Lenses of culture, Levels of change: Co-creating Educational Equity with White Educators – a Culture interest event taking place on 2018-05-05 10:00:00 in United States
We are living on the edge of major cultural shifts in our country and indeed the world. We are recognizing more than ever our interdependence with one another, the importance of valuing which of our differences make a difference and learning how to find common ground with each other intellectually and emotionally. The next generation of students is living in real time through a national dialogue on change, diversity, and equity. Businesses, higher education institutions, and community groups are all wrestling with what it means to be inclusive, diverse, authentic and equitable. Groups that are succeeding are realizing they must empower each individual educators to be a leader and that teams of leaders working together go further. This workshop is for white educators who want to examine their own whiteness and the white culture of their schools to better serve all students. People of color are welcome and encouraged to attend for free. This offering is to educate and support white educators and will center the impact of their whiteness, this is flawed and cannot fully bring the depth of that impact. We are inviting POC to attend to uphold the needed accountability, however we do not expect, nor will accept them being asked, to share their experience to appease white participants. POC participants are invited to contribute what will be healthy and important to them. As white educators ourselves, we do this work in accountability to our own colleagues of color and anti-racist organizations and communities. Learning objectives for this training: Examine mindsets and assumptions about what it takes to be an inclusive white teacher Explore the connection between organizational culture, unconscious bias and how they affect your behavior and student engagement Practice with authentic dialogue and conflict resolution to have courageous conversations surrounding race, gender, orientation, ethnicity, etc. This training is experiential and will focus on each individual participant to critically self-reflect and assess the educational institution they teach in. It is needed for all of us to think about how we learn, think and feel when putting our minds on issues of equity and diversity. If it was about reading the right article, listening to the best speaker or implementing the latest 3 tips then we would all have done it by now. So come prepared to look inward to better equip you when teaching outward. Refund policy: No refunds are given after registration. People can transfer to the next one if they can no longer attend this one or gift their registration to another person. Accountability: Noah and Fleur are committed to being accountable as white folks doing anti-racist work. We are in relationship with colleagues and friends of color, organizations led by people of color and communities leading liberation and anti-racism work. We are open and honest about our own blindspots and racism as we lead authentically with other white people. This training was born out of a request by my colleague of color who is currently at a private school I've been working with for 2 years now leading gender and race-based caucusing (I'm with the white women and he leads the men of color). We were chatting about the lack of trainings on racial justice and whiteness put on by the NW Association of Independent schools (where I presented on white women in education last fall). So we decided to create our own. The focus is on whiteness and systemic privilege, how it shows up in our bias, with our students, our teaching, our curriculum, our schools, and communities. And in action; strategies for anti-racist education. POC are invited to attend the workshop for free as an act of reparations (a close colleague is Tashi Ko who started reparationsme.com). The POC registered so far are people I know and am in relationship with. They will get to decide how they want to be in the space if they share or want to break out and meet separately. Noah and I both lead a lot of white caucus work while being accountable to our colleagues of color.Right now the main ways I am accountable as a white person doing racial justice work is in relationships with people of color that I am collaborating or facilitating with: Keonna Jackson, Natasha Marin, Patty Julio, Regent Brown, Jabali Stewart, Aparna Rae, Regent Brown, and Katie Mooney. Organizations that Fleur works with or support that are led by POC are Wayfind Legal, Nonprofit Assistance Center, Resource Generation, Social Justice Fund, Justlead and Rainer Valley Corps. White groups that Fleur goes to or leads locally are with European Dissent, Nonprofit Anti-Racist Coalition and anti-racist white women for equity.Noah works with White Men as Full Diversity Partners nationally. We will be donating 5% of the proceeds to Real Rent Duwamish. Fleur Larsen started facilitating on challenge course programs and wilderness therapy with youth and adults. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, joy, and purposeful results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach goals. Fleur has extensive experience in youth work, education and specifically independent schools in the last 20 years. Recently, she worked at Seattle Girls School for over 5 years, and attended and presented at regional and annual national education conferences. Her work as a Seattle-based facilitator is focused on equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, team building, emotional intelligence, experiential education and community development. Noah Prince has over 15 years of experience as a leader in equity, inclusion, and leadership development work. Noah is honored to serve as a consultant with Fleur Larsen Consulting and with White Men as Full Diversity Partners. Noah was previously the district coordinator of Race and Equity in Seattle Public Schools. He has also been a high school classroom teacher in the Philadelphia Public School system and a High School administrator in Tacoma Public Schools. He holds a B.A. in Black Feminist Thought from Evergreen State College Tacoma; and a Masters in Education from Temple University. His approach is down-to-earth, client-centered and engaging.
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