See and Be Seen

Dionne Grayman, a staff developer for Morningside Center, helps bring restorative practices and racial equity to NYC public schools - and writes about it on her blog, See and Be Seen. 

August 30, 2020

Centering diverse cultures can strengthen community and sense of belonging for everyone, writes Morningside Center staff developer Nicole Lavonne Smith

June 7, 2020

Educators must not be complicit and co-conspirators in the act of not allowing Black students to just BE their wonderfully made selves.

October 21, 2018

Sometimes educators have to make hard decisions that put the needs of the many over the needs of one. Morningside Center staff developer and blogger Dionne Grayman tells about a wrenching choice she had to make.

September 20, 2018

Morningside Center staff developer and blogger Dionne Grayman reflects on the experience of being "invisibilized" as a student - or adult - of color. 

November 30, 2017

The principal was greeting students on the steps of the school when I arrived. His normally cheerful demeanor was slightly subdued as he told me about the two major incidents that had happened the day before, each one centered around one student, Justin, in particular.

October 24, 2017

The class had already earned a reputation for being one of the more difficult ones in a school that considers itself the last stop for young people who have spent the majority of their student careers majoring in "Disruptive" and minoring in "Challenging."

September 28, 2017

Edward was a part of a cohort of teachers in a middle school that was participating in a unique project to develop a whole-school model for restorative practices.

January 20, 2017

It is Thursday, January 19th, 2017, and I am sitting in a large, warm, aesthetically comforting office at a school that I have been sitting in every school day since Tuesday.

November 28, 2016

Dionne was asked by her daughter's school to facilitate a post-election circle for parents and staff. Many who came were upset about the election. Here's what happened.