Teacher Workshop: Examining Race and Discrimination

This spring, Densho is hitting the road with a new workshop for secondary teachers. Educators in Seattle, Spokane, New York, and Birmingham are invited to join us for a one day workshop on how to use oral histories to have conversations about race, racism, and discrimination in the classroom.

EXAMINING RACE & DISCRIMINATION: LEARNING FROM ORAL HISTORY TO BECOME AGENTS OF CHANGE TODAY

This one-day workshop addresses the question: How can oral histories be used to inform our thinking about racism and discrimination today?

Teachers will gain strategies, terminology, and frameworks to lead these important conversations in the classroom. Engaged learning techniques such as Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routines and Image Theater will be used to help teachers work with students to think critically about these topics. The workshop content connects Common Core Standards with social and emotional learning.

The workshop will center around stories of discrimination as told by Japanese American, Black, and Muslim people. Their stories will be framed within a larger historical and contemporary context in order to show how structural racism impacts individual lives.

Attendees will receive a $100 stipend. They will also come away with instructional activities, Thinking Routines, and a foundational understanding of how to lead conversations about racism and discrimination in the classroom. Professional development credit is available.

This workshop was developed in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience, Casa Latina, Council on American-Islamic Relations of Washington State, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, and the Holocaust Center for Humanity. This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program and the Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

Qualifications:  Middle school and high school educators who teach history, social studies, Language Arts (LA), English, ELA, or Special education (if this includes social studies and/or language arts) are eligible for participation.

*We encourage teachers to bring a buddy or a small cohort of other teachers so that you will have others to talk to as you work to incorporate these lessons into your classroom.

WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS

Seattle (FULL)
Saturday, March 25 from 9:00-3:30
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
(2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, Wash.)

Spokane Valley / Central Valley School District
Saturday, April 22 from 9:00-3:30
Spokane Valley Tech High
(115 S University Rd, South, Wash.)

Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, April 29 from 9:00-3:30
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
(520 Sixteenth Street North, Birmingham, Ala.)

New York 
Co-sponsored by Ascend Public Charter Schools
Saturday, May 6 from 10:00-4:30
New York City Charter School Center 
(111 Broadway, Suite 604, New York, NY)

Space is limited! Apply today!

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