Speaking Up: How to Respond to Everyday Bias and Stereotypes

November 13 & 14, 2022 

Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, 90035 (parking is free)

Bias language heard in schools includes slurs, put-downs, negative labels, and jokes that rely on stereotypes for their humor. Adults and students struggle to respond and interrupt in a timely manner. This PD supports learning how to be firm and confident, knowing that you are creating a positive school climate where all children feel welcome by identifying and interrupting bias. Using a variety of school-based scenarios and discussion prompts, participants will practice strategies to speak up from positions of authority and to authority in the classroom, hallways, common areas, and other school settings. You will analyze how location and relationship dynamics influence one’s courage to speak up, differentiate intent and impact, and ultimately commit to speaking up effectively, every time.

This interactive advanced professional development retreat is for teachers, administrators, and all school personnel to gain tools and learn strategies for interrupting biased language, put-downs, and shaming based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

Sessions at the Museum include custom tours, special speakers such as a Holocaust Survivor and/or Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine, and/or other witnesses to history. You will also be hosted by facilitators and divided into small groups for facilitated dialogue and debrief with peers. The workshops are led by anti-bias education expert Sara Wicht, using a variety of interactive modalities and small break-out groups.

Lunch and materials are included for Free.  This program is covered by a grant from the State of CA and offers travel assistance, one night of hotel, and ground transportation. Learn more here.

Day 1: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Day 2: 8:15am - 4:30pm

*All courses are eligible for CEU credits.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

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