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Spark!

Beam Project Type: Programming     Project in Archive Phase

The Spark! workshops are a series of 13 lessons that build respect for human difference among K-12 students. Spark! is a partnership between the school district and the community. In our innovative model, trained community members representing the diversity of our community present workshops for each grade level at every school once a year. As students progress through their education, they begin with basic concepts such as 'same & different' and move to challenging discussions of discrimination and respect in areas such as disability, race, body size, social class, gender and sexual orientation, and religion.

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Impacts

PlanScape

Level 1: Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education

Level 2:

DMC:

Community Health:

Results

Gain knowledge

  • Understand and value human differences and similarities.

  • Understand the unfairness of discrimination and the harm it causes.

 

Develop empathy

  • Learn to accept others who are perceived as different.

  • Gain ability to interact respectfully with ALL people.

Develop critical thinking skills

  • Understand own biases as well as those of others.

  • Identify and challenge common fallacies.

 

Improve self-esteem

  • Build positive regard for self and group identity.

Indicators (What are some of the signs that progress is being made?)

Spark!/Spark research-based anti-bias student and whole family trainings and workshops. DC
will a)reach 15,000 grades K through 8 students; b)reach 50 - 75 families with whole family
curriculum and resources; c)reach 400 grades 8 through 12 students with curriculum and
interactive skill building forums.

Collaboration

Lead Organization: Diversity Council

Confirmed Collaborators: Rochester Public Schools

Potential Collaborators:

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Education

June 22, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Recruiting members to join Community Engagement Workgroup.

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June 19, 2018: 2018 RPS Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 6/19/2018 school board meeting, the following discipline data was presented.

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June 18, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement

Volunteers are needed to help facilitate a Poverty Simulation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
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June 15, 2018: Mayor Brede signed ICI pledge

On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 11:00 am, the Journey to Growth team, the City of Rochester and citizens of Rochester will gather in the City Hall Atrium for a special Signing Ceremony, designating Rochester as the first U.S. City to join the Council of Europe’s ICI (Intercultural Cities Initiative) program.

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June 01, 2018: Rochester Area Family Y 2018 Summer Program

The YMCA has 250 free summer memberships to give to teens in need this year. 

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May 24, 2018: Host Families for UMR Global Connections Community

  UMR is looking for Culture Host Families to build a Global Connections Community.

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May 10, 2018: Community Health Collaboration Conversation: Public Health, the Y and Diversity Council

Al Lun, openBeam, facilitated a 2018-05-8 meeting with Josh May, the Y; Dee Sabol, Diversity Council and Meaghan Sheridan, Olmsted Public Health to introduce each organization's community health related activities.

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May 08, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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April 08, 2018: 2018 Community Focus Team Meetings

March Community Focus Team (CFT) meeting notes.

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March 19, 2018: Help the Y Build a Better Us!

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 18, 2018: March 2018 In City for Good community forum

March 2018 presentation to City for Good by Olmsted County Administrator

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March 12, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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March 09, 2018: RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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March 01, 2018: Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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Last modified by allnode on 2017/09/13
Created by kalun on 2015/07/21

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