Workshops – Educating for Equity

Educating for Equity (part 1): Why Race Matters in Education and How Teachers Can Respond

This workshop is designed to be collaborative and interactive and to help teachers begin to recognize the varied ways that race and racism affect what happens in their classrooms, often without their knowledge or consent.  We examine modern definitions of aversive racism and racial microaggressions and we look at the ways racial identity development shapes student experiences and expression.  Most importantly, as a White facilitator, I model my process of developing racial consciousness, a task that involved undoing much of the training I implicitly received from my family and my society about what it means to be White.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Break norms of colormuteness that stop us from having important conversations
  • Learn the difference between old-fashioned racism and modern racism
  • See why colorblindness doesn’t help achieve equity
  • Learn ways for White teachers to engage in anti-racist practice

Educating for Equity (part 2): Building Racial Competencies

People are not born with the skills and competencies required to be racially proficient; they must be learned and practiced like any other professional or personal skills.  Building racial competencies involves role plays, case study analyses and other interactive activities designed to help participants enact common dilemmas that educators face and practice the skills that contribute to racial and cultural competence.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Practice skills required for racial competence
  • Build confidence for engaging in conversations about difference
  • Acquire competencies for teaching in a multiracial classroom

Taking an Inquiry Stance

Teacher inquiry can be a powerful method of examining and transforming one’s own practice.  In this workshop, I support teachers to build the foundation for their own inquiry in which they will cycle through an inquiry process:

  1.  Asking questions
  2.  Reading, writing, observing
  3.  Making changes
  4.  Asking more questions.

I introduce the concept of inquiry research and the different possible approaches.  I offer targeted expertise for race based inquiry projects in which teachers engage in critical inquiry on issues of race and education.

OBJECTIVES

  • Learn the basics of practitioner inquiry research
  • Build the foundation for school based inquiry groups
  • Learn the framework for moving beyond superficial inquiry
  • Locate resources for beginning your own inquiry