Featuring Tricia Ebarvia, Co-Founder of #DisruptTexts
"Critically intervene in a way that challenges and changes."
Our BIG Question:
How can we move forward with hope and purpose in our work to nurture just and inclusive classrooms?
The last few years have challenged teachers in ways some of us never imagined. While the pandemic may have challenged schools to make unexpected logistical shifts for health and safety reasons, many educators and communities have also been challenged to unlearn and relearn their own understanding of racial and social justice.
While many of us understand the critical role that schools play in shaping students’ ethical and social consciousness, we also know that this work is easier said than done. Even as many educators strive to do better, resistance and pushback, both inside and outside of schools, has made teaching for social justice more difficult. Given these challenges, it’s easy to become disheartened and discouraged.
And yet it is precisely now, in spite of these challenges, when creating truly inclusive spaces for all students is more important than ever.
During this two-day workshop, join other educators as we:
- Reflect on how recent challenges have transformed teaching and learning
- Examine how systemic problems in schools can be opportunities for positive change
- Define the conditions for authentic, inclusive, and justice-centered classrooms
- Identify our own roles and responsibilities as educators in creating inclusive classrooms
- Assess and audit our current curriculum and instructional practices through an anti-bias lens
- Develop strategies for creating an engaging, culturally relevant classroom space that nurtures a sense of belonging for all students
These sessions will be organized around three themes:
- Here and Now
- Identify current challenges and opportunities in our local contexts
- Imagine and define liberatory, justice-centered classrooms
- Critical Self-Reflection
- Examining the role of bias in instructional decision-making
- Understand how diverse student and teacher identities impact teaching and learning
- Justice-centered Lesson Design
- Learn how to create a more meaningful, inclusive start to the school year
- Identify and apply culturally relevant teaching practices throughout the year
- Learn how to facilitate conversations about difficult topics in the classroom
- Integrate social justice standards in any lesson
- Create inquiry-focused unit design that is inclusive and engaging for all students and student identities
Join Tricia for this 3-hour deep dive over 2-days as she explores these topics in greater depth. While this workshop will be particularly valuable for humanities teachers, educators of all subject areas as well as administrators and coaches, will learn how to apply this learning to their unique contexts.
About Our Presenter:
About Tricia Ebarvia
A co-founder of #DisruptTexts, Tricia Ebarvia advocates for literacy instruction rooted in equity and liberation through critical literacy. An educator with 20 years of experience, she is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at an independent school in Philadelphia. Previously, she taught and served as department chairperson at a large public high school. Tricia serves on the advisory board for the West Chester Writing Project (NWP) as well as the Center for Antiracist Education (CARE). Tricia’s work has been featured in various publications, including NCTE’s English Journal and the New York Times. A 2016-2018 Heinemann Fellow, Tricia is the author of a forthcoming professional book on anti-bias literacy instruction. Follow her @triciaebarvia and at triciaebarvia.org.
Register for this conversation to begin (or deepen) the shifts to equity and belonging in the classroom! If you can’t attend live, we will send registrants a recording link.
Join us: August 11 and 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm