These sessions work best as a series with concentrated time for departments to apply the learning in between sessions or as an introduction to key concepts prior to an intensive.
Workshops for each stage of your
justice-centered curriculum development journey
Designing Appropriately Challenging Curriculum
Participants will learn the features of personalized learning and differentiation with specific attention on the difference between modifying assessments and standards versus providing accommodations to support students in completing grade-level standards-aligned assessments. We also discuss the importance of building relationships with students as a means to meaningfully personalize instruction. Participants will explore strategies and plan for how to personalize an upcoming lesson or unit with high expectations and high support.
Designing Curriculum that Inspires Students to Create
Participants will identify their course priority standards and define what proficiency looks like for each standard, forming the beginnings of their course-long rubric. They will outline an idea (i.e., Driving Question and possible submission formats) for a summative project-based assessment for an upcoming unit.
Facilitating Space for Authentic Student Voice
Participants will learn what it means to provide opportunities for meaningful student voice. They will explore a variety of high-leverage student-centered protocols across four protocol purposes (text-based, discussion-based, peer feedback, and independent learning protocols) and plan to embed at least one student-centered protocol into an upcoming lesson or unit. Throughout the workshop, participants will also engage in several of the learner-centered protocols they are learning about.
Designing Lessons that Affirm Students' Identities
Participants will learn about multiple aspects of identity and the concept of intersectionality. We will identify reliable, go-to sources for “texts” (e.g., articles, primary sources, videos, images) to use with students. We will also discuss how to facilitate class discussions about current events and issues of injustice while upholding the dignity of and supporting the sense of belonging for all students.
Facilitating Conversations on Current Events and Issues of In/Justice
Participants will learn protocols to co-create class agreements, setting the foundation for discussing issues of injustice. We will practice creating discussion questions that engage students without putting dignity or settled facts up for debate, and identify digital “text libraries” for current and historical resources related to current event topics about in/justice. Participants will leave equipped with ideas for how to respond to challenging situations before, during, and after a class discussion and having identified at least one way to build their own discussion skills.