Black Lives Matter

Our young people are showing up and leading. Racism, police brutality, attacks on free speech, a global pandemic; They are out front saying enough is enough. We are watching history be made.

Over the past two weeks Sound Discipline has been reflecting and gathering input from our team members and community partners. We have committed to doing more to break down systemic racism by doing our own work within our internal team, as well as continuing to support the ongoing equity work within schools and communities.

The example we see in our young people taking leadership now is the entire point of social emotional learning; People standing in their full humanity, knowing they belong, naming and expressing feelings, asking for help, helping others, taking responsibility, and doing the work to nurture one another in community.

At Sound Discipline, we know that even profound trauma in a child’s life can be mediated by the knowledge that they matter. In that spirit, all of the time, but especially at this moment of collective attention, we lift up the generational struggle of Black people, Black men and boys especially, for dignity and belonging.

We are inspired and compelled in our work alongside educators and parents who are authentically confronting pervasive racism within our educational systems. We aim to be resolute and compassionate guides for our school and community partners as we confront hard realities about school climate, classroom practice, and discipline.

Social Emotional Learning might sound like something we do for kids, and it is, but in large measure, it is about us – the adults. For people shaped by trauma, social emotional learning enables us to heal ourselves and to repair harm we have done.

We are hopeful — because we witness change firsthand; racist behaviors, choices, policies, and structures being replaced by practices that affirm the humanity of children. We watch school cultures transform. We see children growing up in a school that affirms their talents, values, identities, and ways of learning. What if all children grew up this way? What wrongs would that prevent? What brilliance could blossom? What might be possible?