Greens Farms Academy

An Independent Co-Ed Day School For Grades PreK-12

Institute for teaching diversity and social justice.
Dates: June 17-21, 2019 (Five-Day Institute)
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Greens Farms Academy

35 Beachside Ave, Westport, CT 06838

Facilitators: Shanelle henry, Dr. Khyati Joshi, and Sara Wicht

The Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice is an experiential summer professional development program for educators and other individuals interested in building more inclusive and affirming classrooms through exploration and development of strategies and skills to effectively navigate diversity issues in independent schools.

The Institute is facilitated by Shanelle Henry, Director of Equity and Inclusion at Greens Farms Academy; Dr. Khyati Joshi, Associate Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and Sara Wicht, educational consultant and former senior manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center).

The Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice is designed to support educators of all types in their development of racial proficiency, culturally aware pedagogy and intersectionality – the theory of how different types of social identity and discrimination interact. Participants will also gain hands-on experience using the Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework® to explore how to infuse the examination of identity, diversity, justice and action into teaching and learning.

All attendees will leave with research-based tools and practically-useful resources to increase their capacity to implement anti-bias curriculum and strategies for making their schools and classrooms more just, equitable and safe. Therefore, it is recommended that each school send a cohort/team of individuals who can and will work together to improve their school's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Questions? Please contact: shenry@gfacademy.org

Schedule

Day 1

8:30am

Arrival/Check-in
On-site Registration
Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Welcome and Introductions

Overview of Multicultural Education, Anti-Bias Education, and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)

Cultural Lenses

Critical Incident Timeline

Matrix of Oppression

4:00pm

CLOSE

Day 2

8:30am

Arrival/Check-in

Continental Breakfast

9:00am

History of Diversity, Inclusion and Exclusion in the U.S.:  Interactive Activity

Film Screening

Cycle of Socialization

4:00pm

CLOSE

4:30pm-6:00pm

Networking Social

Day 3

8:30am

Arrival/Check-in/Registration

Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Racial Identity Development

Confronting Microaggressions and Implicit Bias in the Classroom

Reflective and Courageous Conversations

4:00pm

CLOSE

Day 4

8:30am

Arrival/Check-in/Registration

Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework®

Sara Wicht (educational consultant and former senior manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center), will lead us through an exploration of the first-of-its-kind Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework®. Sara will share language and tools to infuse anti-bias attitudes and beliefs into academic content and school policy, and explore how to infuse the examination of identity, diversity, justice and action into teaching and learning as well as how explicit anti-bias education bridges the goals of prejudice reduction and collective action.

4:00pm

CLOSE

4:30pm-6:00pm

Networking Social w/ Sara Wicht

Day 5

8:30am

Arrival/Check-in/Registration

Continental Breakfast

9:00am

Anti-Bias Education and Curriculum Development

-      Developing an Action/Curriculum Plan

-      Curriculum Material and Resources

-      Strategies for connecting culturally responsive teaching methods to students’ academic and social achievement

4:00pm

END


 

From Former Participants:

"I attended the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice and found it to be a transformative experience.  It was incredibly helpful to be able to come together with other educators who are in different places regarding their growing understanding of structural racism, implicit bias and identity development. The facilitators were able to create a space that was safe yet uncomfortable, where we could learn collectively and grow individually. I gained a deeper understanding of the universal harm caused by institutional racism, implicit bias, white superiority and the inferiority that people of color invariably develop because of their lived experience in a society that systematically, and often unconsciously, oppresses. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to be a better human to attend. If you are an educator it should be mandatory."

"The Institute was illuminating with respect to the historical conditions which have created the all-too-apparent social, political, racial, and ethnic inequities we are now all dealing with in 21st-century America — and in 21st-century American classrooms. As Institute participants, we spent our time engaging in highly effective, focused activities, sharing stories, and brainstorming strategies for activist teaching. I would recommend the Institute for anyone working in education today."

Registration

Facilitators

Shanelle Henry

Shanelle Henry

Shanelle Henry is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Greens Farms Academy, a PreK–12 co-ed, independent school in Westport, CT (Fairfield County). She works with students, faculty, administrators, parents and board members to provide strategic leadership in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the school community. She received her Bachelor of Education degree from Smith College (Northampton, MA) and master’s degree in Social Justice and Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Shanelle has designed and facilitated a wide range of leadership, diversity and social justice trainings for schools, colleges and universities, in addition to corporations, community and government agencies. Shanelle is a member of the CAIS Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools, and a contributor to the revised edition of the book Reel Diversity, by Brian C. Johnson (Peter Lang, 2015), an instructional resource guide for educators seeking to integrate film into their curriculum content about diversity and social justice. Reel Diversity invites cross-cultural dialogue about films’ mixed messages and how they enforce and reinforce stereotypes and cultural values.

Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi 

Khyati Joshi

Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi is an Associate Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to joining the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson, Dr. Joshi was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University, where she taught Asian American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies. She also taught in the American Studies program at Princeton University. Dr. Joshi is the author of the book New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (Rutgers University Press, 2006), which was awarded the National Association for Multicultural Education’s 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award. She is also a co-editor for the 3rd edition of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge, 2016), in which she has co-authored chapters on Racism and Religion Oppression. Her forthcoming book examines the intersections of race and religion in U.S. history and contemporary social culture. In 2012, Dr. Joshi was invited to present her research on Hindu American Communities at the White House in Washington, D.C. Dr. Joshi has also presented her research before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Dr. Joshi provides consultation and professional development for educational institutions throughout the United States on topics related to immigrants in schools, race in education, and religion and public schools. Dr. Joshi earned her doctorate in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She received a Masters in Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a B.A. in Religion from Emory University. She also pursued post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and participated in the Summer Seminar for Educators at Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, in Israel.

Sara Wicht

Sara Wicht

Sara Wicht has over 20 years of experience in K–12 education. Her work in social justice and anti-bias education includes expertise in instructional practice, teacher mentoring, professional development, curriculum design and educational publishing in the United States and Brazil. Wicht holds an Ma.ED in Language and Literacy, a B.A. in English and certification in secondary education from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.

As the senior manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Wicht led content development on the award-winning viewer’s guide to Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot and Teaching Tolerance Curriculum, as well as the publications Beyond the Bus and Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students. She is a contributing writer on Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice StandardsCode of Conduct: A Guide to Responsive DisciplineCivil Rights Done Right and Teaching Tolerance’s The March Continues: Five Essential Practices for Teaching the Movement

Since 2012, Wicht has facilitated professional development on anti-bias education at national conference events hosted by the National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Social Studies, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, National Association of Multicultural Educators, Association of Middle Level Educators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American School Counselor Association, Human Rights Campaign and the National Coalition on School Diversity. Recently, she provided in-person professional development for Global Islam and Arts Teacher Fellows through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for Chicago-area educators at the IL Holocaust Museum and Education Center on “Confronting Bias and Facilitating Difficult Conversations,” and developed content for the America Divided Viewer's Guide and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Wicht’s master’s thesis: "How does the explicit instruction of a multiple lens through literature affect reader response to text?" (2007) was awarded the Beulah Benton Tatum award for research in multicultural issues, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Adam Solomon Award for Excellence from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, NY.  Wicht resides in Minneapolis, MN. 

Registration Costs

Early Registration until Feb. 15, 2019: $650
Regular Registration Feb. 16–May 15, 2019: $700
Late Registration May 16–June 21 , 2019: $750

Suggested Hotel

The Westport Inn
1595 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880
(203) 557-8124
GFA Room Rate: $189/night