Sustaining and Evolving Anti-Racist Practices: An Affinity Space for White Educators Leading Change
SESSION 1: October 17, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
SESSION 2: December 5, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
SESSION 3: January 9, 2024 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
SESSION 4: March 19, 2024 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
SESSION 5: April 30, 2024 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
ABOUT THIS ONLINE ONGOING PROGRAM
Whiteness and white supremacy culture were created by groups and are maintained by them. When white people come together to unlearn and challenge the systemic effects of whiteness, they can begin to dismantle white supremacy in themselves, their schools, and their communities. Join CATDC and fellow independent school educators for a virtual yearlong anti-racist white affinity space led by Liza Gleason and Rob Wasielewski. Whether you facilitate white antiracist spaces, take part in these spaces, or are curious about building and sustaining critical conversations with other white educators in your school community, this workshop will support your growth.
Each meeting will include:
- A check in: what’s happening at your school? What kinds of capacity and skill building are you working on with your colleagues?
- A short activity: we’ll share some concrete ideas and protocols to give you new ideas and energy
- A facilitation slow-down: We’ll take some time to share how it’s feeling to do this work at your school and brainstorm ways we can support each other
- Close: We’ll ask for suggestions and feedback for next time
- Build community among white folks digging into the important, imminent, and necessary conversations we need to be having in our schools
- Share ideas, brainstorm, tell stories, and normalize talking about whiteness in schools
- Get support as people taking on leadership in our schools with white faculty and staff identity development
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
This workshop is for white-identifying educators who facilitate white antiracist spaces, take part in these spaces, or are curious about building and sustaining critical conversations with other white educators in their schools and communities.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Liza Gleason has been an educator in the Bay Area for more than 25 years. She recently completed her Educational Doctorate at Mills College, where her research focused on white women teachers. Liza has taught in both public and independent schools at the elementary and middle school levels. She is passionate about the intersection of building inclusive schools and white educator identity development. Liza uses vulnerability, care, and emergent thinking to ground her work with educators. She currently coaches individual teachers and teaching teams on curriculum and instruction and facilitates dialogue groups for white-identifying educators. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, teenage son, and two rescue dogs, Sammy and Cali.
Rob Wasielewski is an educator at Live Oak School in San Francisco and seeks to advance equity and justice through his work with students. As a middle school humanities teacher, Rob is passionate about creating antiracist curriculum and building strong, trusting classroom communities alongside his students. Alongside Liza Gleason, Rob co-facilitates AWARE (Aspiring White Anti-Racist Educators), a space for white faculty and staff at Live Oak to regularly meet, critically discuss whiteness, and advance antiracism practices. He lives in Oakland with his wife and their newly growing family.
Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.