"I teach primary grades -- children don't see race" "Talking about race is divisive. I teach diversity and inclusivity" "Better let someone trained to do this, I don't want to say the wrong thing" "Too much is asked of us, I'm exhausted! How about getting back to the basics: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic?"
Sounds familiar? If you feel any gut reaction at all to any of the above statements, this workshop is for you. Be ready for a deep dive into how critical literacy and an anti-racist practice can empower yourself, engage the children you teach, and effect change in the school community at large. Questions to be discussed are: What does an anti-racist teaching practice look like? Why anti-racism? How does it connect to literacy? What are some resources for young children? The only thing you need for this workshop is an open, inquiring mind.
Please have a note pad and a pen or pencil ready for an activity during this workshop.
This session is full.
The colonial history that brought me to Turtle Island as an immigrant-settler traces back to the Opium Wars (1839-1860), a direct and atrocious result from the same British imperialism that is the cause of entrenched and far-reaching injustices still present today. As an educator, the responsibility to expose and resist all forms of oppression is always front of my mind. My teaching practice is continually enriched by the intersectional lens and anti-oppression analysis developed through my involvement with the AOEC. I invite dreamers for a more just world to unlearn, decolonize, and agitate in community with each other.
I am a grade 4 teacher residing, working, and playing on the unceded and traditional territories of the Tsawwassen and Musqueam Coast Salish peoples. Growing up in Penticton, BC, I had some positively impactful teachers, coaches, and friends. However, I also felt a sense of discomfort, misunderstanding, and confusion around my identity as an Indo-Canadian person. It wasn’t until I moved to the Lower Mainland that I realized that I had been experiencing internalized racism my entire life. As an educator, I want my BIPOC students to know that they are not alone in this journey. It is important for my young students to recognize that the world is not fair to everyone. Through picture books, deep conversations, and sharing my personal journey we are learning about how racism and oppression exist within our communities.