Teaching While White:
Understanding Whiteness and Its Impact on Teaching and Learning
For: White Identifying Teachers and Leaders who understand that race matters in the classroom, but continue to seek support engaging in racial topics, especially across racial difference
Part 1: Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 29
Part 2: Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27
Part 3: Thursday, December 8 and Monday, December 12
All sessions will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please note that these sessions will not be recorded
In many ways, the racial injustice being highlighted in this time in history is not new. What IS new is the way racial justice is now being covered by the mainstream media and discussed in every forum. Students are looking to their teachers to help navigate and make sense of what they are seeing. This workshop series is conducted as a white, antiracist affinity space so that we can develop a greater understanding of white racial identity and develop the skills and racial literacy that will guide the next generation towards greater racial justice.
Wednesday, September 21 and Thursday, September 29; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Teaching While White — Now What?
To better understand our own perspective, the first module of this experience 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.
Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
From Ally to Accomplice — Strengthening Our Skills to Act Against Racial Injustice
The second module of this experience will explore Dovidio’s research on aversive racism to enhance our understanding of racism as a system. We will practice how to interrupt racially stressful situations and how to manage white guilt, shame, and paralysis in the face of racist comments or behavior. We will identify how white fragility operates in schools and ways to challenge it via both pedagogy and content. Participants will leave the day with a deeper understanding of allyship as an action and with strategies to support healthy, antiracist teaching/learning environments.
Thursday, December 8 and Monday, December 12; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Engaging Institutional Resistance
It’s not a question of if racism is operating, but when, and are you prepared to address it head-on, both individually and institutionally? Module three of this experience will build on the concepts from the first two modules: white racial identity development, challenging color-evasiveness and white silence, and identifying effective interpersonal interventions. As a next step in this progression, we will consider many of the systemic issues that become more visible as we hone our own strategies for reflection and resistance. We will refine our skills for disrupting racism and white dominant culture in schools. We will utilize tools to help anticipate moments where bias and racism may emerge so we can plan ahead and practice accordingly.
Registrations Before September 1:
$550 per Participant, Member Schools; $700 per Participant, Non-Member Schools
Registrations on and after September 1:
$700 per Participant, Member Schools; $850 per Participant, Non-Member Schools
Jenna has been an educator in non-profits, schools, and colleges for over 20 years, working with students from kindergarten to college level. Most recently, Jenna had been a middle school English and drama teacher outside of Boston for over ten years. Jenna was also a founder and co-director of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and a conference for educators on issues of equity and inclusion. Jenna currently lives in Cambridge, MA, on the Ancestral and Traditional land of the Massa-dchu-es-et and the Wampanoag. She is a diversity consultant, specializing in professional development for educators on issues of whiteness and its impacts on teaching, curriculum, and leadership. She holds an M.Ed. from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College
Elizabeth works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. She is also an assistant professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Previously, she served as a director of studies and professional development and was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. She coordinated professional development and evaluation for all faculty and served as a co-leader of the school’s accreditation team. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the co-director of diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools, including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, Institute of Education, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She also holds an Oregon Preliminary Administrative License and lives on the Ancestral and Traditional lands of the Chinook.
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