In spring of 2019, we hosted Valeria Brown, Professional Development Manager at Teaching Tolerance (although you may also know her from Leaning Forward, the CTQ blog, or Twitter @ValeriaBrownEdu, where she founded #ClearTheAir).
On April 22, 2019, she facilitated Teaching Tolerance's Social Justice 101 full day workshop at Penn State, which explored how identity and culture influence educators and what schools can do to affirm identity, celebrate diversity, teach justice and inspire action among students. We learned the value of understanding our own positionality before doing this work, and that social justice education goes beyond instruction and classroom culture to included family & community engagement as well as teaching leadership. Val Brown illustrated how to add the following perspectives to any topic/unit/lesson: identity, diversity, justice, & action. We also explored different strategies to speak up against bias and encourage others to do the same.
Here's our twitter thread on the entire workshop. You can also join the conversation at #CECRBrownSeries.