Here’s a tool to help folks apply texts to make change where we work: the Schooltalking Action Planner. It’s a work in progress; feel free to comment on the doc.
Here’s a conversation starter to get folks going beyond reading only, to repairing opportunity systems and the treatment of children in schools: here.
Each tool on this site is what Mica calls an onramp — a structured invitation to enter collective efforts to improve schools and society. If the collective effort is a highway full of travelers going in a shared direction, an “onramp” proactively offers language, concepts, or action steps that prompt people to enter work where they are.
A *text* can be an onramp to collective effort (eg., Schooltalk is designed to be one onramp, Everyday Antiracism another; each chapter is an onramp of its own). A *frame* or term can be an onramp inspiring collective effort (Mica has used “everyday antiracism,” “equity,” and “anti-hate” to invite people into the work). Each “onramp” has pros/cons, in given situations. Onramps need to be designed for use in specific places.
And then, talk tools help us sustain efforts with each other once on the highway.
No single text does it all: we need a toolkit. Here’s an amazing reading/video list from my campus’ “21-day Antiracism Challenge.” Here’s another pretty amazing list; here’s another.
But we need to apply any text as an onramp to ongoing work to improve our schools. One effort is the #Schooltalking Action Planner — check it out.