Equity in Education Series
Equity in Education
Introductory Webinar: Tutoring as a Tool for Social Justice
Implicit Bias in Tutoring, 9/28/17
How can we combat the effects of biases that we don’t know we have? View this webinar to learn more about how your own implicit biases can impact your tutoring sessions and what you can do to combat the negative effects.
Empowering communities through the past: Taking a closer look at the findings from the Kerner Commission, Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference Date TBD
In 1968, the Kerner Commission released its findings on the heels of volatile year beforehand. In 1967, riots erupted across the United States due to growing racial segregation between blacks and whites. Fifty years later, the findings from the Kerner Commission are still relevant today in the discussion of empowering communities.
Learning, Teaching, Reaching Out: Working for Social Justice through Math and Print Literacy Tutoring and Community Outreach in Rural North Carolina, Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference Date TBD
In 2015, a multilingual, low-income school in rural NC requested a multiple-semester PDS to help grow its own teachers. After a year of planning together at the school site, sharing our intentions with university colleagues and gathering their input, and recruiting student volunteers, in fall 2016 UNCW piloted a three-term cohort for interested teacher candidates. Drawing on models of community engagement that focus on social justice, especially Oakes et al. (2015) Teaching to Change the World, and Zygmunt et al. (2016) Transforming Teacher Education for Social Justice, we launched a high integrated best practice, participatory and learner centered tutoring and outreach program aimed to support the math and print literacy development of newcomer and English language learners in grades 3-5. Our presentation sets out our model and how it evolved across its first year, the factors that motivate this cadre of university candidates, and highlights lessons learned to date from the perspectives of passionate and engaged university faculty and student leaders.
Using a Social Justice Framework to Organize a Tutor Library, Read.Write.Act Virtual Conference Date TBD
SCALE, the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, is a social-justice oriented literacy nonprofit that operates out of UNC’s School of Education. For the last 20 years we have been working diligently to promote representative literature and learner-centric tutoring practices. Research shows that learners are more motivated to read when they can visualize themselves in a text. The selection of library materials then becomes an important tool to fostering a learners relationship with reading. As such, we would host a session that outlines the importance of representation and cross-cultural understanding in education and how exactly that relates to social justice. We will then detail how we sought to implement a social justice framework in the selection, deselection and organization of library materials for our literacy tutors. Attendees will receive a checklist for evaluation of materials from a social justice framework so that these ideas can be applied to their own work. This session will be most useful to individuals working in collection development, children’s’ librarians, school media specialists and those working with literacy tutoring programs. All attendees can expect an unconventional, exciting session that provides them with knowledge of how to identify materials that are representative of all readers while also providing them with resources and practical steps to implement what they may learn.