The disparities that students face today, magnified during the COVID-19 outbreak, are rooted in systemic racism that has been ingrained in education for generations. But even as we reevaluate the system, we must also recognize the critical impact of individual educators who are committed to the fight against racism and injustice. Educators — people — can help change and improve the system, so that it supports and nurtures all young people.
During this conversation, we will identify how educators can act to confront racism and white supremacy in their everyday roles, and what it means to embrace and work toward antiracism in your school setting. Tracie Jones, HGSE’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, will be joined by HGSE’s Christina “V” Villarreal, a longtime teacher and school leader in East Oakland, CA, who now directs the Teacher Education master’s program, and José Vilson, a math teacher, writer, and activist in New York City who is the executive director of EduColor, and Jamarria Hall, an advocate for educational equality, and a Detroit Public Schools graduate who successfully sued the State of Michigan to establish a right to literacy.
Education Now: The Challenges of Reopening is a summer webinar series with insights for educators, families, and school and district leaders. This bi-weekly series runs Wednesdays, June 24 through September 2. Episodes will be recorded and available to view later on YouTube and Facebook. Visit hgse.me/ednow for more information.