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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

BELONGING, JUSTICE & ANTI-RACISM RESEARCHER & CONSULTANT

Alysa Perreras is an Inclusion, Belonging, and Antiracist Researcher and Consultant  in Bogota, Colombia. She additionally works as the Inclusion Manager for Netflix, Latin America, supporting inclusion strategy for the four Netflix offices based in Latin America. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Education for Social Justice at the University of San Diego. Alysa’s consultation work includes strategic planning, systems building, adult professional learning, and curriculum design, all through an anti-bias, antiracist and justice centered lens.

She has provided consulting services and in-depth professional learning with various international and independent schools and has presented on the work of equitable, liberated learning communities at various conferences around the globe. She combines her own lived experiences as a biracial, multicultural woman, and the intentional study of practitioners of abolition and liberation who have come before her, to bring an intersectional lens into all that she does. 


Darnell Fine

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

Dr. Darnell Fine is a middle school deputy principal in Singapore. He is also an experienced facilitator of adult learning, focusing on curriculum, assessment, and culturally responsive teaching. He has provided hundreds of workshops and keynote presentations for numerous conferences and educational institutions throughout the United States as well as Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.  In addition to facilitation, he’s served as a curriculum consultant, reviewing manuscripts and curricula for publishing companies, arts organizations, and universities. Darnell is a 2012 recipient of the Learning for Justice Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching and was named a 2021 Emerging Leader by ASCD. After earning his Bachelor’s in Africana Studies and Education at Brown University, Darnell obtained his Teacher Support Specialist Endorsement through Georgia State University and his Master’s in Creative Writing in London. Dr. Fine holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.


Jennifer Beckwith

FOUNDING MEMBER, THE DIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE

Dr. Jennifer Beckwith has been an International Educator for over 35 years with K-12 experiences spanning nine countries from Europe to the Middle East. As a Principal, Superintendent and after nine years as the Founding Director of the American United School in Kuwait she recently returned to the US where she continues to provide educational consultant services in planning and committing to the realization that equity work is key to the well-being of the entire school community. Her work with School Heads, Boards, Educators and Parents is accomplished by setting the conditions that encourage and inspire others to lead equity work while intentionally creating opportunities for new learning that can change attitudes and mindsets regarding equity challenges. These Strategic-Reimagining Planning trainings are centered on Equity leadership with a focus on systemic change and community partnering. Dr. Beckwith has served as a member of the AAIE Board of Trustees, is a Middle States Association Commissioner, serves as a Chair/Co-Chair for accreditation visits, and is a Founding Member of the Diversity Collaborative. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with College Teaching from GPC of Vanderbilt University and is an adjunct professor for several universities working with student teachers, and aspiring leaders. She has indicated how fortunate she feels to return for a second year to work with the team at NESA and the schools within the region through the NNLS format.


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.