MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Upstream: Songs for Building Equitable, Just, and Loving Community in Preschool-3rd Grade Classrooms
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Round 1 only
Dwight Dunston (Sterling Duns), Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education, Friends Central School
Brian Caselli Jordan, Educator/Musician, The Philadelphia School/City Love
"Nip troubles in the bud; sow the great in the small. Big things of the world can only be tackled by attending to their small beginnings." - Lao Tzu. In order to build the world we need, we must head upstream and begin the work of equity and justice with our youngest learners. In this workshop we will share a participatory sequence of our songs and discuss using them to open up meaningful, developmentally appropriate dialogue and action in the classroom around racial justice, equity, identity, solidarity, self-love, and beloved community in the face of role models demonstrating the opposite. We will end by sharing our creative process and putting it to use in order to make a full group song! Come sing with us!
As professionals in the education and music worlds, we've seen the ways that music and creativity can plant a seed of change, help dream up new possibilities, and make complex ideas concrete and accessible. The responsibility of helping to nurture children in our schools and give them the tools and skills needed to change this beautiful, chaotic world they will inherit will require them to use their heads as well as their hearts. Our presentation really centers on music and creativity to foster change, belonging and solidarity in schools.
You will leave with key themes and narratives to map your year of DEI work with students, a toolbox of new songs to galvanize this work, and a clear sense of how to create songs with your students in a way that supports and deepens your identity, equity and inclusion work.
Brian Caselli Jordan
is an artist and educator who uses music to distill his studies and experiences into songs that can help foster broader awareness of, and cultivate dialogue and community around, the urgent social justice issues facing us today. He holds a B.S. in Italian and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Holistic Nutrition Educator certificate from Bauman College, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in early childhood education at Temple University. Caselli has performed around the world and recently won the PHL Live competition in the Jazz music category.
(aka Sterling Duns) is a West Philly based hip-hop artist, musician, educator, organizer, and Quaker. He holds a BA in English from Dickinson College and an MA in Poetry from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Sterling is the Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education at Friends' Central School and also serves on numerous boards throughout Philadelphia, in addition to speaking at colleges and conferences throughout the country.
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