A series comprised of webinars, workshop days, and graduate course option that provides a coherent and coordinated effort to reduce inequity in Vermont schools.
Target Audience: Education leaders and educators, PreK-16, as well as those working for organizations striving to support VT children, youth, and families.
Building on the equity literacy framework, this series will prepare educators, educational leaders, and equity specialists to cultivate equitable and just learning environments. We will move beyond individual awareness, cultural competence, and diversity appreciation to focus on strategies that result in deep and sustainable equity change. What does equity look like at an institutional level? What specific changes in policy, practice, and leadership ensure deeper levels of equity transformation? How do we organize for change, despite resistance? We will grapple with these questions and more to become more formidable threats to the existence of inequity in our spheres of influence.
Three free, on-demand, approximately 60-minute webinars that provide foundational learning in equity literacy.
Webinar #1: Introduction to Equity Literacy for Educators, with Paul Gorski
Paul shares the basic components of the equity literacy framework and takes participants through a few brief exercises to help strengthen their equity lenses.
Webinar #2: Exploring the Principles of Equity Literacy, with Paul Gorski and Katy Swalwell
Katy and Paul discuss the principles of equity literacy that should guide equity work in schools, as well as point out common equity detours to avoid.
Webinar #3: Applying an Equity Lens to Popular School Initiatives, with Paul Gorski & Marceline DuBose
Marceline and Paul demonstrate how to apply the principles of equity literacy to popular school initiatives such as PBIS, restorative practices, and SEL. Their conversation highlights the dangers of implementing these sorts of initiatives without an equity lens, as well as the power of implementing them with an equity lens.
The workshops can be taken individually or as a set. Each has a topic focus and will build on our understanding of the equity literacy framework.
Workshop #1: Turning the Mirror on Ourselves: Equitably Connecting with and Serving Refugee Students and Families (10/16/19)
Workshop #2: Girls, Women, and the Persistence of Gender Oppression in Schools (11/19/19)
Workshop #3: Ridding Schools of Racism: From Equity Optics to Equity Action (3/24/20)
Workshop #4: An Economic Justice Approach to Eliminating Socioeconomic Inequities in Schools, (4/15/20)
Educating for Equity: A 3-credit graduate course, facilitated by Paul Gorski
In this course, built around the set of webinars and day-long in-person workshops led by the Equity Literacy Institute, participants will strengthen their ability to create and sustain equitable schools and school systems. Lessons will focus on: cultivating deep understandings of equity and inequity; how these concepts operate in classrooms and schools; and learning how to advocate for and achieve equitable change. In addition to viewing the webinars and attending the in-person workshops, learners will discuss shared readings through an online platform. Participants will also create a project, tailored to their particular spheres of influence, that will support transformative visions in their work toward equity. These aspects of the course will be asynchronous, allowing participants flexibility to participate on their own schedules. Course approval pending.
The VT-HEC Board of Directors has approved additional support for this series through our Mission Investment Fund, which enables us to provide the webinars for free and greatly lower the workshop and course costs. We value your participation; due to the low costs of this series, we are not able to provide refunds for cancellations.
October 16, November 19, 2019 &
March 24, April 15, 2020
* 8:30-3:00 *
DoubleTree Hilton ~ South Burlington, VT
$50/workshop; $575 for 3-credit graduate
course cost, pending credits with Castleton
For more information, contact Wendy Cohen: email@example.com