Webinar Series

Culturally Responsive Classrooms:

Strategies for Identifying & Eliminating Systemic Bias While Celebrating Student Diversity & Promoting Equity

Systemic bias and racism exist in many classrooms and schools today. Even if it isn’t immediately recognizable, bias and racism can impact learning, engagement, achievement, and students’ social and emotional well-being. Educators are able to implement change when they are equipped with the ability to recognize how racism and bias might surface in their interactions with students, families, and colleagues, and then take steps to learn from those practices, building more meaningful relationships along the way. In this webinar series, you’ll learn strategies to help recognize implicit bias and how to create learning environments that celebrate diversity, promote equity, and allow children to be themselves within a culturally responsive classroom.

Understanding Structural Racism and Its Impact on Students

Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 12:00pm EST (60 Minutes)

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Promoting Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 12:00pm EST (60 Minutes)

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Culturally Affirming Social-Emotional Learning Practices

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 12:00pm EST (60 Minutes)

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Understanding Structural Racism and Its Impact on Students

Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 12:00pm EST (60 Minutes)

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Racial inequities exist today as a result of structural, or systemic, racism that can impact teaching, learning experiences, and the development of positive relationships in schools. In this webinar, participants will build a common definition of racism and examine how racism and implicit bias can influence teachers’ expectations of students and their ability to build meaningful relationships and create inclusive classroom and school cultures.

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In this webinar, participants will:

  • Define key terms, including race, racism, systemic racism, and implicit/explicit bias
  • Explain ways that systemic racism is built into society, making it difficult to recognize
  • Identify ways in which biases create blind spots that impact the way people see and respond to others
  • Apply strategies to recognize implicit bias, build cultural competence, and promote equity in schools, classrooms, and districts

Promoting Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 12:00pm EST (60 Minutes)

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To close the engagement and achievement gaps for students from historically marginalized groups, responsive practices designed to advance equity in the classroom educators are more effective compared to instructional strategies that treat all students as if they were the same. When educators understand how systemic racism and implicit bias impact curricula and assessments, it allows them to develop culturally responsive lessons. This workshop is designed to engage participants in creating a space where they can build trust and communicate clearly with their colleagues while exploring strategies to stop or prevent practices that negatively impact students from different backgrounds.

Presenters

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Identify ways in which school leaders, teachers, and students might encourage inequity
  • Assess current practices and integrate strategies to encourage student voice and promote choice
  • Revise curricula and assessments to better reflect students’ diverse backgrounds, interests, and learning styles
  • Apply culturally responsive practices that consider student diversity and promote equity in the classroom

Culturally Affirming Social-Emotional Learning Practices

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 12:00pm EST (60 Minutes)

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Educators who understand that students should be nurtured holistically are more likely to create learning environments that support students’ social-emotional growth and promote success. Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) has gained traction in the U.S. educational landscape over the last decade, but some educators lack ongoing support to ensure the effectiveness of these initiatives. In this webinar, we’ll discuss why SEL practices must be rooted in equity, allowing students to celebrate who they are while cultivating meaningful relationships with others.

Presenters

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Examine the need for Social-Emotional Learning in their current school environment
  • Employ a cultural framework to leverage inclusive, culturally affirming SEL practices
  • Apply strategies to shift from SEL practices that discourage students from being themselves to those that celebrate diversity and promote equity