A series for educators on talking with students about race
2020 has been a year of uncertainty, change, and loss for many. Students have borne witness to our nation confronting its deeply rooted engagement with racism and systemic oppression while also experiencing upheaval from school and their communities.
As educators, how do we prepare to provide context to the loss of Black lives and protests happening across the country and the world? How do we engage youth in meaningful conversations that help them unpack systemic issues on a level they can comprehend? And where do we turn to in a sea of resources and determine what and how to share with students?
For the past 250 years, Britannica has re imagined how the world discovers and learns. Dedicated to promoting equity in education, Britannica, in partnership with Urban Word NYC, an organization promoting student voice and leadership, youth development and critical literacy, has developed the Critical Conversations online series. We will address current racial and systemic issues affecting today’s students, while equipping educators with resources needed to address these tough conversations.
This will be a 4-part series to support educators this fall, starting with a live panel conversation with educators and youth, followed by 3 webinars filled with practical tools for application in classrooms and schools.
Addressing Trauma in a COVID and Racial Justice-Centered World
As we re-enter the classroom, it is important to consider the toll that a pandemic and the mass awareness of systemic oppression and police brutality has had on our young people. Join us as we address the emotional and physical responses that our students may bring with them to learning spaces and how to address them effectively and appropriately.
Breaking Barriers: Navigating School Policy to Transform Classrooms
How do break the barriers to culturally responsive sustaining education practices on state-wide, city-wide, district-wide, and school building levels? This webinar will discuss ways for teachers AND administrators to implement as well as navigate resistance to the changes needed to make the classroom and school a place where all students are affirmed and see their identities reflected.
Poetry, Hip-hop, & Youth Voice: Using the Arts to Improve Classroom Engagement
Thursday 11/19 @ 3 PM CT
This is more than just playing a Tupac song in class. Join Urban Word NYC as they discuss techniques to infuse the arts into your lessons as a means to engage students in critical analysis and active discussions that lead to socio-emotional growth and self-awareness. Prepare to write; participants will be led through a sample Urban Word poetry workshop to open the webinar.
Critical Conversations: Discussing Race & Systemic Oppression with Children & Youth
View a recording of the panel below
This panel will explore critical questions and offer ways for educators to effectively lead and facilitate conversations on racism, systemic oppression, bias, and action.
- How can educators, as well as parents, address seemingly complex conversations about racism?
- Is a child too young to learn about race, racism, and the victims of violence by law enforcement officers?
- What complexities should educators consider when having these conversations in virtual environments?
- For students who have their own lived experiences, trauma, and triggers, how can educators facilitate safe spaces?
- What self-work practices and education should educators participate in before facilitating conversations with students?