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11th Grade New Pairs Monthly Learning Moments (11B)

Monthly Learning Moments (MLMs) are a way for you to build a deeper understanding of the education landscape and the forces that may be affecting your mentee. Your Program Manager can leverage these resources as supplemental pair support throughout the academic year and length of match. Each MLM aligns with a Knowledge, Skill or Mindset that you, our mentors, have or are developing.

Use the Table of Contents below to navigate to each resource.

1: Stages of Youth Development

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Success in Role, Cultural Attunement

This could be your first time mentoring youth. It is important to understand the progression of your mentee's development so that you can meet your mentee where they are.  This session also sets a foundation for you to challenge your own beliefs about your mentee and begin to distinguish what behaviors are developmentally appropriate from personal bias.  

2: Seven Dimensions of Culture

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Cultural Attunement

This Monthly Learning Moment focuses on the seven dimensions that define cultures from around the world.  You will examine these differences between cultures so that you can work with your mentees more effectively and prevent misunderstandings due to a possible difference in operation and approach.

3: Implicit Bias

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Cultural Attunement

In this Monthly Learning Moment, you will explore implicit bias and strategies/techniques to actively challenge, navigate, and resist those biases. 

4: Building Authentic Relationships Across Lines of Difference

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Cultural Attunement

This Monthly Learning Moment focuses on the qualities that are required to build and sustain relationships across lines of difference and provides a framework for navigating the unconscious biases that might impact your ability to build and sustain a relationship with your mentee.

5: Mid-Year Reflection

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: All

This Monthly Learning Moment creates space for you to self-reflect on your progress with your mentee at the mid-point of Year 1.  You will use this reflection to inform a plan of action that leverages your strengths, capitalizes on areas of opportunity, and navigates around barriers and challenges.

6: History of Education Part 1: My Educational Journey

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Self-Awareness, Navigating Systems

This is the first of three connected Monthly Learning Moments that highlight power and privilege in public education and the key events that have defined the history and evolution of the U.S. education system.  These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge of themes throughout this history, such as the purpose of education, racial injustice, and power and privilege inherent within the system.  The hope is that you will use this knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of the barriers and challenges students must navigate based on systemic injustices.  

7: History of Education Part 2: De Jure or De Factor Segregation? Part 1

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Self-Awareness, Navigating Systems

This Monthly Learning Moment highlights power and privilege in public education and key events that have defined the history and evolution of the U.S. education system based and its impact on black and brown children and their communities.   As you go through the session, several themes will emerge, including the purpose of education, racial injustice, and power and privilege inherent within the education system that was built and the impact of other systems on public education.

8: History of Education Part 3:De Jure or De Factor Segregation? Part 2

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Self-Awareness, Navigating Systems

This Monthly Learning Moment highlights power and privilege in public education and key events that have defined the history and evolution of the local education system.  You should be able to connect your reflections and insights from examining  the overall history of the United States to how education has evolved in your own communities and the impact of that evolution on our students.  The hope is that you will gain a deeper understanding of the local barriers and challenges students must navigate based on systemic injustices. This also lays the foundation for you to develop a personal theory of change next year.

9: End of Year Conversation Reflection

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: All

This experience will provide you with a structured opportunity to reflect on your wins, areas of growth, and challenges in your first year in the program.  You will create summer plan of learning and action that will help you increase your impact in your pair relationship next year.

10: Why I Do This Work

Knowledge/Skill/Mindset: Civic Mindedness

After a year of immersion in the program with both rewarding and challenging experiences with your mentee, you will reflect on and reconnect with your why. This will expand your moment of obligation (story of the past) to a story of now. The hope is that through this reflection you will be able to pull out themes related to what fuels your fire for this work.