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Teaching for Racial Justice: Identity, Culture, and Pedagogy

Fall 2022 course for educators in all disciplines, PK-16 • 67.5 PDPs / 3 credits 

This course focuses on anti-racism and social justice education, emphasizing the four pillars  of social justice (identity, language, culture, equity). The course explicitly addresses privilege,  equity, and cultural responsiveness in the school’s content curriculum and social environment. 

It is important for educators to recognize the diversity and variability of students in their classrooms. It is equally important that they recognize and draw upon students’ cultural assets. This course is designed to address these issues through readings, class discussions, and social action. Participants will learn about the concept of implicit bias and how it affects our interactions with students and adults in the learning environment. Through personal narratives and reflections, participants will explore their own identities and recall and share their own journeys in the education system. They will use a cultural lens to critically examine the curriculum to work toward equity and inclusivity.

Participants will also learn strategies for designing and creating brave learning environments that embrace and support students’ cultural backgrounds and lived experiences, and that empower students to act for social justice, in school and the community. 

This course is an elective in the WMWP Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program but is open to all educators who are eager for reflection and challenge. 

Dates

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (including lunch break): September 10, October 1, October 22, November 12, December 3, and December 17, plus online conversations. 

Instructors

Momodou Sarr, WMWP Teacher-Consultant, Holocaust and Human Rights Seminar Co-facilitator

Kelly  Norris, WMWP Teacher-Consultant, English Department, Minnechaug Regional High School 

Texts

Readings will include Zaretta Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, a self-chosen book, and numerous videos and articles. 

Registration and Cost

Register online. The $400.00 fee is payable to WMWP by credit card, check, or school purchase order.  

Credit

67.5 PDPs at no additional charge or 3 graduate credits at $347.00, payable separately to UMass Amherst. Enrollment information provided after WMWP registration is received.