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Becoming Antiracist: A Learning Series for Educators

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A month of learning for teachers who are "liberal" but know that's not enough. Includes webinars, reflections, & more.

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This is a professional learning series and community for educators who see ourselves as “liberal” or “progressive,” but who know that’s not enough. We want to do better when it comes to racial justice.

The series includes four 60-minute webinars and discussions with educator-activists of color about stepping up racial justice efforts, which will meet Tuesday evenings, 7-8:00pm Eastern Time, throughout April 2021. (Sessions will be recorded for people who register but aren’t able to view them live, so if you can't make it live, don't worry! Note that recordings will be available for 48 hours, then taken down, so you must watch the recording in that time block.)

Our amazing guests:

  • April 6: Cheryl Matias
  • April 13: Eddie Moore, Jr.
  • April 20: Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • April 27: Kike Ojo-Thompson

See fuller description below for more details of what is included in your registration.

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The series is hosted by Paul Gorski in conjunction with the Equity Literacy Institute.

Why

Sometimes the biggest barrier to racial justice in schools is less related to the lack of "diversity, equity, and inclusion" efforts, but rather the tendency for educators and schools to embrace the sorts of "racial equity" initiatives that pose no threat to racism. So, what do we do when we realize that celebrating diversity is not enough, that learning about cultures is not enough, that anti-bulling is not enough, that dialogue and reading groups are not enough?

We have assembled four racial justice educators who have something to say about this--who have been saying something about it for a long, long time.

This opportunity is for people with a serious commitment to doing better. This is not a Diversity 101 workshop. We will not be debating whether white supremacy exists or whether fluffy liberal approaches to racial equity are inadequate. It does and they are. And we can do better. That’s our starting point.

More Detailed “What”

Here’s what the opportunity includes:

Four 60-minute interactive webinars (part workshop, part interview, part Q&A) with educator-scholar-activists of color about their experiences leading, cultivating, writing about, and advocating for transformative racial justice approaches to education. They will share their views on how we can prepare ourselves without relying on their emotional labor. These will happen Tuesday evenings in April 2021, 7-8:00 pm Eastern Time, via Zoom.

• Reading suggestions from participants, including books and articles.

• An online space where participants can share resources and dialogue before, after, and between the weekly webinars.

We will use Zoom for the webinar sessions.If more than 200 people register, we will use the webinar function of Zoom, which means participants won't be able to use their video. Links will be distributed via Eventbrite rhw morning of each session .

Here are the principles, values, and commitments guiding this project:

• We will elevate the voices of activists of color and financially compensate (with the fees you pay to join) activists of color who choose to share their knowledge and experiences with us. We will read and share only works written or co-written by activists and scholars of color.

• Celebrating diversity is important, but not enough. Learning about cultures is important, but not enough. Our focus is on becoming better, stronger, more deeply committed racial justice educators.

• We reject the notion that racial equity work involves adjusting the mindsets, values, actions, or emotions of students of color or activists of color.

• We understand that the goal is informed action, not just learning for the sake of learning. The purpose of this professional learning opportunity is not to provide a list of practical action steps: we all need to do that in local community contexts. The purpose, instead, is to prepare ourselves for informed action by reflecting on the attitudes, ideologies, and behaviors that inform our antiracist efforts. Participants commit to finding informed ways to act in their own schools, communities, and beyond.

If this sounds like a process you would like to be part of, please join us. And please share with others who might be interested!

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