Embracing Identity

Session 1

+ Resources

Embracing Equity Session 1.pdf

+ Introduction

Dear Embracing Equity Partner,

We are excited to begin this journey with you!

Thank you for joining us in Embracing Equity. We recognize that you are making a commitment to cultivating your anti-racist identity and thank you in advance for being brave and vulnerable in working towards creating a more just world.

You have been emailed Google Calendar invites (with the Zoom link) for each of the five sessions so that you can sync these dates to your own calendar.

The preparation of the teacher begins with self. We know we need this for ourselves and, through the guidance and support of community, we are able to explore our own learned discomfort with this pivotal aspect of our own identity.

Thank you for your partnership and solidarity. We are always available should you like to connect individually at info@embracingequity.org , and we are looking forward to Embracing Equity with you.

In partnership,

Your Embracing Equity Facilitators

+ Pre-Work (45 Minutes)

The first section of the E-Book can be found in "Session #1" which includes the readings and activities that need to be read and engaged with prior to our first session. You can find the pre-work instructions for Session 1 on page 9 of the E-Book above.

+ Session Closing

Dear Embracing Equity Partners,

Thank you for officially beginning this journey with us.

As we have mentioned, your participation and honest feedback is crucial to Embracing Equity's success and growth. Please take the time now to complete the Session 1 Exit Survey below. We greatly appreciate your responses!

In addition, this feedback form will always be open where you can submit feedback, comments, questions, suggestions, concerns, thoughts, reactions etc. at any time and anonymously if you prefer.

You can find the pre-readings and necessary materials for Session 2 in the "Session #2" section. Your participation will be dependent upon you doing the pre-reading and exercises.

In partnership,

Your Embracing Equity Facilitators

Session 2

+ Resources

Embracing Equity Session 2 E-Book.pdf

Racial and Ethnic Identity Development Case Study.pdf

Defining Racism "Can we talk?"

Session 2 Slide Deck.pdf

+ Pre-Work (45 minutes)

Dear Embracing Equity Partners, we are looking forward to Session 2! Please note that your participation will be dependent upon you doing the pre-reading and exercises.

For your easy reference during our session, please refer to "Session 2 Slide Deck" above.

In partnership,

Your Embracing Equity Facilitators

+ Session Closing

Dear Embracing Equity Partners,

Thank you for a vulnerable and powerful second session of Embracing Equity; we are grateful that you are on this journey with us.

As we have mentioned, your participation and honest feedback is crucial to Embracing Equity's success and growth. Please take the time now to complete the Session 2 Exit Survey below. We greatly appreciate your responses!

In addition, this feedback form will always be open where you can submit feedback, comments, questions, suggestions, concerns, thoughts, reactions etc. at any time and anonymously if you prefer.

You can find the pre-readings and necessary materials for Session 3 under the section "Session #3" in your learning dashboard. As always, your participation will be dependent upon you doing the pre-reading and exercises.

In partnership,

Your Embracing Equity Facilitators

Session 3

+ Resources

Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Preface

Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Chapter 1

Teaching Tolerance - "Relevant: Beyond the Basics"

High School Student Schools Teacher on What Racism Is

Critical Consciousness Case Study.pdf

Session 3 Embracing Equity E-Book.pdf

Session 3 Slide Deck.pdf

Compilation of Racial Identity Models.pdf

+ Pre-Work (1.5-2 Hours)

Read through the guiding questions:

  • What is Critical Consciousness? Does Critical Consciousness (about race) have a relationship with racial/ethnic identity?
  • How does Critical Race Consciousness work as a tool for students of color to disrupt or dismantle racism?
  • What suggested practices or pedagogical moves does critical pedagogy offer?
  • What is culturally relevant pedagogy? How is it a liberation teaching approach? How is it often misunderstood?

Read the preface and chapter one of Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. (Please note: This is an extraordinarily powerful, complex reading -- to guide readers through this text, we have also provided an annotated version, attached below.)

