We look forward to the 2018 Race and Pedagogy National Conference, September 27-29,
The mission of the Race and Pedagogy Institute is to educate students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race, to cultivate terms and practices for societal transformation, and to act to eliminate racism.
Tacoma Public School teachers and administrators, community members, and School of Education faculty collaboratively developed the PreK-12 Teachers and Students Unlearning Racism conference strand. The sessions developed for this strand focus on when, where, and how to engage with preK-12 students about questions of racial identity, difference, racism and privilege in classrooms. Sessions will focus on the themes of unlearning racismand disrupting the white dominant frame of public schooling. Teachers and students will have opportunities to grapple with questions such as:
- What does it mean to “unlearn” something?
- How do we embrace and foster authentic and critical conversations about race, a topic that is highly uncomfortable to discuss?
- How do we name and learn to address the privilege or lack thereof that comes with our racial identities?
- How can we create inclusive spaces in school settings that typically privilege white middle class norms for acting, speaking, and being?
Participants will learn about and apply everyday anti-racist teaching and curriculum development strategies and brainstorm action steps to address community and family involvement in the classroom and in public schools.
This conference strand will feature two Spotlight Speakers and multiple concurrent sessions where Tacoma Public Schools students, teachers, and administrators will lead discussions about race and racism.
Spotlight Session: Theater of the Oppressed
Featuring Marc Weinblatt from Mandala Center for Change
Interactive Performance and Community Dialogue on Race
Using the evocative and universal language of theatre, members of the audience will deconstruct a real-life scenario as a springboard to explore racism. We will use physical imagery and improvisation to make visible the various fears, desires, as well as collective history that may be happening below the surface of the interaction. This dynamic process invites critical
thinking, empathy, and creative problem solving. This will be a unique and compassionate way to learn about oneself as well as humanize the “other”. The Rainbow of Desire is one technique from the Theatre of the Oppressed, which uses theatre as a tool for community dialogue and social change.
Spotlight Session: Robin DiAngelo
The Implications of an Overwhelmingly White Teaching Force
Join Dr. Robin DiAngelo, writer and educator on racial and social justice and white identity as she discusses the history of harm by schools in relation to students and communities of color and how to build the skills of repair. Dr. DiAngelo has a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education. She is a writer and educator on racial and social justice and white identity and the author of Is Everyone Really Equal? (2017) What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy (2016) and White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard To Talk To White People About Racism (2018).