Summer Professional Development

TALKING ABOUT RACISM IN THE CLASSROOM

Opportunity for Canadian Educators

**Please note that due to overwhelming demand all sessions are currently full.  To be added to the waitlist please fill out the form here. We will give priority to high school teachers.

We recognize that elementary school teachers are seeking this kind of support as well and are exploring the possibility of creating new sessions specifically for you. Please fill out the waitlist form and we will do our best to get back to you over the summer.

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In these challenging times, high school students may have many questions about race and racial injustice in Canada and the US, and as teachers, students may turn to you for context and perspective. What will you say and how can you support them? Perhaps you have the same questions? Where do you start?

The Global Centre for Pluralism, in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, is offering two-hour virtual professional development sessions for Canadian high school teachers on how to have conversations about race in the classroom. Facilitated by inclusion and anti-racism consultant, Destine Lord, this dialogue-based small group session will provide educators with the key definitions and racial concepts necessary to get these conversations started.

Together, participants will discuss how to create brave spaces, which invite student engagement. Participants will walk away with techniques that help them listen with intent, validate emotion, model empathy and challenge students to question their own bias and assumptions. Leaning into discomfort, with openness and humility, is one of the most important things that a teacher can model for their students. The goal is not to make participants experts in race relations but to provide the tools to facilitate challenging conversations that hold space for emotions. Additional resources will be provided at the end of the session.

There are limited spots available, with a maximum of 15 participants per session. These 2-hour sessions will be available at the beginning of July and the last two weeks of August.

These sessions are free.

If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected].

Below are two resources based on Destine’s presentation. We will be continuously updating the list of resources.