Understanding Whiteness and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning
Day 1: About Teaching While White: Now What
A workshop for white teachers and administrators who understand that race matters in the classroom, but who still feel uncomfortable talking and engaging with racial topics, especially across racial difference. To better understand our own perspective, we will explore what it means to be “white” and why it matters. We will explore the concept of managing “racial stress” and what to do when we start to feel overwhelmed. We will discuss why being colorblind is not a solution, what language is appropriate to use, how stereotypes influence everyone, and how we can be more conscious of our own biases in the classroom to ensure we are effective teachers for all students.
Day 2: About From Ally to Accomplice: Strengthening Our Skills to Act Against Racial Injustice
A workshop for white teachers and administrators who want to expand their strategies for increasing racial equity in schools. Predicated on a solid understanding of implicit bias and concepts such as stereotype threat and microaggressions, we will explore Dovidio’s research on aversive racism to enhance our understanding of racism as a system. We will discuss how to engage with white guilt, shame, and paralysis in the face of racist comments or behavior by practicing how to interrupt racially stressful situations. We will identify white supremacist culture within schools and ways to challenge it via both pedagogy and content. Participants will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of allyship as an action and with strategies to support healthy, anti-racist teaching/learning environments.
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