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Unpacking White Privilege in Schools and Classrooms
2100 Building
Seattle, WA
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Hilltop Educator Institute Presents:
Unpacking White Privilege in Schools and Classrooms
Saturday, January 20th
Facilitated by Ilsa Govan from Cultures Connecting in the morning and Nnenna Odim and Fran Davidson in the afternoon.

When trying to practice multicultural inclusion, too often the focus is on the other, that is, families or children of color, leaving white perspectives, culture and identity normalized and unexplored. Through story telling, discussion and experiential exercises we will shift the focus to examine how white cultural norms and privileges can create barriers to equity.

By bringing into focus the ways white privilege operates on a personal and institutional level in schools, participants will be able to identify ways white allies and people of color can work together to reform systems and engage in culturally responsive practices with young children.

By the end of the day, participants will be able to identify ways white allies and people of color can work together to reform systems and engage in culturally responsive practices with young children and together, we will confront issues of racism, serve as advocates and cultural brokers, and breed innovation through diversity and inclusion.  

This session will be broken down into a morning session and an afternoon session.

The morning session will be led by Ilsa Govan and will bring into focus the ways white privilege operates on a personal and institutional level in schools.  Ilsa Govan, Co-founder of Cultures Connecting (CulturesConnecting.com), has more than 15 years experience as a facilitator, consultant, writer and social justice activist. She has led conversations about racial equity at workshops and conferences across the country. Prior to Cultures Connecting, Ilsa worked as an Equity and Race Specialist for Seattle Public Schools and was an elementary school teacher. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Western Washington University and her Master's Degree in Bicultural Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest.

The afternoon session, led by Fran Davidson and Nnenna Odim - Early Achievers mentor teachers / coaches.  In the afternoon, we will focus on equitable learning environments to ensure that all children are visible, validated and valued.  

Since 1975, Fran has worked with young children, their families, and teachers of young children, infusing all of her work with issues of cultural relevance and anti-bias. In 2000 she co-authored THAT'S NOT FAIR! A Teacher's Guide to Activism with Young Children with Ann Pelo. Fran was a teacher educator at Pacific Oaks College, Seattle Central College, and the UW. She served as the SEEC Master Coach for the City of Seattle, and has coached, mentored and consulted with many preschool programs over the years. Currently Fran serves as an Early Achievers trainer with CCA King and Pierce Counties and CCA Northwest as well as a consultant to programs implementing Culturally Relevant Child Centered Reflective Practice approaches. Fran has been an active member of the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education since 2005, and participates with several other groups working to challenge inequity in its many harmful manifestations.

Nnenna Odim has had the opportunity to partner with young children and educators in different capacities; classroom teacher, friend, researcher, and most recently coach. Our work with children connects with her view of people because a learning community is like a family that experiences many emotions that ultimately guide behaviors. She believes exploring our emotions develops empathy which aides the undoing of inequity in early learning. Currently, Nnenna examines the early educational system and how differences of culture impact classroom practice and policy application.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Part of the Hilltop Educator Institute event series. Check out our other events!

Many thanks to our Educator Discussion Series sponsors:

KidsQuest Children's Museum

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Saturday Jan 20, 2018 8:30 AM - Saturday Jan 20, 2018 3:30 PM | Free - $165.00


2100 Building (View)
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


Education > Workshops

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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