KEYNOTE ~ MK Asante, ADVIS school Alum, Filmmaker and Author of BUCK: A Memoir
MK Asante, bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip hop artist, and professor, who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force,” will read from his acclaimed memoir Buck, and use this as a basis for further exploration of the subtle and complex ways that race works in our schools and communities.
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM ~ Engaging the Racial Elephant: How Leadership on Racial Literacy Improves Schools
When it comes to diversity work in independent schools — especially regarding race — the research makes it clear that there is one very large and rather noisy elephant in most independent schools. It’s stepping on just about everyone’s toes and trumpeting loudly for attention. And if not acknowledged and addressed, it will keep schools from fulfilling not only their diversity missions but also their overall missions — especially regarding excellence as 21st-century schools.
Join us as Sherry Coleman and Howard Stevenson share their research and experience working with students, families, and school leaders of color, and reflect on what being a person of color looks like in our independent schools. Research on the relationship between racial literacy and teaching and learning is scarce but it has rarely been studied in independent schools. This workshop will focus on two core aspects of racial literacy for teachers--racial stress and assertiveness. We will discuss recent research linking racial stress and assertiveness with school belonging, classroom management and teaching confidence. The implications for educational leaders include building safer climates and addressing racial tension in collegial and student relationships. Learn how racial stress undermines student achievement, and how the unacknowledged silence about racial disparities makes true advancement in diversity work impossible. Explore workable strategies for school leaders to employ to improve racial literacy skills to read, recast, and resolve racially stressful encounters when they happen.
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM ~ BREAK
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ~ KEYNOTE ADDRESS by MK Asante, Filmmaker and Author of Buck
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ~ LUNCH with facilitated small group discussions