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How to Create a Safe & Welcoming Environment during Divisive Times

How to Create a Safe & Welcoming Environment during Divisive Times
October 6, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
1.5 hours
Grade Level Grades K-12


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Fostering a More United America in Your PreK-12 Classroom 

Our classrooms reflect our communities and always need to be safe spaces for learning. How do you maintain that safe space for learning while respecting all of the opinions, backgrounds and perspectives students bring to the classroom?

Join the Albert Shanker Institute and Share My Lesson for an informative webinar with diverse educator voices offering ideas for creating and maintaining an identity-affirming learning environment. We'll discuss the importance of creating an intentional community and how to do it, including setting rules and responsibilities. We'll also address how having community can help address tough topics with students and their families. Finally, we'll cover how and why we must remember to humanize our students and ourselves--both what is practical and aspirational--and how we can be together despite disagreements.

This session is part of the series: A More United America: Teaching Democratic Principles and Protected Freedoms.

Professional Credit

Available for 1.5-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 now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.

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Public school teacher and proud member of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers (Local 1520). He has been an early childhood educator for the past 12 years and currently supports over 130 preschool classrooms as District Lead Teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools.  He is a national trainer for the American Federation of Teachers and adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio.   Mr. Calhoun recently served as a member of the Professional Governance Body Transition Committee to help create a governing board to support the implementation priorities developed through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Power to the Profession process.

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Amber Chandler is a National Board Certified middle school ELA teacher in Hamburg, New York with a Master’s Degree in Literature, as well as a School Building Leader certification. She is the 2018 Association for Middle Level Educators’ “Educator of the Year.” 

Amber has enjoyed a wide variety of teaching opportunities--from 6th grade remediation, to college courses, to education workshops on Differentiation, Danielson’s Domains, and Project Based Learning. No matter which level Amber is teaching, the goal is always the same: engage students to take charge of their own learning.

Amber’s blogs and articles have appeared in Middleweb, ShareMyLesson, Getting Smart, ASCD’s “Ideas From the Field,” Mom’s Rising, The EdVocate, AMLE magazine, as well as New York Teacher. She has served as a co-moderator for #WhatIsSchool education chat, as well as initiating the first #NYEdVoice Twitter chat as a New York Educator’s Voice Fellow. Amber has appeared as a guest on BAM! Radio Network to discuss the benefits of Project Based Learning, as well as webcasts for AMLE on the importance of teaching speaking and listening skills, and how to use artifacts to improve teacher evaluation in APPRs.

Amber was chosen from a nationwide search as one of a handful of panelist for Fordham’s “Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments” to evaluate how state assessments compare in their ability to assess Common Core Standards. She’s also served as a School Review Team member, offering her observations and expertise, particularly in the area of Project Based Learning.

Amber is an active AFT member as a ShareMyLesson Ambassador and participant in the Resource and Materials Development at the Summer Educators Academy. Amber also is a featured contributor for the AFT blog, “Classroom Voices.” She serves as the President for her local, Frontier Central Teachers Association.

To learn more about her work, check out Amber Chandler's website here.


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