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#NNLS DEIJ

Advancing the Work of Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Social Justice in International Schools

Six interconnected sessions for school teams

WITH ALYSA PERRERAS, DARNELL FINE & JENNIFER BECKWITH

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STRAND

STRANDS: DEIJ • Deep Learning • New Pedagogies • Wellness / SEL

DATE

SEP 22, 2021 - FEB 16, 2022

CERTIFICATE

CERTIFICATE OFFERING

ELIGIBILITY

OPEN TO ALL SCHOOLS

COST

PER SCH REG FEE

AUDIENCE

FOR SCHOOL TEAMS

EVENT TYPE

ONLINE


COURSE PURPOSE & INTRODUCTION

The work of anti-racism and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) keeps student learning at the forefront. Our end goal is that schools are inclusive and culturally sustaining for our students. As we recognize that this work must be enduring and systemic, our model of complex change offers promising practices related to developing visions, consensus, skills, motivation, resources, and action plans.

We hope that this learning series will be a dynamic experience that allows you to collaborate with your peer institutions to make a safer, more inclusive community of schools. As the work of anti-racism, equity, inclusion, belonging and social justice is an ongoing learning process, we believe our work will help us manage complex change and create culturally sustaining professional learning communities.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Examine DEIJ with a collaborative, supportive group of your peers. This six-week course will assist NESA schools in creating an atmosphere and starting a conversation to advance the work of anti-racism, equity, inclusion (belonging) and social justice.

Over the duration of the course, we will co-curate a resource page that the facilitators and participants will routinely update with articles, films, documentaries, book titles, YouTube videos, protocols, literature, poems, and more. Participants will also periodically be asked to share feedback on the content and process of sessions.

Participants will maintain a portfolio reflecting on how they are building the intent and will to examine DEIJ over time. Attendees will play a major role in developing and selecting artifacts to include in their portfolio that they feel represent their learning and critical self-reflection. This supports our developmental view of DEIJ work; it is an ongoing, lifelong process that requires us to continuously reflect and learn.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

      • Create a vision for why DEIJ is needed
      • Build DEIJ knowledge and skills
      • Develop value and commitment for DEIJ
      • Co-curate resources supporting DEIJ
      • Develop DEIJ plans to enact change

AUDIENCE

This course is designed for school teams of up to 15 members (minimum team member requirement: 2).

It is for schools wishing to build the intent and will for examining DEIJ and for advancing the work of anti-racism, equity, inclusion, belonging and social justice in international schools. Cross-team participation, including that of school leadership, is encouraged.

PARTICIPATION

We believe in the power of inquiry and shared ownership of knowledge. This course is not about getting it “right,” but accepting there are many ways to get to the same goal and being open to diverse outcomes. This requires collective participation and not letting mistakes deter you from engaging in the learning process.

Cross-team participation is paramount in order for teams to move forward and implement their learnings back at school. Attendance of school administrators (heads of school, principals, curriculum directors) and even school trustees/board members will signal the school's commitment to DEIJ and will encourage buy-in from the entire school community.

The camaraderie among team members will foster mutual support and collaboration, cultivating a nucleus of people with whom they can share the journey.

MODULES & SCHEDULE

There will be six live Zoom sessions to attend on the dates below, on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm GMT+3/GMT+2 (Athens, Greece time). Each session will be 1 hour followed by a 30-minute Q&A if needed/requested.

Participants will be assigned asynchronous coursework in the form of readings, viewings, portfolio entries, and activities throughout the series, requiring approximately 2 hours per module to complete.

NOTE: THE COURSE PLATFORM OPENS FOR ORIENTATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, A WEEK BEFORE COURSEWORK BEGINS.


Alysa Perreras

DEIJ INSTRUCTIONAL CONSULTANT; PROFESSOR OF MULTICULTURAL STUDIES, SUNY-BUFFALO STATE

Alysa Perreras is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Instructional Consultant in Medellin, Colombia, and a Professor of Multicultural Studies at Buffalo State-State University of New York. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Education for Social Justice at the University of San Diego. Alysa’s work includes classroom teaching, curriculum design, adult professional learning, strategic planning and educational consulting, all through an anti-bias, antiracist and justice centered lens.

Alysa strives to inspire social change rooted in justice by offering data-driven, personalized, and ongoing professional learning experiences. Systems thinking pedagogy is used to cultivate and maintain organizational cultures that live into the practices of anti bias, antiracism and justice. Her workshops and extended learning experiences develop internal capacity and create protocols and strategies towards sustainable systems that call out injustice by name and radically dream of a world that includes liberation for all. 


Darnell Fine

CONSULTANT / INSTRUCTIONAL COACH / DEI PLANNING TEAM CHAIR, SINGAPORE AMERICAN SCHOOL

Darnell Fine is an adult learning facilitator focusing on curriculum and assessment, diversity, equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching. He has presented at conferences, US public, independent and international schools, as well as the Pew Center and the US Department of Education. In the past year, he presented at more than two dozen international schools.

He also serves as a curriculum consultant to publishing companies, national arts organizations, and universities. Darnell earned a degree in Africana Studies and Education at Brown University, a Teacher Support Specialist Endorsement via Georgia State University, and a master’s in Creative Writing in London.

Darnell is currently an instructional coach, chair of the faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) planning team at Singapore American School, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, studying educational leadership through a lens of equity and social justice. He received the 2012 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching, and served on the Teaching Tolerance advisory board.


Jennifer Beckwith

FOUNDING MEMBER, THE DIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE

Dr. Jennifer Beckwith has worked in K-12 education for over 30 years with international experiences that span nine countries. Principalships in the Netherlands, UK, Norway, Belgium, Germany, and Japan prepared her for other leadership opportunities. As a Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent, she supervised 18 schools in Italy and 26 schools in Turkey, Bahrain, Spain, and Portugal.

Dr Beckwith holds a PhD in Educational Administration with College Teaching from GPC Vanderbilt University. She began her latest educational venture as Founding Director of the American United School of Kuwait in 2012. Dr. Beckwith is a member of the AAIE Board of Trustees and a Founding Member of the Diversity Collaborative, a joint venture among AAIE, ISS, and AISH. She worked on school improvement as Chair or member on the Accreditation team for NCA/AdvancED, SACS/CASI and served as a Chair/Co-Chair of an MSA virtual visit this fall. Dr. Beckwith has provided DEI-J training for boards of trustees, regional and national conferences and schools.


Registration Fees

All fees quoted are in US Dollars (USD).

  • NESA Member & Affiliate Schools: $2000/school
  • Non-Member Schools: $2500/school

Please review the Cancellation Notice before registering.