See and Be Seen

Dionne Grayman, a trainer and 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

January 18, 2023

Dionne Grayman, a retired football mom, reflects on Damar Hamlin, why our society has grown so desensitized to the breaking of Black boy bodies and spirits, and why we need a pause.

May 2, 2022

Some adults seem unable to grasp that young people are scared. Terrified. And angry. They feel abandoned. We can do better by our kids. 

March 23, 2022

"Because love is in the details, we can operationalize it to rebuild schools into centers of joy, creativity, curiosity, collaboration, and cultivation of the unlimited potential of young people." 

November 29, 2021

Self-care isn’t just an essential part of communal care, it is what makes community possible.

October 18, 2021

"My self-care makes me possible because it sustains the source of my humanity," writes trainer Dionne Grayman.

September 20, 2021

Self-care is about more than candles and Epsom salt baths and exercise and sleep and saying no, says Morningside trainer Dionne Grayman. 

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.