What are the best practices that create an environment to engage students in courageous conversations around, race, justice, equity, and progress? Join us as we provide a brief literature review of culturally responsive pedagogy and explore practical steps educators can take to help students be upstanders to promote anti-racism. Participants will walk away with a toolkit of free resources to enhance their classroom practice.
Amber Coleman-Mortley is the Director of Social Engagement at iCivics where she recruits teacher influencers; elevates diverse voices and perspectives within the civic education space; and manages the Youth Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Oberlin College and a Master of Communications from American University in Media Entrepreneurship. Amber is an NBC Parent Toolkit Expert, blogging about K12 education, edtech, and family life at MomOfAllCapes and on her podcast with her daughters, LetsK12Better. She’s featured in the LA Times, NY Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Edutopia, and a variety of other publications.
Shawn Healy, PhD, leads the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Democracy Program which seeks to strengthen democracy in Illinois through informed and engaged citizens and communities, vigorous and independent journalism, and responsive systems of government. Healy chaired the Illinois Task Force on Civic Education in 2014 and later led the separate legislative campaigns for a required civics course in Illinois in middle and high school, respectively. He also led the Illinois Social Science Standards Task Force. Its recommendations were adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2015.
Healy also serves as an adjunct professor in Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining the McCormick Foundation, he served as a social studies teacher at West Chicago Community High School and Sheboygan North High School.