Subscribers, join our monthly webinars where we share equity-focused content and nurture a community of practice!
Webinars take place the third Thursday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm CDT.
Here are some of our upcoming webinars:
October 15, 2020: Considerations for Recognizing and Learning about Holidays in School
As we approach Halloween this year, many of us are thinking about how to celebrate this year in the face of the pandemic. For school leaders and teachers, recognition of holidays and school-based celebrations can feel challenging even without the added pressures of the pandemic. In this webinar, we will explore how and why we recognize major holidays, including religious holidays, in school.
We will discuss key questions about why we celebrate, how we recognize holidays, and how we ensure that we create inclusive learning environments for each and every student.
With a focus on local context, we will discuss how the recognition of holidays and cultural celebrations can create a deeper sense of belonging for all students. As you think about your school or district, it is important to consider how you will share your goals with students and families. What concerns should you be prepared to respond to? How will you share your message? The discussion will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.
November 2020: Deepening Belongingness in Schools: Heritage Months and Multicultural Celebrations – Honoring or Tokenism?
In this webinar, we will engage in a deepened conversation about the ways in which culture, race and religion show up in classrooms and schools through heritage months, multicultural celebrations and religious observances. Using a cultural proficiency continuum, we will look at where different types of events fall, promise and pitfalls, and ways to deepen true belongingness in schools.
Topics to consider include:
- What is the purpose of heritage months and in what ways do they support and in what ways might they
marginalize people of color?
- Multicultural days, positive celebration or tokenization, it’s complicated (Fun but not sufficient)
- What is cultural appropriation and how do we figure out what is appropriate?
- Understanding the complexities of lost histories and our curriculum
- Going beyond the histories of trauma, deep experiences of affirming the lives of people of color
Join us to begin or deepen a conversation about how we make places for race, religion and culture in schools. This webinar will include a 15-minute breakout room discussion.