Stronger Together Antiracism Classes

Antiracism Community Classes

The City of Arlington and Arlington Public Schools are co-sponsoring anti-racism classes facilitated by Will Nelson. Classes are online during Phase 2 social distancing requirements. Classes are limited attendance and are interactive with Zoom format.

Summer sessions: /DocumentCenter/View/4071

Fall sessions below, register: https://bit.ly/3hGwaNE 

Fall sessions flyer here.

Stronger Together - Anti Racism Education, Conversations and  Book Studies to Continue

September sessions:
(8-20-2020) In partnership with Arlington Public Schools, we just completed the first series of anti-racism education and conversations with the community.  The series led by Mr. Will Nelson, Director of Equity and Student Success, was well received.  We commend Will for his expertise and dedication to building community through unity. 

Our goal to help everyone feel safe in our community and to shape progress by increasing awareness and providing learning tools to model change, and provide opportunity to interrupt the cycles of oppression, and breakdown structural racism.  Every community member has a role to play in combating hate. 

"I hope you will join us in the online sessions which will continue with monthly classes and discussion hours," said Mayor Barb.   

Antiracism classes - The next antiracism session is Thursday, September 3, with one hour for content and 30 minutes for discussion. Topic: The Story We Tell - which uncovers the roots of the race concept. Lunch Series - 12-1:30, Dinner Series - 4:30-6:00.

Book Studies - The first book study is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 4:00-5:00 pm. We will be reading Waking Up White by Debby Irving. Please read the Introduction for the first session.

Conversations - Conversations will be unplanned and will revolve around a theme. The first conversation is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 4:00-5:00 pm. The topic - What is Race?

The registration link: https://bit.ly/3hGwaNE


About the Presenter:                will photoWill Nelson is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. He currently serves as Director of Equity and Student Success for Arlington Public Schools overseeing equitable practices, student services, discipline, attendance, community truancy board, enrollment, choice transfers, student threat assessments, improvement planning, and supervising elementary and middle school principals. Prior to this role, Will taught in Arlington at a K-12 Parent Partnership Program, and then at both 9-12 high schools. He has served as Assistant Principal at the traditional high school (AHS), and the Principal at the alternative high school (Weston).

Will Nelson holds a BA in Russian Language from Portland State University, an MA in Historical Slavic Linguistics from the University of Washington. He earned his Administrator and Superintendent Certificates through Western Washington University.

Will has implemented and facilitated Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Restorative Justice Practices while serving as Principal. He uses trauma-informed approaches as well as Motivational Interviewing to serve students with high Adverse Childhood Response scores. Will has also implemented and led Project-Based Learning. At the district level, Will is leading professional development around equity, race and racism, and culturally responsive teaching practices. 

Will is currently leading a five community and three school district project called Stronger Together - Building Unity Through Community, to create an event and a place to talk about equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. This annual event is the start of multiple opportunities throughout the year to engage in conversation and learning about what it means to be Stronger Together.


Contact Information:

Will Nelson
Director of Equity and Student Success
Arlington Public Schools
360-618-6228
wnelson@asd.wednet.edu 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/strongertogetherarlington/