Our work in schools is fundamentally relational. The ways we treat each other create an environment that is either empowering and connecting, or marginalizing and oppressive.
This series will focus on anti-racism within school-based relationships: how we treat each other in unmonitored social spaces, the words we say to each other, and the ways we resolve our conflicts. Through activities, case studies, and discussion, we will discuss what harms and what heals educational relationships.
January 27, March 17 & April 28, 2021
$60 each; $165 for full series
1.5 Professional Learning Hours Each
Webinar 1 – Recognizing and Addressing Harmful Language
January 27, 2021 with Rachel Logan, M.Ed.
Language is powerful and, especially if our circles are small and we spend time in primarily homogeneous groups, we might have a hard time recognizing harmful language. Together we will identify some phrases we should stop using, examine some swaps we might try instead, and collaborate on ways to be more inclusive and expansive with the language we choose to use.
Webinar 2 – Responding to Racist Flare-ups on Social Media
March 17, 2021 with Marceline DuBose, Ed.M.
Have you encountered instances of students posting racist content on social media? School communities might feel that these incidents and the solutions are out of their control. However, we actually have quite a bit of leverage, and both the incident trajectory and response by schools, students, and the broader community are predictable. Through case studies and group discussion, this session will provide educators with an array of approaches to address racism that occurs on social media.
Webinar 3 – Racial and Restorative Justice: Considerations for Circle Keepers in Schools
April 28, 2021 with Ann Hite, M.Ed.
In order to fully honor the Indigenous origins of Restorative Justice (RJ), practitioners must focus on balancing the interpersonal work of strengthening community and repairing relationships with the pursuit of systems change. We cannot forget that the struggle for racial justice is inherent in the practice of RJ. This webinar will focus on how Circle keepers can carry this mindset at the forefront of their daily work in schools and communities.
Rachel Logan M.Ed., is an Equity and Inclusion Consultant at Sourcewell, serving mostly rural school districts in Central Minnesota. Previous to her consultant role, Rachel was a classroom teacher who worked with students K-12 in a variety of settings both nationally and internationally.
Marceline DuBose, Ed.M., has more than 20 years of experience in public education in a wide variety of teaching and leadership roles. Her primary focus is creating more equitable schools and classrooms. Marceline also provides professional development to thousands of school professionals each year.
Ann Hite, M.Ed., worked in middle level public education for 32 years, first as a classroom teacher and then on a behavior team as a Circle keeper. She also has experience as a peer coach and facilitator of professional development for educators.