Pain, Power, Honor: The Journey to Putting
We cannot, in good conscience or in good teaching, stand by and watch another generation be marginalized because we don’t take action.
Inaction is agreement.
Inaction is racism.
Inaction is injustice.
Inaction is inhumane.
Inaction is not an option.
Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success
Join us to explore Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success with Lauren Benfield and Erin Barry as facilitators. Throughout this book study, we will explore the ideas of honor, educating all students to be expert learners, how UDL and antiracism converge to build expressways of success, and how engagement, representation and action and expression provide us with an antiracism lens to educate all. Guiding questions will be sent to all participants prior to the start of the book study session in order to guide thinking and structure our time together.
Thursday, February 18, 2021: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chapters 1 & 2
Thursday, March 4, 2021: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chapters 3, 4, & 5
Thursday, March 18, 2021: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chapters 6 & 7
Thursday, April 8, 2021: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Chapters 8, 9, & 10
Wednesday, April 14, 2021: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Reflection with Andratesha Fritzgerald
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“Fritzgerald offers very practical suggestions for making inclusion, antiracism, and the acceptance of differences the first and most important step in lesson planning … This book gives me hope that in education we can begin to eliminate the violence of academic and social prejudice that kills the spirit of our babies and belittles the needs and experiences of people of color.” ~ From the Forward by Samaria Rice
“The work of antiracism is active, not passive. Antiracists are not born, nor can a teacher be made an antiracist. Each individual must choose to actively recognize racist barriers and do the work to tear them down”. (pg. 33)
“UDL offers a framework for customizing goals, methods, materials, and assessment that showcare the brilliance of every student, not just one “type” of learner” (Meyer, Rose, & Gordon, 2014; Novak, 2016) – (pg. 47)
The word antiracism carries with it a punch that demands attention. Sometimes the data points steal the attention, yet deeply hidden underneath the numbers and percentages are the underpinnings of systemic racism that perpetuate these outcomes by racial membership. This session will help teachers and leaders proactively name and eliminate barriers – academic, behavioral, social and emotional – to universally design educational experiences that build on the brilliance of every child.
This session will equip participants with tools to:
- Evaluate the current state of education in their educational institution.
- Identify the impact the code of power vs the code of honor on antiracist practice implementation
- Begin developing immediate and long term plans for creating universally designed and antiracist learning environments.