MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Second Sight and the Development of Critical Thinking and Community Building Skills in the Current Political Climate
Advanced: Supports learning needs and objectives of experienced equity practitioners, change agents
Organizational Development & Institutional Change for Equity and Inclusion
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
John Daves, Upper School Principal, Carolina Day School
Second sight is a term W.E.B. Du Bois used in 1903 in an essay entitled "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" to explain how black people learned to see themselves through the eyes of white society to survive during slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation and to achieve social mobility. Almost all of our most gifted teachers also possess the ability to see themselves and their discipline through their students’ eyes. Through their use of backward design strategies, these educators know how to arrange curricula to cover material with students and become students in their own classes by studying their students uncovering the content for themselves. Nonetheless, schools do not often recognize the value of the intersection of racial and academic second sight. This workshop will present how awareness of second sight principles will help address DEI challenges in the current political climate.
This workshop focuses on how developing second sight awareness habits of mind will:
Help schools communicate using their own point of view, coordinate information, collaborate within and across racial and class divides, and creatively reflect on seeing themselves from various perspectives
Help white faculty and students understand their own white identity development
Help adults in your school understand the value of racial second sight in meeting students where they are as learners in and outside of the classroom
Help senior administrative teams turn a diversity crisis, or on-going challenges, into diversity, equity and inclusion community building
Dr. John Daves'
adoption by a family of educators dating back to before the Civil War inspired him to use social justice literacy for institutional change within independent schools. During his twenty year career as a teacher and senior administrator, John utilized his role as a senior administrator to move conversations forward about situating social justice principles in private schools.
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