"Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority: "D's Will Do. Why Do We Expect So Little of Black Students?" (3 hrs.)

This session will calculate the achievement of the "American Dream," and why black students are still ranked at the bottom of almost every "good" list.

Goal(s) of Session:

  • Collaborate to formulate a common definition of equity in education and examine its historical perspective
  • Explore the impact their own cultural lens (racial, socio- economic etc.) may have on interpreting and evaluating students’ behavior and academic performance
  • Learn the principles and practices of culturally responsive teaching and how to create environments that feel safe for dependent learners to take risks and expand their intellectual capacity

Objective(s) of Session:

  • We will examine answers that are intricately linked beneath the surface of America's history and consciousness. We cannot cure the symptoms without acknowledging the disease.
  • We will analyze the historical and subconscious perpetuation of the myth of black inferiority and work collaboratively to reverse its effects.

“Power Teachers in Achievement and Inequality”

This session will help the participants think about the way they think about the distribution of teachers in underserved school populations.

Goal(s) of Session:

  • Collaborate to formulate a common definition of equity in education and examine its historical perspective
  • Explore the impact their own cultural lens (racial, socio- economic etc.) may have on interpreting and evaluating students’ behavior and academic performance
  • Learn the principles and practices of culturally responsive teaching and how to create environments that feel safe for dependent learners to take risks and expand their intellectual capacity

Objectives of Session:

  • We will seek to explain patterns and discuss their implications for gaps, and the estimation of teacher value-added.

“The Comfort of Home: Fighting Bias in New Places" - What Instructional Leaders Leverage to close Opportunity Gaps 

Teachers who voluntarily choose to pursue this training and explore this issue on their own can also generate interest among their colleagues, leading to more conversations and awareness. Accumulated research evidence indicates that implicit bias powerfully explains the persistence of many societal inequities, not just in education but also in other domains, such as criminal justice, healthcare, and employment.

Goal(s) of Session:

  • Collaborate to formulate a common definition of equity in education and examine its historical perspective
  • Explore the impact their own cultural lens (racial, socio- economic etc.) may have on interpreting and evaluating students’ behavior and academic performance
  • Learn the principles and practices of culturally responsive teaching and how to create environments that feel safe for dependent learners to take risks and expand their intellectual capacity

Objectives of Session:

  • After introducing the concept and the science undergirding it, we will turn our focus on its implications for educators and suggest ways to mitigate its effects.
  • In education, the real-life implications of implicit biases can create invisible barriers to opportunity and achievement for some students. 

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