Confronting Racism and Antisemitism in Your School: A Conversation with Eric Ward

March 23, 2020
Confronting Racism and Antisemitism in Your School
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Confronting Racism and Antisemitism in Your School: A Conversation with Eric Ward

How and why does antisemitism persist in communities today? What can we do as educators to confront hatred in our schools and communities? Join Facing History and the ADL Education for a conversation with social justice advocate Eric Ward where we’ll discuss the challenges faced by schools when confronting antisemitism, white nationalism and provide resources to help you confront hatred in schools.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Increase your ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions about racism and antisemitism in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis.
  • Discuss how schools can respond when faced with violations based on hatred or bigotry and how students can choose to participate in strengthening their communities. 

Live captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8pm EST. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center. 

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.


About the Presenters

Eric Ward

Executive Director

Western States Center

Eric is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between hate violence and preserving democratic governance and inclusive societies. His 30 years of leadership includes founding the Community Alliance of Lane County; establishing over 120 task forces in six states through the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment; supporting immigrant rights advocates as National Field Director for the Center for New Community; serving as The Atlantic Philanthropies’ U.S. Reconciliation and Human Rights Executive and Ford Foundation Program Officer; and volunteer leadership with numerous organizations. Eric’s writings and speeches are widely quoted and credited with key narrative shifts in defense of inclusive democracy.

Kira Simon

Director of Curriculum and Training

ADL Education

Kira serves ADL EDU as the Director of Curriculum and Training. As a content writer, Kira designs training materials and learning experiences to promote an anti-bias mindset among educators and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate in schools. Based upon the presumption that bias is universal and constructed, ADL EDU’s training materials and programs support participants’ pursuit of inclusion and equity in their classrooms and professional relationships. Previously, Kira held the position of Assistant Education Director for the New York/New Jersey region since August, 2017, delivering A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute programs at K-12 schools and on college campuses across New York and New Jersey, and designing professional development experiences on best practices for promoting inclusive learning environments for marginalized student groups of New York and New Jersey. Prior to working at ADL, Kira taught elementary school for six years in both Colorado and New York. Kira also designed curriculum across academic disciplines that empowers teachers and students to keep social justice at the forefront of a meaningful educational experience. Kira earned her undergraduate degree in Art History from Union College and holds a Masters of Education from The City College of New York. 

Dimitry Anselme

Executive Program Director for Professional Learning and Support

Facing History and Ourselves

Dimitry Anselme is the Executive Program Director at Facing History and Ourselves. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the coherence of all program delivery activities, and managing the intersection between content production and program staff development. He joined Facing History and Ourselves in 1999 as a program associate, after having served on the Teacher Leadership Network for the New England office. In 2004, Mr. Anselme briefly left the organization to become the High School Principal at the Academy of the Pacific Rim, a high-performing public charter high school in the Boston area. He returned to Facing History in 2007. Prior to joining the staff in 1999, Dimitry was a high school History teacher. He taught World and American History in public schools in Worcester and in Brookline Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Clark University and holds a Master in Administration and Social Policy Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Anselme was born in Haiti and grew up in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo).



March 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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