New York, New York

Training for Educators

Intersectionality

Learn key texts from Black feminist history, including the foundational work of Kimberle Crenshaw, who developed the concept of intersectionality in 1989.

 

Ethnic Studies

Learn from revolutionary ideas in Black Studies, Chicana Studies, Asian American Studies, Arab American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and postcolonial studies. 

Trauma Studies 

Re-think best practices for teaching "difficult knowledge" through a lens that takes into account trauma, healing, contemplative practices, embodiment, and holistic creative process. 

Religious Studies

Integrate a study of religion and power into an understanding of feminist history. Also, consider the kinds of resources religion and theology offer for the work of racial justice and gender justice. 

Starting Points for Educators

1) Do a self-assessment.
How much training have you had to effectively teach on intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, colonialism and settler colonialism, etc.? How are your curriculum and teaching methods helping students think critically about the rise of white nationalism, Islamophobia, and antisemitism? How many feminist writers have you engaged as you design your courses?
2) For initial resources: Listen to the podcast Theory Meets Practice: A Podcast for Teachers.   
Jennifer Castillo & Aimee O'Donnell created the series based on their customized 2-year training program, "Strategies in Pedagogical Leadership." Our model is one of teacher-scholar collaborations: as they studied the texts in our training program and received scholarly coaching, they built the podcast to circulate to fellow teachers the feminist ideas and how they apply the concepts in their classroom practices.

3) Contact me for a 60-minute assessment session.
We will talk about about implementing a PLC (professional learning program) in your school that trains faculty in a similar course of study, pedagogy, and teacher-scholar collaborations. Programs can be stand-alone workshops throughout one school year,  or part of a 2–3 year diversity initiative.