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, December 2 - 7:00-8:00 PM Eastern
Sprucing Up Your Shelves: A Guide to Transformational Reading in the Catholic Classroom
The Catholic intellectual and moral traditions provide the underlying foundation for teaching and learning in the Catholic classroom. Literature can function as a tool by which to capitalize on those intellectual and moral traditions so as to contribute to the common good. In this session, ACE graduate and professor of young adult literature, Michael Macaluso, will review resources and not-to-miss titles worth adding to the Catholic school teacher’s bookshelves. In addition to building out their Christmas wish list, participants will gain insight into the ways that selections of #OwnVoices middle grade and young adult literature might foster dialogue around social issues that are often portrayed as one-sided in the news or media while honing socio-emotional skills and empathy. One hour of continued professional learning credit will be granted to those who participate in the entire session.
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 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.