Later this month, we will be launching a crowd-funding campaign. Through this campaign, we will raise funds to provide an eLearning series, which will provide customized and digital resources to organizations that are employing and serving increasingly diverse populations. The series will be free of charge to pre-K through 12th grade public school educators. Lenovo, South by Southwest, Sarita Giesel Graphic Design, EmPowerment Entertainment, and Urban Co-Lab have already agreed to sponsor this project. Please join them, and join us, in contributing to this important cause.
Why pre-K through 12th educators?
In my work with schools, I hear a lot of stories from teachers who feel overwhelmed with the challenges they are confronted with by having such diverse student populations. It is not unusual or un-common, in fact it is human, for people to have difficulty relating to others who come from different backgrounds. Even with the best of intentions, most people haven’t figured out how to navigate “the mix.” Not because they aren’t good people, because they are, but because unconscious biases get in the way.
What educators are experiencing is not dissimilar to what professionals in other industries face when challenged by diverse populations. Smart leaders are investing in tools needed to prepare their workforce for dealing with these challenges productively before it impacts their bottom line. When it comes to teachers – it is everyone’s responsibility to invest in these tools and resources.
How will this make a difference?
When people receive this diversity and unconscious bias training and resources they 1) have a better understanding of what unconscious bias, otherwise known as implicit bias, is; 2) they begin to see the insidious nature of how people’s biases impact decision-making; and 3) they learn how to change behavior in a way that accomplishes more of what most of us want – fairness and inclusiveness.
After experiencing this training and accessing these resources, teachers will be empowered with the confidence they need to face their biases. This awareness will make them better teachers and will help them develop inclusive curricula for students.
Why should this matter to you?
We all know teachers are under pressure and are often do not have the resources they need to function as well as they could if they had better funding. Teachers have a great amount of responsibility, but school districts, strapped for cash, often have difficulty finding the resources that are necessary to support their teachers.tiket pesawat ke bali
Being treated unfairly in school can impact a child for a lifetime. Teachers who do not experience inclusion as professionals, in the workplace do not have the support they need to educate to their fullest potential. Most people want to be inclusive, and want people to be treated with fairness.
By supporting this project, you can have confidence that you are having a direct impact on teachers personally and professionally, and that this positive difference will transfer to a better educational experience for their students.
How do I support the project?
- Become a sponsor
- Share our project on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media
- Encourage your friends and colleagues to support the project
- Attend the Kickoff Event in Austin, Texas on November 10th
Look out for more details in the coming days and weeks.
Also published on Medium.