Discover a set of critical practices for anti-bias, social justice education to help enhance teaching and learning. Understand 20 critical practices, which are organized into four categories: instruction, classroom culture, family and community engagement and teacher leadership. Hear specific examples of strategies and suggestions for schoolwide implementation.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
- Discuss intergroup awareness, understanding and skills.
- Create school environments that reflect diversity, equity and justice.
- Engage families and communities in meaningful and culturally competent ways.
- Implement an anti-bias curriculum as part of larger individual, school and community action.
- Use instructional strategies supporting diverse learning styles and allow for the development of critical thinking skills
Sara Wicht is an educational consultant with more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education. Her work in social justice and anti-bias education includes expertise in instructional practice, teacher mentoring, professional development, curriculum design and educational publishing. As the senior manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Wicht led content development on the award-winning viewer’s guide to “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot” and Perspectives for a Diverse America, a K-12, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as the publications “Beyond the Bus” and “Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students.” She is a contributing writer on Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards, Code of Conduct: A Guide to Responsive Discipline, Civil Rights Done Right and Teaching Tolerance’s The March Continues: Five Essential Practices for Teaching the Movement. Additional Teaching Tolerance blog entries authored by Wicht can be found here. Since 2012, Wicht has facilitated professional development on anti-bias education at national conference events hosted by the National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Social Studies, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, National Association of Multicultural Educators, Association of Middle Level Educators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American School Counselor Association, Human Rights Campaign and the National Coalition on School Diversity. Most recently, she provided in-person professional development for Global Islam and Arts Teacher Fellows through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and for Chicago-area educators at the IL Holocaust Museum and Education Center on “Confronting Bias and Facilitating Difficult Conversations.” Wicht’s master’s thesis, How does the explicit instruction of a multiple lens through literature affect reader response to text? (2007), was awarded the Beulah Benton Tatum award for research in multicultural issues, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Adam Solomon Award for Excellence from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, N.Y.
March 21, 2017, 4 p.m. Eastern