Date: April 21, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern
This interactive workshop explores how Curriculum Innovation Cohorts help educators design culturally responsive, identity-affirming, and racially equitable curricula and instructional practices. Based on the Transformational Inquiry Method’s four learning domains, the cohort experience guides teachers to design dynamic curricula and strengthen their capacity to deliver instruction through a racial equity lens. In this session we compare well-known frameworks for culturally responsive teaching and draw from their common themes – taking a strengths-based approach, establishing psychological safety, using inquiry questions to guide reflection, curating content that represents and strengthens student identities; and creating assessments that guide transformational learning. We introduce assessment tools for curriculum and educator best practices. Finally, we discuss the rewards and challenges educators face in developing an equitable curriculum.
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Martha CaldwellDirector, iChange Collaborative
Martha draws on the power of story to make the psychological dimensions of social identity visible. She has facilitated thousands of conversations about identity experience with students, parents, educators, and business leaders. Her interactive, inquiry-based style incorporates social emotional learning, identity formation theory, and ethics to enhance empathy, inspire innovative thinking, and catalyze leadership development. Martha’s articles have appeared in Independent Schools Magazine, Greater Good Magazine, Youth Today, Middle School Journal, and EdWeek. She is a co-author of Let’s Get Real: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender Identities in the Classroom, Facilitating Conversations about Race, and Gender and Sexuality: An Educator’s Guide. She worked as a consultant with Emory’s Social, Emotional and Ethical Development program and is on the DEI team for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. She co-founded iChange Collaborative to promote thriving learning communities.
Danielle StewartPresident, iChange Collaborative
Danielle Stewart, Ed.D., M.B.A., B.A. is the president of iChange Collaborative. She is an innovative leader, organizer, educator, facilitator, and curriculum design expert in transformative racial equity education. She co-founded iChange’s first Summer Diversity Institute for Educators in 2013 and has facilitated virtual affinity groups for people of color ever since. In addition to developing iChange, she established The Community Empowerment Foundation and In School Spirit to ignite positive school academic outcomes for students of color and pursue continued research in improving their experiences in school. In addition to her love of teaching and learning, her passion is fulfilled when using her creative skills in a variety of ways, in order to give back to the community.
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