Antiracist Educators Summer Series

Antiracist Educators Summer Series

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Seven 75-minute workshops and conversations on a transformative approach to antiracism in education, meeting Tuesday nights in June and July

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How different would antiracism efforts in schools look if we deeply understood how racism operates, not just interpersonally, but institutionally? How different would they look if we committed to moving those efforts at the pace of the people most desperate for racial justice rather than progressing at the pace of the people most resistant to it? What if we stretched our baby steps and took more serious leaps toward antiracism?

In this series, hosted by the Equity Literacy Institute and Due East Educational Equity Collaborative, we offer seven weekly workshops designed to provide educators with the knowledge, abilities, and will necessary to create and sustain antiracist classrooms, schools, and districts—to leap over Diversity Lite and toward racial justice education. Topics include humanizing blackness in schools, teaching antiracism in P-12 classrooms, embracing a systems view of antiracist education, understanding and managing resistance to antiracism commitments, and more. Join Taharee Jackson, Marceline DuBose, Paul Gorski, Seema Pothini, Katy Swalwell, and Willie E. Garrison II.

7 Thursday Evenings this Summer, 7:00-8:15PM EST. All sessions will be recorded in case you aren't able to watch them live!


June 7, Paul Gorski: Five Big Leaps in Racial Equity Understanding and Action

Before the practical leaps, we sometimes need conceptual leaps--leaps in understanding how racial inequity operates and how to cultivate equity. In this workshop we'll explore some of those leaps, like the leap from an interpersonal to an institutional understanding of inequity and equity and the leap from mitigative responses to raciam to transformative ones. We will use these leaps in understanding to explore what they mean in terms of leaps in antiracist action in classrooms and schools.

June 14, Taharee Jackson: Advanced Antiracism: Baby Steps are for Actors, Big Leaps are for Allies and Accomplices

In this session, Dr. Jackson will discuss the antiracism spectrum from actor to ally to accomplice. In Advanced Antiracism, serious participants in the struggle for racial equity and social justice will learn the differences among allyship and accompliceship, which requires additional layers of introspection, understanding, and risk. Participants will learn to identify and advance themselves on the continuum of antiracist leadership and learn to be everyday allies and fierce accomplices.

June 21, Willie E. Garrison III: Leading Organizations Through the Stages and Themes of Educational Equity

When leading for equity, setting the stage, building context and establishing expectations are vital for making sustained progress. This session will outline the essential four steps a leader needs to take as a precursor to diving groups and organizations into deeper learning regarding educational equity. We will share samples of our work and lessons learned as we collaborated with districts at various stages of educational equity growth. We will also share the organizational structure and collaborative commitments we built as an active 39 district partnership dedicated to expanding educational equity within our region. This session will be designed as a practitioner's opportunity and will include discussion and activities that explore strategies that have shown progress and those that have proven ineffective at tangible change.

June 28, Seema Pothini: No More, "Next Time": Tools and big leaps to help you speak up immediately and effectively when hate, bias, or injustice is present

Have you been in a situation in which inequity is happening but you don't know how to address it? Have you heard students or colleagues say something harmful but you let it go because you didn't have the will or skill to engage? This workshop will provide concrete tools to help you interrupt bias, racism, or other types of injustice immediately and more effectively. We will utilize perspectives from youth to understand how even good intentions can lead to harmful impacts. Your students need your advocacy and leadership now, without waiting for "the next time."

July 12, Cheryl Matias: White Emotionality and its Impact on Racially Just Teaching: Starting with OurselvesThough there's a lot of talk of needing to do or how to do antiracist teaching, yet there is not much out there explaining how to engage in sustained projects of racial justice. That is, before engaging in antiracism, how do racialized emotions play a role in it, how does it affect our effectiveness to engage in antiracist teaching, or how does one develop emotional fortitude for engaging in such work. This training goes deep into whiteness and white emotionality (what is it, how it came to be, and how it impacts how we teach) and the roles they play in education. Then it offers pedagogical practices on how to engage in critical race teaching. Essentially, this workshop focuses on the self first, for as famed white identity scholar Janet Helms (1990) questions, how can one expect to lead students of color in healthy racial development, if they haven't understood their own racialization.

July 19, Katy Swalwell: Curriculum Leaps: Beyond Equitable Access to Racial Justice

A common baby step is to work towards ensuring BIPOC youth have access to advanced coursework and achieve academic success at similar rates to White students. This idea often enjoys support because it does nothing to question the status quo. If we want to leap towards racial justice, however, we need to reconsider what what we want students to learn and how we teach them.

July 26, Marceline DuBose: Leveraging the Hiring Process to Transform Systems for Equity

Hiring people who can immediately make change through their passion for, and experience with, equity is one of the fastest, most impactful, and important ways to transform the culture of any organization towards equity. Oftentimes organizations will create a process for hiring that is a “nod” to equity, but will eventually hire a traditional candidate over a candidate with an equity mindset. Ultimately, organizations may play it safe and perpetuate the status quo due to fear of resistance and change. This session will name and explore the six distinct steps in the hiring process, applying an equity lens to each step. We will share examples of equity grounded position descriptions and interview questions and close with strategies for ensuring that final hiring decisions are made with expanding equity as the priority.

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