Read through this discussion of culturally relevant teaching from Teaching Tolerance.

Watch the following video: High School Student Schools Teacher on What Racism Is

Read the Case Study (above and also attached in the session #3 ebook)

Meet with your Embracing Equity Buddy, share your photo and journaling projects (which are described in the Session 2 slide deck).

+ Session Closing

Dear Embracing Equity Partners,

Thank you for another thoughtful and powerful session. It is so inspiring to leave the session with more questions to consider. We appreciate the genuine curiosity and vulnerability each of you are bringing to the sessions as learners and full humans. Your continued partnership is crucial to the continuing success of Embracing Equity.

As we have mentioned, your participation and honest feedback is crucial to Embracing Equity's success and growth. > > Please take the time now to complete the Session 3 Exit Survey below. We greatly appreciate your responses!

In addition, this feedback form will always be open where you can submit feedback, comments, questions, suggestions, concerns, thoughts, reactions etc. at any time and anonymously if you prefer.

You can find the pre-readings and necessary materials for Session 4 on your learning dashboard. Your active participation will be dependent upon you doing the pre-reading and exercises so we thank you in advance for preparing yourselves to deeply engage with us.

We look forward to hearing how your check in with your Embracing Equity buddy about your microaggressions/microaffirmations project goes when we reunite. Within this group is a network of brilliant people whom we hope you have the chance to connect with outside of our sessions.

In partnership,

Your Embracing Equity Facilitators

Session 4

+ Resources

"Community organizing to end the school-to-jail track"

"9-year-old activist saves Chicago school, dreams big" (video)

Session 4 Embracing Equity E-Book.pdf

Session 4 Slide Deck.pdf

Session 4 Critical Action Case Study.pdf

+ Pre-Work (1.5-2 Hours)

Preparation Work

Complete the Flipping the Script: Microaffirmations Project (found at end of Session 3 slide deck). Read through the guiding questions:

  • Can activism be defined?
  • What role does activism have in helping students of color be resilient in or resistant towards racist forces?
  • What do we do in morning meeting? How do we offer follow-up to the great lessons?
  • How do we think about discipline with critical action? In the context of race and racism in America?
  • How do we use activism in our classroom management strategies?

Read/watch the following examples of critical action:

As you read/watch, think about the following questions:

  • How are these students activists?
  • What skills did these students need to learn before becoming activists?
  • How can we as teachers help students learn and develop the skills needed for critical action?

  • Read the Case Study (also attached in the session #4 ebook)

  • Meet with your Embracing Equity Buddy, share your microaggression and microaffirmation project

+ Session Closing

Dear Embracing Equity Partners,

Thank you for another meaningful, powerful session. It is so affirming to leave each convening with a greater knowledge of systems and each other.

As always, your participation and honest feedback is crucial to Embracing Equity's success and growth. Please take the time now to complete the Session 4 Exit Survey below. We greatly appreciate your responses!

In addition, this feedback form will always be open where you can submit feedback, comments, questions, suggestions, concerns, thoughts, reactions etc. at any time and anonymously if you prefer.

In partnership,

Your Embracing Equity Facilitators

Session 5

+ Resources

Critical Action Project Directions.pdf

Session 5 Slide Deck.pdf

+ Critical Action Project

Your active participation will be dependent upon you doing your CRITICAL ACTION PROJECT! This project asks you to consider "What are the opportunities for critical action and racial justice work in your roles at Wildflower?" Click Here for Critical Action Project Guidelines. We look forward to seeing final project when we reconnect for Session 5. During this time you will have 5-8 minutes to share about your project and get feedback from the rest of the cohort.

It is our sincere hope that your experience is continually enriched by the relationships that we are building together, and we look forward to continuing the journey with you for one last session.

Remember to email your Critical Action Project to all group members at least 24 hours PRIOR to Session 5!