Promoting Diversity and Equity in the Classroom
Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce the Promoting Diversity and Equity in the Classroom workshop to be held at Oakland University in Rochester, MI on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Promoting diversity and equity in the classroom is crucial for both teachers and students. An educational leader needs to be able to apply knowledge to promote the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, acceptance and appreciation. In this workshop, K-12 educators will learn how to teach beyond tolerance and create an inclusive classroom culture. Workshop attendees will also learn how to proactively build a classroom culture based on community and mutual responsibility, and to provide a safe space for students to share their thinking in a respectful, meaningful way.
Goals and Benefits of the Workshop:
Attendees will be able to:
- Teach beyond tolerance and create an inclusive classroom culture
- Promote social justice
- Learn how to proactively build relationships and sense of community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing
- Identify reliable methods to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships in order facilitate conversation and encourage full participation
- Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, clients, employees and colleagues
Bill Boyle, Former Director of the Model Center, Bowers Academy and Equity Programming, Bloomfield Hills Schools
He has 31 years of experience as a teacher, athletic coach and administrator at all levels of K-12 education. Bill has worked diligently to form schools that serve as places of belonging for all students as the foundation for learning. He currently serves as a consultant, coach and facilitator for schools, non-profits and the private sector specializing in the areas of Restorative Practices and Equity Literacy. Bill is the Executive Director for the Michigan Network for Equity in Education and is an instructor for the International Institute for Restorative Practices.
Julia Smith, Professor in Educational Leadership, Oakland University
Julia Smith is a Professor for the Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University. She teaches graduate classes in Educational Leadership for aspiring and practicing leaders. She teaches educational diversity as well as research methods for masters, educational specialist, and doctoral students. She has presented about social justice and educational equity concerning populations ranging from early childhood through higher education at several conferences and to several professional organizations. Her most recent publication (published in September, 2016) was titled, "Alternate Realities: Racially Disparate Discipline in Classrooms and Schools and its Effects on Black and Brown Students."
Session topics for the Promoting Diversity and Equity in the Classroom workshop will include:
- Self-awareness for educators to evaluate your own values, assumptions and biases
- Creating an inclusive classroom culture to safeguard equity and diversity
- Using Restorative Practices to Promote Diversity and Equity
- Learning how to proactively build relationships and sense of community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing
- Developing culturally appropriate curricula
- Workshop Registration Fee: $80
- SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
- Parking is free on Oakland University's Main Campus
- Lunch will be provided to all participants each day
For more information, please contact:
Kelly Quintana, Assistant Program Coordinator