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Elevating Educator Voices on Teaching Truth About Racism
5.0 (4 Reviews)
March 23, 2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Elevating Educator Voices on Teaching Truth About Racism


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Elevating Educator Voices on Teaching Truth About Racism


March 23, 2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT







English-Language Learners (ELL), Gifted and Talented, Students with Disabilities
Grade Level PreK, Grades K-12, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Our school children need access to culturally diverse curricula and materials – windows and mirrors for our nation’s increasingly diverse student body – and to learn the full and accurate history and current realities of racism in our nation, so they can work to end racism. Some states and districts have made strides in that direction in recent years. However, many states and localities, rather than moving toward culturally-affirming, truthful education, are succumbing to growing efforts to squash diverse, anti-racism education in schools around the country – called “anti-Critical Race Theory” or “anti-CRT” efforts. These efforts began gaining momentum in Spring 2021 and have since been metastasizing in states and districts across the nation. These efforts are continuing to spread, with 2022 state legislative sessions as a focal point. How can educator voices be elevated in these discussions, to ensure educators can teach -- and students can learn -- the truth about racism in the past and present, to become the change agents our nation needs to combat racism in the future? Join the Education Civil Rights Alliance and the National Center for Youth Law for specific tools and advice for educators to speak out in favor of teaching the truth about racism.


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Higher Ed Faculty

In 2013, Dr. Jemelleh Coes was nominated to represent Bulloch County as Teacher of the Year. She went on to become Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. She taught middle grades English/language arts and math in both the general and special education setting.

She is the Director of Teacher Leadership at Mount Holyoke College where she leads the program, develops curriculum, and provides professional development opportunities for teacher leaders. She is also a professor at the University of Georgia where she teaches future educators along with future professionals dedicated to disability advocacy. She also serves as a teacher mentor for classroom teachers throughout the state. In this capacity, she supports teachers with career development and special projects. Her work is about helping other educators grow. Through this, she is thankful to be able to learn from some of the most exciting and uniquely innovative educators in the country!

Her work has a laser focus on equity and disrupting traditional ways of engaging in education. She believes that equity is the thread that runs through everything!

Jemelleh says, “In the sweater of life, if you remove the equity thread, you can guarantee indecent exposure.” 

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SML Member
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As Educator Engagement Coordinator for the Education Civil Rights Alliance Convened by the National Center For Youth Law, Natasha  recruits and trains educators on key education equity issues and to speak out in the media and with policymakers. The primary objective of Natasha's work is to ensure that children have access to culturally diverse curricula and materials in school and can learn the full and accurate history and current realities of racism and other discrimination in our nation.

Prior to this role, Natasha taught high school social studies , and served as the Senior Policy Specialist for Resource Allocation for the Illinois State Board of Education.  She earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from University of IL, and a JD from Michigan State University, as well as a Certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown's McCort School of Public Policy.

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Abdul Wright is an Assistant Principal at a middle school in North Minneapolis. Prior to his current role, he taught Language Arts for ten years, and served a term as the Board Chair of Mastery Charter School in North Minneaoplis. Mr. Wright earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and Literature from Concordia University (2011), and later graduated from Hamline University with a Master’s degree in Education (2016). Mr. Wright received the Minneapolis PeaceMaker award from the City of Minneapolis (2015), along with the ‘You’ve Made a Difference’ award from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (2015 and 2016). He completed an African American Leadership program (2016) and was the recipient of the 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award, where he was recognized as the first black male to receive the honor, the youngest, and the first teacher from a charter school. Mr. Wright was also identified as a Minnesota African American Heritage Award Honoree in 2018

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 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.



Teaching the truth about racism (NCYL).pptx

March 23, 2022
7.51 MB

2022 #TeachTruth State Legislative Tracker.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
March 23, 2022
145.89 KB

Resources for Culturally Responsive Education.pdf

Handout, Worksheet
March 23, 2022
141.6 KB

Teaching the truth about racism (NCYL).pdf

Handout, Worksheet
March 23, 2022
2.95 MB
4 Reviews
Teachng Truth About Racism in the Classroom
This webinar was very informative and very helpful. It postulates the idea that teaching the truth in the classroom is going to challenged, rebuffed, and resisted in the highest way. But, with support, encouragement, and collaboration, the truth can be a symbol of a new way, a new approach, and a new directive at the school that settled scores and heals old wounds.
May 19, 2022
This webinar was extremely uplifting and empowering.
May 17, 2022
Important information
Nice resources shared for educators. Excellent presentation. Although I am partial as our Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2016 Abdul Wright presented!!
Kathryn Fairbanks
March 31, 2022
Lesson Review
A good lesson with quality information. I wished there would have been more tools to implement at my school... Fun tools for middle schoolers.
Karla Charles
March 28, 2022