Online: Anti-Racist Teaching Even at a Distance

Saturdays, March 6, 20, April 3, 2021, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 15 PDUs
We begin this online class from the premise that schools and classrooms should be rehearsal spaces for a more just society than the one we are living in now. This course is designed as a place for teachers to explore ways to foster an anti-racist stance and practice–even in the challenge and anonymity of distance learning.
Oregon Writing Project coaches will model curriculum grounded in students’ lives; critical reading activities of historical, literary, or scientific documents; and artistic written expressions like poetry, interior monologues, or historical fiction.
Through writing, curriculum analysis and affinity groups, participants will explore these essential questions:
– How do we build a joyful learning community where all students’ identities and languages are embraced?
– How can we center anti-racist practices amidst the sea of technical solutions prevalent in distance learning?
– What are some characteristics of lessons that rely on anti-racist practices?
– How do teachers’ identities impact the learning community, curriculum and student experiences?
How might educators hold space for students to embody their power and connections?
What changes can we make to revise curriculum towards a more anti-racist stance?
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PDU/Noncredit: $250, includes 15 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%.
Also offered for Graduate Continuing Education Credit
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About the Instructors
Katharine Johnson MAT teaches middle school at Vernon World School in Portland Public Schools. She is co-director of the Oregon Writing Project.
Ty Marshall, MA teaches Language Arts and Social Studies to 7th/8th graders in West Linn, OR.
Mariela Tyler, MEd is a Latina woman from Mexicali, Mexico. She currently teaches 8th grade Language Arts in the Tigard-Tualatin school district.
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