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|About||Offering professional development on anti-bias education through instructional practice, teacher mentoring, curriculum design + educational publishing.|
20+ years teaching and learning in Minneapolis, MN, Houston, Texas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has contributed to my work in social justice and anti-bias education. But it was my graduate research in the explicit instruction of a multiple lens through literature and how that affects reader response to text which paved the way for the educational publishing and professional development work I've done since 2012.
A few projects I've worked on include content development on the award winning viewer’s guide to Teaching Tolerance's documentary film "Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot" and Perspectives, a K-12, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as the publications Beyond the Bus and Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students. I am a contributing writer on Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards, Code of Conduct: A Guide to Responsive Discipline, Civil Rights Done Right and Teaching Tolerance’s The March Continues: Five Essential Practices for Teaching the Movement.
I've facilitated professional development on anti-bias education at national conference events hosted by the National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Social Studies, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, National Association of Multicultural Educators, Association of Middle Level Educators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American School Counselor Association, Human Rights Campaign and the National Coalition on School Diversity. Most recently, I provided in-person professional development for Global Islam and Arts Teacher Fellows through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and for Chicago-area educators at the IL Holocaust Museum and Education Center on “Confronting Bias and Facilitating Difficult Conversations.”
Recently, I've been working with and providing training in equity and inclusion for Piedmont Unified School District, CA; Shorewood Indepe