MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Developing a Multi-Modal, Differentiated Course on Race and Society
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Racial and Ethnic Identities: Developmental Models, Frameworks, Approaches
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Nic James, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Delaware Valley Friends School
The purpose of this workshop is to share methods and approaches for creating a learning environment where the difficult topic and content of race and racism can become more accessible and meaningful for students who learn differently. The goal is to present research methods and best practices, including differentiation and assessment strategies, classroom environment design, various learning modalities, and technology tools, that have supported successfully implementing a "Race and Society" course that is accessible, tangible, validating, and appropriate for upper school students with LDs. This multi-modal course operates as a courageous space that is discernible and relatable for students managing their specific learning disability and is designed to cultivate and develop student literacy and competence and to demonstrate an understanding of and facility with the topic of race in our ever-evolving and ever-changing society.
Amplifying what our students are capable of beyond the walls of our institutions must include a focus on cultural competence: the ability to understand and interact with people who may share different worldviews, cultural practices, and experiences. The exploration and implementation of a learning environment, where the difficult topic and content of race and racism can become more accessible to students, particularly those who already struggle with processing information and demonstrating understanding, will only support such competence.
The hope is for attendees to leave the workshop more aware of curriculum content ideas for a course focused on race and society and to engage teaching and instructional practices ranging from differentiation and assessment strategies and classroom environment design to various learning modalities and technology tools to successfully engage students who learn differently and to create multi-faceted learning opportunities for students on the topic of race.
serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, PA. Nic began his career teaching English and Social Studies and serving as a diversity coordinator before entering the realm of school leadership in several independent schools in the Philadelphia area. He has developed curriculum and written about diverse topics, including school leadership, race, and hip-hop culture.
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