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Addressing Racial Equity in our Adult Education Classrooms, Programs, and the Field

This three-part series of webinars will examine the way implicit racial bias shows up in adult education and how it creates inequity for learners. First, we will look at implicit bias — what it is and how we can both face it and work constructively to change it. Second, we will share classroom materials and strategies that will both teach about equity in the context of basic skills and make your classroom more inclusive and relevant to all. In our third and final webinar, we will showcase programs that have made changes to make racial equity a key part of its program practices. And we will highlight several areas in the field (funding, reporting, etc.), show where the implicit bias exists, and suggest ways of dealing with them. The webinars will take place during the last three Tuesdays in April — the 13th, 20th, and 27th. You can attend any or all of the webinars.

Webinar 1: April 13, 2021, 4:00 to 5:30 PM ET, “Implicit Bias”
Implicit bias shows up in all individuals, organizations, and institutions. This webinar will investigate how racial bias shows up in ourselves and in our field, and we will propose solutions — some short-term and some long-term.

Presenter: Cynthia Peters, Editor of The Change Agent magazine

Webinar 2: April 20, 2021, 4:00 to 5:30 PM ET, “Classroom Strategies for Talking about Race”
In this interactive webinar, we will share ideas about how to use relevant, student-written content to help students understand topics like race, racism, inequity, inequality; how to use this understanding to navigate their lives in the United States; and how these conversations can build stronger connections between students.

Presenter: Cynthia Peters, Editor of The Change Agent magazine, and Riva Pearson, ESOL teacher at JVS in Boston

Webinar 3: April 27, 2021, 4:00 to 5:30 PM ET, “Action Steps for Programs and the Field Addressing Racial Equity”
In this webinar, we offer various steps that programs and the field can take to move towards equity in adult education. We will explore how you can use orientation and other program-wide policies and practices, along with hiring and staffing policies, that help you address equity. We will also investigate how we can advocate for changes in our field that will help reduce racial inequity.

Presenters: Carmine Stewart, President and CEO of Aspire Consulting and Educational Services, and Vice President of Programming at Seeds of Literacy in Cleveland, Ohio

Register for the series.