FACE to FACE: Talking about Critical Issues in Catholic Education
After gathering ideas and input from ACE graduates and friends at last month's virtual summit, the ACE Advocates team is coordinating a series of weekly conversations focused on critical issues impacting Catholic schools and educators.
Wednesday, September 30 - 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern
Planning and Designing for an *Inclusive* Hybrid/Online Learning Experience
This interactive session will feature ways educators can plan and design for the needs of ALL learners in the ever-changing hybrid/fully online classroom. Using SMARTER planning and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework, educators can embed effective strategies and digital solutions to allow students options in understanding content, sharing what they know, and enhancing their level of engagement. This proactive approach will remove learning barriers, herein reducing stress at home while learning. Participants will obtain critical concepts and strategies and engage in thoughtful conversation about future implementation.
Wednesday, October 7 - 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern
Navigating the Challenges of Teaching the 2020 Election
Discussing presidential elections in the classroom always involves a certain level of risk. This is even more true in an election season contextualized by a national movement for racial justice and a global pandemic. In this session, ACE 23 graduate, Kelly Griffith Bell (principal of St. Laurentius School in Philadelphia), and ACE 18 graduate, Meghan McDermott (teacher educator at ACE Teaching Fellows and the University of Michigan), will present a framework for the pedagogical considerations that teachers must make as we approach the November election. Participants will discuss strategies for engaging students in productive civic discourse in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
Building Inclusive and Anti-Racist Classrooms, Schools, and Communities: A Series with LiberatED
As people who believe that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, we are called to actively confront all forms of racial injustice and exclusion. This carries a particular urgency for us as educators as we confront racism in all of its forms. ACE Advocates is proud to partner with LiberatED to offer a series of workshops to help build inclusive and anti-racist classrooms, schools, and communities. The five interconnected, yet stand-alone sessions will take participants on a meaningful journey of reflection on identity, race, values, culture and institutions.
Session 1: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Catholic Social Teaching: Overcoming Dominant Culture in Pursuit of Justice
Wednesday, September 23 - 7:00 - 8:30pm EDT
In this first session, we will consider the ways Catholic Social Teaching offers both a “why” and a “how” in the work of dismantling oppression. We will critically reflect on the ways dominant culture limits our own leadership as we generate more culturally sustaining, Christo-centric ways of operating that will better serve our communities. This session will be facilitated through whole-group presentations and small-group discussions, and participants will earn 90 minutes of continued professional learning credit.
Session 2: Understanding the Theory and Practice behind Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Wednesday, October 21 - 7:00 - 8:30pm EDT
We will learn about the Anti-Oppression and Liberatory Consciousness Lenses as foundational frameworks to build cultural competences and critical self-awareness. Looking at the examples set by Christ in the Gospels, we will reflect on the ways that a Christo-centric culture, much like liberatory consciousness, enables people to live outside patterns of thought and action that impede or counteract justice. Participants will be able to capitalize on the communal dynamic of the session, toggling between whole-group presentations and small-group discussions, and will earn 90 minutes of continued professional learning credit.
Session 3: Disrupting the Status Quo: Interrogating Our Identity and Biases
Wednesday, November 18 - 7:00 - 8:30pm EDT
We will describe and summarize aspects of our own socialization and reflect on our individual identities, experiences, beliefs, and biases. We will consider how each of these points of reflection impact the way we interact with each other and the way we approach our work towards justice in education. Facilitating this session through the lens of our Catholic faith and our perspectives as Catholic educators, we will look to the ways that Christ and a host of holy men and women have built their ministry on disrupting the status quo. As with previous sessions, participants will find themselves learning through whole-group presentations and small-group breakouts, and all who participate will earn 90 minutes of continued professional learning credit.
Session 4: De-mystifying “Culture:” How to Foster Cultural Competence
Wednesday, December 9 - 7:00 - 8:30pm EDT
This session will focus on Cultural Competence. We will discuss race, culture, values, and the intersection of these themes with our work. We will feel confident in accepting and healthily acknowledging the cultural differences between ourselves and others. We will facilitate this session through the lens of our Catholic faith and our perspectives as Catholic educators, using both whole-group presentations and small-group discussions. Participants will earn 90 minutes of continued professional learning credit.
Session 5: Building Inclusive and Anti-Racist Institutions
Wednesday, January 13 - 7:00 - 8:30pm EDT
We will individually and collectively reflect on personal archetypes for success and how these archetypes are socially/culturally mediated. We will analyze the ways dominant cultural schema have influenced the way we envision success for individuals and organizations, and we will brainstorm the ways that our faith might assist us in reorienting our standards for success, in a way that is more inclusive and in keeping with the idea that all are made in the image and likeness of God. We will facilitate this session through the lens of our Catholic faith and our perspectives as Catholic educators, using both whole-group presentations and small-group discussions to support participants’ learning. Participants will earn 90 minutes of continued professional learning credit.