MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Decolonizing the Elementary Curriculum. Bringing Identity, Activism, and Social Justice to the K-4 classrooms
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Social Justice, Activism & Allyship from the Classroom to the Community
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Francoise Thenoux, Lower School Spanish Teacher, Friends Select School
Elementary classrooms, and especially World Language classrooms, are uniquely suited to challenge and disrupt misconceptions, and stereotypes that lead to structural inequality and discrimination. Even so, there is a void of curricula and resources that implement DEI best practices, especially at an Elementary School level. There are instead a lot of resources that promote stereotypes, dehumanization of the speakers, and white-savior mindsets. This session discusses the development of an inclusive and equitable curriculum with a focus on social justice. Attendees will learn of Francoise's journey into the creation of interdisciplinary units that have encouraged her students to become critical thinkers, effective allies, and history inquirers. Students in her class not only have learned about art, geography, history, cultural and spiritual traditions of different Spanish speaking countries, but also about the root issues that have caused today's structural inequities. Through the exploration of topics such as identity, immigration, gender, racial and cultural stereotypes, and effective allyship, her students have worked towards awareness and understanding of their role as agents of social change in today's world. Attendees will leave with knowledge of best practices, inspiration, ideas, and practical tips on how to implement a more equitable, inclusive curriculum.
has been an ESL and Spanish educator for almost 20 years. She has an M. Ed in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. While working as an ESL teacher, she helped Latinx families understand the benefits of bilingualism via workshops and conferences. She is a proud Latina and an advocate for equitable, inclusive, social justice-oriented curriculum. Francoise shares her passion and resources with a wide community through social media as "The Woke Spanish Teacher."
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