In a recent in-service training session, Williamson County Schools’ teachers were presented with a video titled “Cultural Competency Series Module Three.”
“Today we will be discussing privilege,” the unnamed narrator begins; adding:
Our goals for today will be to begin to recognize the construct of privilege and its implications.
I want to emphasize the word ‘begin,’ and encourage you to use this module as a springboard for further reading, discussions and reflection.
Our second goal is for you to have built confidence in your ability to engage in courageous conversations about privilege.
If we as educators do not build our capacity to discuss challenging topics with our colleagues, how can we teach those skills to our students?
Our norms for these modules are, as always, to limit our distractions and to commit to our own personal learning and growth.
As The Tennessee Star reported Tuesday:
The 26-minute in-service training video, the third in a series about cultural competency, profiles several people whom the video describes as “Williamson County Voices.”
The video does not identify anyone, nor does it make clear if these people are school system employees or county residents not formally affiliated with the school system. One man, though, identified himself as a school administrator.
The Tennessee Star obtained the video on Tuesday through an open records request submitted to the Williamson County School System that was submitted on February 19.
“Pursuant to Tennessee’s Public Records Act, [we are] writing to request a video shown to teachers Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, during an In-Service Day at Thompson’s Station Elementary School,” The Star wrote in an email to the Williamson County School Systems.
The Williamson County School System complied with that request by providing The Star with a CD copy of the video on Tuesday. The Star is in the process of making the full video available for its readers in YouTube format, which we expect to accomplish before the end of this week.
Watch the full video: