Good afternoon, friends. In this era of increased rancor in our schools, our communities, and in our halls of government, it remains vital that we as social studies educators continue to work to create an environment that allows students to engage with their learning. But this engagement should also allow space for students to feel comfortable with critical conversations around topics of relevance and importance. We are social studies teachers, and while we might seek to ensure that our students do not have a sense of our own politics and attitudes, we do have a responsibility to ensure that our classrooms allow them to engage intelligently and honestly and fairly with current and controversial issues connected to what they are learning and what they are shaped by.
For those teachers who might be in Florida, Teaching Tolerance is hosting a Saturday workshop on February 9th on how to facilitate the kinds of conversations that truly relate to student life and learning.
This interactive workshop will help teachers explore strategies for facilitating critical conversations with students and colleagues. Participants will engage in personal reflection and examine some common beliefs and biases that can affect their ability to engage in productive conversations. They will learn strategies for creating supportive learning environments that encourage risk-taking during critical conversations. Finally, they’ll investigate methods of teaching about implicit bias, race and other critical topics.
Participants will learn to:
• Identify strategies and resources to create a positive and respectful learning environment where critical conversations can take place.
• Reflect on personal assumptions and learned biases and recognize their impact on classroom practice.
• Develop skills and confidence for engaging in and facilitating conversations about race and other critical topics.
This workshop is open only to educators. Participants may include:
• Current K–12 teachers, administrators and counselors.
• Pre-service teachers.
• Educators who teach or coach K–12 teachers, administrators and counselors.
• Morning coffee, lunch, and all materials are provided.
• Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.
• The program starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m.
• If possible, bring an electronic device (smart phone, tablet, laptop) that can access Wi-Fi.
• Space is limited. You must purchase a ticket on this website to reserve your seat!
• The registration fee covers materials and meals and must be paid by credit card. Unfortunately, we cannot process checks, purchase orders or cash payments.
• Teaching Tolerance will issue certificates of completion for participants who attend the full workshop.
Teaching Tolerance is one of the best organizations for both professional development and necessary curriculum, and we highly encourage you to check out what they offer.