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Best Practices in Social Justice for the Elementary School Classroom

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The heart of this course:

This videoconference-based learning experience is designed to connect educators from across the United States to learn alongside teachers recognized for their work with students. Each session features a different expert facilitator who will share a best practice in social justice and guide your learning in exploring that best practice.

What you will learn as a teacher, administrator, or educator:

Grounded in the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards, teachers can use these practices to refine their curriculum and reflect on access in their classrooms, while leaders and administrators can use them to create safer spaces for all kids to learn. Find out more here.

What you will take with you (and back to your school):

  • A better understanding of the Teaching Tolerance Standards for Social Justice,
  • A protocol to use with colleagues so you can help them explore the standards back in your school,
  • 10 best practices from nationally recognized expert teachers that you can apply with your students and share with your colleagues,
  • 10 discussion guides/how-to sheets to share with colleagues, one for each best practice,
  • Strategies to use in your class and support in applying them from our host and facilitators,
  • A network of colleagues to support your growth as an educator,
  • A certificate of participation for 15 hours Full Access, 12.5 hours Limited Access,
  • One university PD credit.

Please note that this course is specifically designed for the elementary school classroom, but many of the ideas are easily adaptable for all ages.

Host: Dr. Stacey Donaldson, NBCT, 2010 Mississippi Teacher of the Year


  1. Justin Minkel, 2nd Grade Teacher, 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year
  2. Shawn Sheehan, Teacher, 2016 Teacher of the Year
  3. Sydney Chaffee, NBCT, Humanities Teacher and Instructional Coach, 2017 National Teacher of the Year
  4. Afrika Afeni Mills, Manager of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, Better Lesson
  5. Monica Washington, Instructional Coach, Better Lesson, 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year
  6. Brett Bigham, Special Education Teacher, 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year
  7. Anna Baldwin, English Teacher, 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year
  8. Kelisa Wing, Instructional Coach, 2017 DoDEA Teacher of the Year
  9. Josh Parker, Director of Engagement and Programs, Unbound Education
  10. Dr. Melissa Collins, NBCT, 2014 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Finalist
  11. Michael Dunlea, NBCT, Second Grade Teacher, 2012 New Jersey Teacher of the Year Finalist


  1. February 12: Unpacking the Teaching Tolerance Standards with Val Brown (Teaching Tolerance PD Instructor)
  2. February 26: History's Spiral: Teaching About the Effects of Injustice with Sydney Chaffee (Justice Standard 13)
  3. March 12: An Hour of Code-Switching featuring Me, Myself & I with Shawn Sheehan (Identity Standard 3)
  4. March 26: Free to Be Me with Kelisa Wing (Diversity Standard 9)
  5. April 9: The Home Library Effect: How and Why to Put the Right Books into Children's Hands and Homes with Justin Minkel (Identity Standard 1)
  6. April 23: Making Moments Matter with ELA Lessons with Josh Parker (Diversity Standard 8)
  7. May 7: Love Knows No Color, Planting Seeds of Hope with Melissa Collins and Michael Dunlea (Diversity Standards 6-9)
  8. May 21: Unraveling Bias in a Reservation Classroom with Anna Baldwin (Justice Standard 13)
  9. June 4: If you See Something, Say Something: How to Respond to Inequities in Schools with Monica Washington and Afrika Afeni Mills (Action Standard 19)
  10. June 18: Does Your Classroom Provide Role Models for Minority and LGBT Students with Brett Bigham (Identify Standard 2)

Live sessions are scheduled from 7-8:30 pm ET. The last 15 minutes of each live session is a private Q and A session that is not recorded and available only for Full Access participants.

Cost and Format:

We are offering two models of participation, Full Access and Limited Access.

Full Access format is highly interactive using Zoom videoconferencing and includes whole group and small group work, collaboration with colleagues, sharing of ideas and modifications, and thought partners who will help you reflect on tough questions. You will also have an opportunity at the end of each session to ask questions to the facilitator.

Full Access participants also have the opportunity to join a micro-community, facilitated by the course host. These are small groups of participants who what to dig deeper, extend their thinking, and engage in conversation with a group of colleagues. Following a live session, each micro-community will receive an email from the host and/or facilitator with a guiding question and reflection prompts. Groups then interact over email to continue their learning together.

Limited Access format allows you to have access to the recorded videos 48 hours after the live session. You will also have access to the same tools and resources that the full access participants have access to through Google folder. You will not have access to the Q and A portion of the live session, but are encouraged to watch the video and participate in the the activities as if you were live. This could be a great format for school-based PLCs or action research groups, or educators who have busy schedules or live in time zones that the live sessions don't accommodate.

Full Access ($249) includes:

  • Participation in each live session,
  • Interactions with the facilitators,
  • Collaboration with colleagues from across the United States,
  • Engagement in the Q and A session,
  • Participation in optional asynchronous micro-communities to continue learning with a small group between sessions,
  • Access to recordings,
  • Access to session materials (including one page of discussion questions or take-aways from each facilitator),
  • A certificate of participation for 15 hours,
  • One course credit through Southern Utah University

Limited Access ($99) includes:

  • Receiving a code to access recordings within 48 hours,
  • A certificate of participation for 12.5 hours,
  • Receiving access to all of the session materials (including the one page of discussion questions or take-aways from each facilitator).

Full Access cost equates to $16.60/hour and Limited Access cost equates to $7.92/hour.

Additional Information:

Registration opens on December 15 and closes on February 4. We must have a minimum number of participants to run the course. We will notify you by February 5 if the course is not running and you will receive a registration refund.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Megan at megan@nnstoy.org.

100% of the money raised with this course goes to support, connect, and mobilize our NNSTOY members and other expert educators so we can create equitable and exceptional education experiences for every student.

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