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Targeting How We Teach Racial Issues in the Classroom

  • 03 Sep 2020
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Virtual, via Zoom


When MCSS released their statement on the protests around the country this past June, we promised we would use our voice to change the narrative about race.  To begin taking important steps towards living up to our words, we're beginning the school year with a panel discussion.  

Join Harry Weaver (Chippewa Valley Schools), Anthony Lewis (Michigan Department of Civil Rights) and Marshall Collins (Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District) and your moderator, Sean McBrady as they discuss questions about teaching racial issues in Michigan's K-12 classrooms.

Panelists will answer MCSS member questions like:

  • How do explorations of race align within the Michigan standards?
  • How uncomfortable should we make discussions based on grade levels, and how do we deal with potential parent and community backlash and possible limited district support?
  • How can a teacher build their capacity in facilitating a productive conversation when they themselves are not comfortable with knowledge about race?  (How can white teachers engage in race conversations with students in an age appropriate manner?)
  • How do we approach student racism/students telling racist jokes?
  • How can a teacher teach about race via distance learning?

This webinar is freely available to educators across Michigan regardless of their MCSS membership status.

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