Both workshops, focused on Anti-Racism issues were facilitated by Asia Goubourn from Catapult Learning. Amongst its many educational services, Catapult Learning provides educational programming to students and teachers each year and is “dedicated to providing education solutions that generate demonstrable academic achievement and better life outcomes for students, regardless of the learning obstacles or other challenges they face.”
Both workshops involved a combination of presentation and small group conversations.
Workshop Session 1: Promoting Anti-Racism Through Culturally Responsive Practices
In this session, participants will build on their knowledge from Understanding Structural Racism and Recognizing Implicit Bias, and Striving for Cultural Competency to further understand how the history of marginalization has impacted both teaching and learning. Throughout the session, participants will reflect on the dynamics of power and privilege within their schools and classrooms and examine exclusionary practices that perpetuate inequity. The workshop is designed to engage participants in creating a safe space where they can build trust and clear communication with their colleagues while exploring and modeling strategies to disrupt practices that disparage or traumatize students from different backgrounds. Participants will learn how to establish a culturally responsive classroom that centers students’ experiences and perspectives; addresses each student as a whole child; platforms their interests and voices; adequately challenges every student; and celebrates each student’s unique experiences.
Workshop Session 2: Promoting a Safe & Positive School Climate
Studies have found that schools can address the root causes of dissonance within schools by prioritizing the development of a positive school climate. In this session, participants will explore ways to increase trust, accountability, inclusivity, and a stronger sense of community within their school. Participants will also examine practices that promote student voice and leadership when creating a school climate in which they feel safe and supported.
Lourdes Assistant Principal, Mrs. Meghan Vilardo stated that “This is just the beginning as we start the conversations. Our objective is to implement anti-racism strategies into each content area’s curriculum. We look forward to Ms. Goubourn returning to work within smaller groups of faculty and departments later during the 2021 - 2022 school year.