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Affirming Students in Identity-Safe Classrooms
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March 22, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Affirming Students in Identity-Safe Classrooms


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Affirming Students in Identity-Safe Classrooms


March 22, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT






About This Webinar

Students flourish when their social identities, including race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, are affirmed and valued as assets rather than barriers to learning. Research on identity safe teaching demonstrated that when diversity is cultivated as a resource for learning, students feel identity safe, like school more, and achieve at higher levels. Further, the study provided evidence that all students benefit from embracing diversity and practicing empathy and acceptance.

Recently, media sources have spread misinformation about identity, diversity, and SEL, claiming these practices are divisive. These attitudes promote color-blind teaching that ignores differences and harms students of color and others with diverse backgrounds. This interactive 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference workshop will provide evidence-based approaches to create identity safety and address stereotype threat, racism, and all forms of bias, focusing on:

  • The definition of identity safety and practices, drawn from the research
  • Supporting students of color, multilingual and LGBTQ+ students
  • Strategies to strengthen students’ academic identities
  • How to clarify misconceptions about diversity, equity, and inclusion and communicate the value of identity safe teaching to parents/guardians

Students of all backgrounds reach their full potential in identity safe schools where they feel a sense of belonging and inclusion.


Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD, spent over 35 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent in rural, urban, and suburban districts. In each setting, she focused on educational equity and effective strategies for diverse populations. Becki is the co-author of three books on identity safe schools, including the best-selling book “Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn.” In addition, she served as the director of Not In Our School, teaching students to become upstanders who stand up against racism, bullying, and all forms of bias. She was hosted at the White House by President Obama’s education staff and has worked in over 150 schools across the U.S. Dr. Cohn-Vargas is currently an independent consultant and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Website:

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Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved professional development provider, and a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved professional development provider.



Share My Lesson Webinar PPT March 2023 - MKV.pdf

March 22, 2023
8.85 MB

Affirming Identity Safety Participant Guide Feb 26 SML March 2023 - MKV.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
March 22, 2023
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1 Reviews
Identity-Safe Classrooms are so Important!
This session was very informative and helpful in providing guidance for creating more welcoming and safe classrooms.
Megan Ortmeyer
March 23, 2023