Educators today have a tremendous responsibility: teaching students content, cultivating social-emotional skills, and preparing informed and active global citizens to create a more equitable and inclusive society. Across the country, courageous educators and administrators are acknowledging that schools themselves—both the practice of schooling and the outcomes students are achieving—are not equitable across lines of race and class. These inequities have been laid bare throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and Facing History and Ourselves has designed an approach and a professional development model to help educators address these troubling and historically rooted disparities.
Our vision is to support educators and school leaders both individually and collectively as they move to culturally mediated and equitable practices where all students find their voice, become critical thinkers, and are fully engaged in their education. Through interactive and critically conscious pedagogy, educators will examine the history of American education, current systems of inequity, and gain the tools necessary to mitigate against these barriers to equity.
In this summit, participants will:
- Explore the history of race, schooling, and academic identity to better understand the root causes of present-day educational inequities
- Engage with contemporary scholarship in the field of race and equity and gain the necessary tools to address these historical legacies in your school context. Steve Becton, Chief Officer of Equity and Inclusion at Facing History and Ourselves, will be a key facilitator at the summit and will feature additional speakers and thought-leaders.
- Develop mindsets and tools for engaging in equity-based work, and increase their capacity to lead colleagues through these difficult conversations.
Taking place between Monday and Thursday over one calendar week, each offering is a real-time, interactive online classroom where participants will connect in facilitated whole and small group sessions. We estimate a time commitment of up to four hours a day for synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
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