Drawing from Sara's books, Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry ( co-authored with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels), participants will learn to center identity, and leverage the social skills and habits necessary to examine real issues by participating in relevant, transparent conversations.
In this session, we will focus specifically on social identities and how they impact the way we see our students. Sara will lead participants through literacy workshop style exercises that can be taken back into the classroom or professional growth meeting. We will also discuss how being candid with students and inquiring into biases and perspectives help us consider the ways we respond to our respective worlds—the classroom or playing field, social media, or our own dinner tables. Come prepared to consider your own identities, your students’ identities and how social comprehension has a direct impact on all that we do as educators and human beings.