How can we best support and celebrate students of all abilities and identities? An engaging, rigorous, and representative curriculum should speak to the unique backgrounds and identities of all students in the classroom.
Join Facing History and Ourselves and ReelAbilities Film Festival for an educator workshop where we will share key frameworks and language surrounding ability and disability inclusion to support an inclusive, just and representative curriculum.
In a series of breakout sessions, teachers will have the option to hear from youth with disabilities about their own high school experiences; learn with a disability rights activist and film critic on how to critically evaluate disability representation in popular movies and films; or view and discuss a classroom-ready short film portraying a largely unknown but crucial part of the history of the ASL and Deaf community, and of Canada.
This workshop is intended for junior, middle and high school educators and curriculum coaches who are interested in inclusion and accessibility, positive disability representation, and the ethical implications of studying key figures in Canadian history.
In this workshop you will:
- Understand the models of disability and the language educators and students can use to reflect current dis/ability best practices.
- Develop tools to ensure the stories we encounter, curate, and discuss in classrooms create greater equity, inclusion, and justice for students with disabilities inside classrooms, and in our communities beyond the classroom.
- Choose one of three breakout rooms to:
- Learn directly from students with disabilities in order to gain insight on the best tools and strategies to implement to create more equitable and inclusive classrooms for students
- Workshop how to choose texts for your syllabi that positively represent the stories, experiences, and complex identities of individuals with disabilities,
- Equip you with guiding questions and teaching strategies to help you to introduce and discuss controversial historical figures, introduce an important moment in the history of disability advocacy and injustice in Canada, and raise critical questions about technology and universal design in the classroom.
After this workshop you will...
- Become part of the Facing History Educator Network with access to educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides
This workshop will not be recorded. This workshop will be held via Zoom. Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.
ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided. Please email [email protected] if you have other access needs.
Please note Registration information will be shared with our event partner.