About This Event
This past year has been a time of reflection, learning, and sacrifice and has caused educators to pivot and adapt during the most unprecedented time in educational history. Many educators adopted new teaching strategies overnight due to COVID-19, reacted to and experienced widespread civil unrest in support of racial and social justice, and set about disrupting systemic racism in their own classrooms - all while trying to balance their own mental health.
In this four-part series, we’ll investigate the ways in which racism, mental health, history, and education intersect, and discuss how media and media literacy can be used as tools to deepen our understanding, turn knowledge into action, and create immediate, positive change in the fight against anti-Black racism in education.
For each episode, our conversations will be guided by Mike Lang
, PBS Digital Innovator All-Star, and Roshanna Beard
, PBS KIDS Early Learning Champion. Come prepared for rich, deep, and honest conversations. This is a live event, so you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.
Episode 1: Deepening Understanding -- Systemic Racism’s Impact on Education
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 @ 7:00 PM ET
The evidence that systemic racism is embedded in our education system is clear: from zoning, to discriminatory policies, to “who” is teaching “what”, and the existence of a school to prison pipeline - this is an ongoing discussion across the country. This one-hour discussion will examine history and the effects of systemic racism on education, how we have come to understand it and the role educators can play to actively disrupt and dismantle these harmful systems.
We will be joined by: Yatibaey Evans, Creative Producer MOLLY OF DENALI, and Dr. Janice Gassam, Consultant, Educators, Writer and Speaker.
Episode 2: Affirming Identities -- The Content We Teach
Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM ET
The content we consume and teach impacts our students, colleagues and ourselves inside and outside the classroom. In this episode, we’ll explore what stories are being told, who is doing the telling, and why. This conversation will focus on the impact that systemic racism and white supremacy have had historically on curricula, teacher perspective, and teacher practice, and the actions we can take to more carefully assess the content, and consider its impact on our students.
We will be joined by: Myles Bess, Host & Producer on 'Above the Noise', Lorena Germán, Educator and Author, and Blair Imani, Author, Educator, Historian and Influencer.
Episode 3: Mental Health -- Centering Our Learners
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 @ 7:00 PM ET
Systemic racism has a destructive and direct impact on mental health and identity development. This conversation will center learners, focusing on the importance of our role as educators and how what we teach affirms or invalidates identities of learners and people in our world. We will consider the impact on the past, immediate, and future mental health of our students, and explore how systemic racism undermines our own mental health and impacts our teaching practice.
We will be joined by: Dr. Dawn X. Henderson, Director of Research, Village of Wisdom, Co-Director of the Collective Health and Education Equity Research Collaborative and Marcy Melvin, LPC, Deputy Director The Hackett Center for Mental Health.
Episode 4: Designing a Path Forward
Thursday, June 24, 2021 @ 7:00 PM ET
Uprooting systemic racism and fostering liberation takes continuous and intentional action. In this conversation we’ll discuss tools, practices and frameworks to which we can hold ourselves and our peers accountable, while protecting our own mental health and building trusting effective partnerships with our peers and colleagues.
We will be joined by: Daisy Han, Founder/CEO of Embracing Equity and Dr. Leigh Patel, Professor.