks, we have met as a community and defined three focus areas to further explore during the summer: engaging in your community, using art as a revolutionary act, and learning more about the culture. We will continue to engage during the summer through independent sessions. As our leaders of tomorrow, our students’ voices must be heard now. As our future protectors, inventors, and sources of comfort and inspiration, their ideas need to be seen and recognized. Email us at info@castschools.com if you would like to join us in our efforts. There are multiple opportunities currently available as well as many other ways to join the discussion.

Our Thought Partners


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SA2020


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Focus Areas

Engage in Your Community

  • Connect with your community leaders
  • Identify how resources are invested
  • Counselors over Cops

Art as a Revolutionary Act

  • Use your voice
  • Express through art
  • Craft your message

Learn the Culture

  • Book studies
  • Community events
  • School resources

Highlights from Our Working Session

https://youtu.be/ucjhlwmO4wshttps://youtu.be/725DgvE8qBk

Events and Engagement Opportunities

Art as a Revolutionary Act

Art as a Revolutionary Act – Session 3


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Art as a Revolutionary Act

Art as a Revolutionary Act – Session 4


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Convos with Meghan and Zach

Convos with Meghan and Zach – Session 4


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Reference Materials

Videos

https://youtu.be/qviM_GnJbOMhttps://youtu.be/h8jUA7JBkF4https://youtu.be/32BzOU3n7HAhttps://youtu.be/BPUW5k6y4wQhttps://youtu.be/4cZ9l-o3S0ghttps://youtu.be/zXEIYpnlxbw

Additional Videos

How racial bias works – and how to disrupt it
Jennifer L. Eberhardt, TED Ideas Worth Spreading


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The Casual Acceptance of Racism
Kim Foxx


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The Power of Protest
TED Ideas Worth Spreading


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Artists

Banksy
Reuters


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Ariana Brown
Poet, Performer and Workshop Facilitator


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Akaimi Davis
Mixed Media Contemporary Artist


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Barbara Felix
Afro-Latinx Contemporary Figurative Artist


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Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson
San Antonio Poet Laureate


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Kara Walker


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Ai Weiwei
Safe Passage, artfixdaily.com


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Free Apps

Adobe Illustrator
Digital Art Tools


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Adobe Photoshop Mix
Digital Art Tools


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Adobe Premiere Rush
Video Editing


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Anchor FM
Audio Recording


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Audacity
Audio Recording


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Voice Recorder
Audio Recording


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Podcasts

1619 NY Times
Podcast series about the history of slavery


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About Race
Reni Eddo-Lodge


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Intersectionality Matters
African American Policy Forum, Kimberlé Crenshaw


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NPR Code Switch
Race. In Your Face.


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Waiting n Reparations
Hip Hop Politics


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Websites

2nd Verse
Spoken Word Poetry


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6 Considerations for School Leaders Making a Statement About George Floyd
Education Week


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Belonging Check-In Kit
Creating Space for Reflection In the Wake of Racial Injustice, Uprising, Project Wayfinder


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Cultural Taxation, It’s Toll Inside and Outside Academia
By Bella Pratt, Blue Sky Graduate Assistant, MBA Candidate, Blue Sky Institute, Boise State University


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Don’t Say Nothing. Silence Speaks Volumes. Our Students are Listening
By Jamilah Pitts, Teaching Tolerance


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Facing History and Ourselves
Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death and Police Violence Towards Black Americans


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Focused Conversations Protocol
ICA Associates, Inc.


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Guide to Multi-Sectored, Targeted Interventions During COVID-19
SA2020


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Leonie Dawson
Blog, Racism Resources and Recommendations


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Lyrical Opposition
A Community for Artists Looking to Impact the World One Lyric at a Time


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Say Their Names Toolkit
A toolkit to help foster productive conversations about race and civil disobedience, Chicago Public Schools


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Split this Rock
Calling poets to a greater role in public life and fostering a national network of socially engaged poets


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The Ground Water Approach
Racial Equity Institue, LLC (REI)


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To Reach San Antonio’s Community Vision, We Must Be Explicit About Race
SA2020


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Write About Now Poetry (WANPoetry)


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Youth Media Network
2nd Youth Media Summit


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