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Lenses of culture, Levels of change: Co-creating Educational Equity with White Educators

  • University Cooperative School 5601 University Way Northeast Seattle, WA, 98105 United States (map)

Join us March 10th 10-4pm Register here

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. 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.

Tiered pricing: 
Early childhood educators $115, 
Elementry/Middle school $135, 
High school $150, 

Nonprofit/Trainers $150
Higher Education $175

Registration here.

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.