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Pearls and Perils Annual Conference

We invite all faculty to attend the annual Pearls and Perils conference hosted by the Council for Teaching and Learning.

A volunteer working group of the Council created an alternative conference to recognize the year worked without a contract. Rather than ask you to deliver the concurrent sessions we invite you to participate in an interactive keynote and 2 workshops that will help all of us create healthy, equitable, engaged learning environments.    

Event Details

May 18, 2018
9 am-3:15 pm
Central Campus

Register for the conference online.

Conference Schedule

9:00-9:30         Coffee and registration (Central Campus Cafe)

9:30-10:30       Keynote, Naming Whiteness and Making Race Explicit for a More Equitable Campus
                        Jenna Chandler-Ward (Recital Hall Central Campus)

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:15     Workshop, Infusing Equity Into Policy, Procedures, and Curriculum

Jenna Chandler-Ward, Marsh 210 (Petrowski Room)

12:15-1:15       Lunch  (Central Campus Cafe)

1:15-3:15         Workshop,  Mindful Leadership for Positive Action and Engagement

Robbin Chapman, (Petrowski Room)

Keynote and Workshop Descriptions 

Keynote: Naming Whiteness and Making Race Explicit for a More Equitable Campus.

How can educators join in creating healthy, engaged learning environments where academic excellence is the priority and everyone leaves at the end of the day with their humanity and dignity intact? Over 84% of post-secondary educators are white and yet 60% of students are people of color. This interactive presentation explores issues of bias, privilege, oppression, and how whiteness operates on campus as a baseline from which everything is judged. We now know that teacher expectation is the number one predictor of student success. How can naming whiteness change those expectations and increase equity? Jenna Chandler-Ward speaks about her own discovery into the layers of whiteness, how that realization has fueled her work in education, and uncovered an understanding of the costs of racism for everyone.

Jenna Chandler-Ward is the Co-Founder of Teaching While White, a blog and podcast series that examines racial equity in teaching and learning. Jenna is also the Founder and Codirector of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and a yearly conference for teachers on issues of equity and inclusion. Outside of the work she does with these two organizations, Jenna teaches part-time and consults with schools, non-profits, colleges, and universities on racial equity in education.

Workshop: Infusing Equity Into Policy, Procedures, and Curriculum

This workshop will delve into the intersection of racial Identity development for educators and intentionally equitable practices. The better we understand our own racial identity as educators, the more able we are to critically analyze curriculum, teaching methods, policies, and procedures. Connecting theory with practice, this workshop will offer tools for both personal exploration as well as resources in creating a more equitable campus that celebrates and demonstrates a pluralistic society.

Robbin Chapman is the first Harvard Kennedy School Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Robbin Chapman earned her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, where she conducted research at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab. Her publications include "The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity in Youth Communities and chapters in Social Capital and Information Technology," "Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators," "Bravery: African-American Women Scholars in the Academy" (in press), and "Injecting Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Race and Gender for Diversification in STEM" (in press).

Workshop: Mindful Leadership for Positive Action and Engagement

A hallmark of effective work environments is the ability for colleagues to exercise consistently good judgement while part of a diverse team of colleagues.  When assumptions and biases influence what we believe to be our objective actions, we are unduly influenced by these misconceptions.  This session explores how assumptions and stereotypes influence what we believe are our objective actions.  In this interactive and fun workshop, you will learn about unconscious biases and micro-messages, and practice using tools to notice and address erroneous assumptions and biases.  A goal of the workshop is for you to leave with tools that  can increase the inclusive behaviors on your campus.  Join us for this interactive learning opportunity.

When 3:15pm
Classroom Building, Central Campus
71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Marc Ebenfield

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