Featured Speaker - MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Teaching While White: White Identity in Teaching and Learning
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Racial and Ethnic Identities: Developmental Models, Frameworks, Approaches
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Jenna Chandler-Ward, Co-Director, Teaching While White
Over 80% of educators are white, yet when we talk about race in education, rarely does the discussion include how whiteness impacts the how and what of what we teach, as well as how whiteness influences expectations, school culture and "norms". Designed for white teachers, this workshop will explore what it means to be white and why exposing this is essential in order to critically analyze curriculum, teaching methods, policies, and procedures. By looking closely at the stages of white racial identity development, we will uncover how stereotypes influence everyone, and how we can be more conscious of our own biases in the classroom to ensure that we are effective teachers for all students. This workshop will connect theory to practice and offer tools for both personal exploration as well as resources in creating a more equitable campus.
When white educators are better able to understand how whiteness impacts teaching and learning, they become more racially literate and can then model and lead discussions with greater skill and care, as well as be better educators for students of color.
Participants will understand that whiteness is not incidental to who they are as educators.
Participants will begin to uncover some of their earliest messages about race and track how they impact their interactions in school.
Participants will understand the importance of teacher expectations and how they can fluctuate based on racial stereotypes.
Participants will explore hidden norms and implicit curriculum.
Participants will understand the necessity for ongoing personal racial inquiry.
Jenna Chandler Ward
has been an educator in non-profits, schools, and colleges for over 20 years, including teaching kindergarten through college on both coasts. Jenna is also a founder and co-director of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and a conference for teachers on issues of equity and inclusion, as is also the Co-Founder of Teaching While White, a podcast and blog series. Jenna is currently a diversity consultant living in Cambridge MA with her two teenaged kids.
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