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Engage participants in the construction of consciousness or awareness and developing an attitude of open-mindedness.
Encourage introspective reflection surrounding current pedagogical practice, cultural bias, etc.
Challenge traditional practices that often silences or marginalizes certain groups .
Introduce equity pedagogy and an inclusion model of working with diverse groups.
Provide practical techniques and strategies for educators and leaders to effectively lead in diverse settings and promote the success of all.
Assist participants in recognizing the assets of the people they work with and to infuse various funds of knowledge and experiences in the classroom or workplace.
Ask participants to explore current policies, procedures, mandates and how these may further marginalize already disenfranchised groups.
Evaluate current practices and create a partnership of trust and mutual respect for all stakeholders.
Data has consistently represented Black students as having the largest academic gap when compared to their peers. This workshop explores the (perceived) salient educational issues Black students face. Engaging with BrownSchooling’s instructional model, participants are asked to shift their mindset in how to use students’ funds of knowledge to create an academic and social environment where Black students can thrive.
Educators hold biases that inform how we teach, lead and relate to students in poverty. Participants become cognizant of these biases while engaging in self-reflective practices. This workshop assists in building recognition of the personal misconceptions and stereotypes, and understand the systemic inequities faced by marginalized groups of students, specifically children living in poverty.
Today’s families are often pulled in many directions that impact the balance between the strong school and home partnership. In this workshops, participants will explore innovate ways to rethink traditional practices to build school-home partnerships with today’s families.
In an era of accountability, educators are searching for strategies to balance standards-driven curriculum and the need to support students’ development in becoming ethical social justice-minded citizens. In this workshop practitioners will be challenged to problematize traditional classroom instruction and move toward the inclusion of students’ voice and choice in the classroom. Participants will explore the elements of a social justice classroom and learn practical ways to create critical space for social engagement within the current curriculum.