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Friday, April 10 • 1:45pm - 3:10pm
FR1.45.07 Justice and Healing in Urban Education Demand an Attention to Story-telling.

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Racist structures and practices in American schools are both ancient and unrelenting. How do we expose what happens when issues of racism are marginalized or ignored in education? What are some first steps in raising those issues with educators so that they are moved to deeper critical reflection? How do we encourage active resistance to the perpetuation of racism in education? How do we explore the issue as an obstruction to building a real national and international democracy? One professor and three graduate students will discuss the practice of story-telling about racism, the epiphanies they experienced as a result of engaging in this discourse, and implications for classroom practice in urban cities. They will facilitate small group activities to engage the audience in this discussion. Objectives of the session: 1. To explore the dynamic and discoveries of intentional conversations among those who have experienced overt and/or covert racism in schools and universities both locally and globally. 2. To discuss schisms that often occur between African Americans and Black Caribbeans in some U.S. urban universities and in Caribbean countries 3. To begin a dialogue with the audience, first, about their own experience of lived or observed racism and, second, about the need to intentionally address racism in educational and community institutions. Our work draws on the wisdom of scholars/educators like bell hooks, Lisa Delpit, Asa G. Hilliard, III, Bob Moses, Charles Payne, Theresa Perry, and Joan Wynne. The practice this presentation will demonstrate can add to the body of literature about the power of story as a pedagogy for the democratic educator. Its research theory is based upon the goal of qualitative researchers to provide ways of understanding experience from the perspective of those who live it (Schwandt 1994).

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Laura Lubin

Doctoral Student, Instructional Designer II, Florida International University
Talk to me about Universal Design of instruction and learning in online higher education, accessibility in online education, and any topic that involves reducing barriers to and in education.
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Chaundra L Whitehead

Research Assistant, Florida International University
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Joan Wynne

Visiting Associate Professor, The Algebra Project
I'm passionate about teaching, children, my Sun-Daughter, husband, Mama2 daughters, family, friends and our small planet earth. I'm also committed to ridding schools of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. I love writing and research and I'm passionate about the work of the Algebra... Read More →


Myrna Augustin

Miami Dade County Public School System

Friday April 10, 2015 1:45pm - 3:10pm EDT
Raphael (2nd floor)