Guiding Difficult Conversations About Race and Identity
How can teachers create a safe and supportive classroom space in which to discuss difficult issues? How can teachers guide significant discussions on race and identity? These are questions that facilitators of professional development must ask themselves when their school district’s focus is on access and equity. This workshop will include interactive and engaging activities to demonstrate ways to shift perceptions and help classroom teachers recognize their own identity and the relationship between the individual and society. Participants will leave with effective strategies to develop substantial dialogue among students.
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Dr. Silver oversees the District's professional development plan implementation. Dr. Silver and the Upper Merion Area School District received the "2019 Moral and Courageous Commitment to Equity Award" from Cabrini University Center for Urban Education, Equity, & Improvement. In addition, Dr. Silver is an Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She prepares graduate students for roles in curriculum and instruction, pupil services, and educational leadership.