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APISA Study Group

Deconstructing “The Model Minority” Myth Using Our Lived Experiences

By California Teacher Development Collaborative

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Date and time

June 15 · 9am - June 16 · 12pm PDT



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About this event

  • 1 day 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

This two-day study group is a continuation of the APISA (Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian) Study Group that began in June 2021 and continued through June 2022. This program is an opportunity to connect with other APISA educators in an affinity setting that will provide a safe and generative space to self-reflect, share stories, and learn from each other’s experiences. Topics we will continue to explore include the model minority myth vs. the Asian minority reality, particularly as it relates to the cultural stigma around mental health and the debate around affirmative action. We will continue to deconstruct the Asian monolith by examining colorism, gender, and class. We will also feature guest speakers to share their leadership journeys within independent schools. Finally, we will spend time building connections amongst our APISA community so we can embrace our identity as social change agents and strategize for collective action towards racial justice, not just for those who identify as APISA, but for other communities of color who are in need of co-conspirators.

Questions we will consider together:

  • How can we deconstruct the impact of the model minority myth as it relates to affirmative action?
  • How does the stigma around mental health in APISA communities show up in our students and families? How does it impact our work with them?
  • In what ways does colorism, gender, and class affect our perceptions of ourselves and our relationships within the APISA community?
  • What is our role in the fight for racial justice and resistance movements in our schools and communities?

Participants will:

  • Discuss the historical and cultural ways that racism affects the present lives of APISA individuals and communities
  • Develop a greater sense of agency around the topic of the APISA experience and its relation to the racial culture of the U.S
  • Develop an authentic network of APISA professionals for accountability and support
  • Practice self-reflection through journaling, share lived experiences through storytelling, and use a critical lens to unpack ingrained stereotypes rooted in the model minority myth

CATDC will provide all reading materials in a digital format.


This program is intended for self-identified APISA educators seeking to explore their own racial identity both in and out of the classroom. With new content, we encourage new participants to join the study group and past participants to return to continue learning and growing alongside other APISA educators.


SESSION 1: June 15, 2023 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

SESSION 2: June 16, 2023 | 9:00am - 12:00pm


Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. Registration may be transferred to a different person up to 7 days before a session. However refunds will not be given, and a session missed for any reason will not be refunded.

Below we have outlined our cancellation and refund policy, which we have in place to ensure the most accurate numbers when we secure well in advance locations, catering, and facilitators. Thank you for understanding.

For our ongoing programs or one-day intensives, refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 22 days before the scheduled starting date. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations made 21 days or less prior to the first day of a workshop. A missed session that is part of an ongoing program is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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You will receive a full refund if CATDC chooses to cancel this event.

About the organizer

The CATDC is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for teachers to grow as professionals.