October 28th, 2020
8:30am to 12:00pm EST
Registration Deadline: October 27th, 2020
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it's faced." - James Baldwin
Sometimes words are not enough, but they should be said regardless: Black lives matter. We acknowledge the institutional racism and biases that exist within education and its systems.
Progress starts with us as education is the catalyst of social change. Through professional development, diversification of our membership and leadership, and advocacy for systemic change, we commit to equal representation and equity for our Black administrators, teachers, students and families. CLICK HERE to read the FASA's plan to address these issues.
This is a half-day virtual conference starting with a keynote “If Elephants Could Talk.: Racial Literacy for Racially Stressful Encounters in Schools.” from Dr. Howard Stevenson, Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. (full bio here). He will address racial literacy in our schools and how school leaders can use racial literacy to de-escalate racial tensions in our classrooms.
The second half of the confernece will be spent with members of our diversity committee as they highlight their experiences and best practices in dealing with the current racial climate.
We will have breakout discussion in between so we can have converstation about about your own experiences, your struggles and what you are doing to combat racial inequity in your school.
Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D.
Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, designed to promote racial literacy in education, health, and community institutions. His most recent research focuses on helping children and adults develop and use assertive coping strategies during face-to-face microaggressions. Key to this racial healing work is the use of culture to reduce in-the-moment threat reactions and increase access to memory, physical mobility, and voice.