MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Student Centered Learning as Catalyst for Authentic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work in School Communities
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Carissa Casey, Program Specialist, SpeakUp!
Katie Culver, Academic Coordinator, Steppingstone Scholars
What would a truly inclusive community look like? We often get “stuck” measuring success through means that fuel and perpetuate systems of dominance. Many schools are recognizing the need to incorporate multicultural education in a quest to celebrate differences and create equitable learning opportunities for all students. While many schools initiate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) programming, often the approach is more “add on” than truly authentic work. Instead, we need to investigate how to dismantle inequitable power structures, question the status quo, and listen to the voices of those who are most apt to be overlooked. Student-Centered Deeper Learning (SCDL) is an approach that challenges the current paradigm of education, cultivating an environment where true DEI work can thrive. This approach incorporates and requires the teacher and student to co-learn multiple perspectives and stories as part of the curriculum. Educators will recognize and better understand how to use SCDL practices to ensure authentic DEI work through this session.
is an advocate and leader for student-centered experiences that promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. She is a passionate educator interested in continuously learning and co-creating with others. Currently, she works at SpeakUp!, an organization dedicated to partnering with 35+ schools to help students, parenting adults, and educators to have courageous conversations around topics youth say are tough to talk about. Previously, she worked in independent schools leading educators in student support services and as a trained SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) leader. She has presented at several DEI conferences with a focus on student-centered pedagogy as a platform for DEI work.
is the Academic Coordinator at Steppingstone Scholars, a high school and college pipeline program. She has taught Race and Diversity classes at Temple University in the College of Education since 2010. Katie was part of the initial team that founded the Philadelphia Learning Collaborative, a network of schools committed to Student Centered Deeper Learning which encompasses non-traditional teaching and learning as well as alternative assessments.
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