Meredith Morelle (she/her/hers) is Kindred’s Managing Director of National Programs. She has spent her career working to advance racial justice through schools, and she has two decades of experience as a practitioner and a leader at the middle and secondary levels, in the non-profit sector, and in the federal policy arena. Meredith earned her graduate degree in human rights studies, with a focus on racial justice, from Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism, with minors in literature and theater, from American University.
Monica is an ICF Certified Executive Coach and Consultant whose mission is to develop and expand the capacity of leaders to positively impact schools, organizations, and society. She holds 25 years of experience in education and senior leadership. Her years as a high school English teacher, assistant principal, principal, nonprofit and state-level leader, and, currently as CEO of Rockett Consultants, LLC, has helped to mold her perception about the powerful influence that effective leaders have in shaping the worlds of those they lead. Monica is also currently the Director of Cross-Systems Consulting at the Forum for Youth Investment where she is charged with building and strengthening the capacity of youth-serving organizations and networks to fulfill their mission to ultimately help young people lead successful lives.
Kindred Communities facilitates brave spaces to build the mindsets, skills, and energy needed to disrupt systemic oppression and create antiracist and liberated schools. Join this Community of Practice (CofP) to experience and gain skills in facilitating Kindred’s dialogue-to-action approach for diverse school communities. As a participant, you will take part in structured dialogue sessions that support you in reflecting upon your own and learning about others’ multifaceted identities, exploring the history and purpose of schooling in the United States, and examining the ways racism and other forms of injustice show up in your school community. You’ll also build upon your school’s vision of equity and explore ways to support its actualization. In addition, this CofP will also support your growth as an equity leader. Through the training and coaching component of this experience, you will explore Kindred’s theory of change, learn about the key tenets of dialogue, and practice facilitating brave conversations yourself, all in service of advancing your diverse school community’s work to ensure every student, family, and staff member experiences a sense of belonging and can thrive. For this immersive experience, we recommend teams of 2-3 members of differing racial and cultural identities. Teams can consist of staff of differing roles as well as family members and caregivers from each participating school.
Dialogue as Disruption will be meeting at the following dates and times for 22-23 School Year (all ET). Unless noted all meetings are held virtually on Zoom.
- October 12 2pm
- November 17 2pm
- December 15 2pm
- January 25 and 26 (in person at Kauffman Center in Kansas City, MO
- February 16 2pm
- March 16 2pm
- April 13 2pm
- May 18 2pm
- June (TBD – final presentation of deliverable)