Teaching and learning happen within cultural, political, and social circumstances. As much as we want to deny it, we all have biases based on our life experiences. Each of us — teachers and students alike — enter classrooms from different perspectives and points of view. We must learn to negotiate those differences to better understand each other and our worlds, and to advocate for a better, more equitable future. To do so, we need to build a set of social and cultural literacies via multicultural education, social justice education, and culturally responsive pedagogy that help us navigate difficult conversations, acknowledgBlock E – October 28, 7:00 PMe and challenge bias and prejudice, create inclusive classroom spaces, and fight for social justice.
This session will showcase hand-picked, regularly updated resources to help educators better understand and practice these important social and cultural literacies in the future.
Presenter Bio: Jennifer Ehehalt is the Senior Regional Manager at Common Sense Education. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in education. She continues to partner with state-level organizations, school districts, and community organizations across the nation to help integrate Common Sense education resources. Jennifer provides educational leadership through consultation with school districts, professional development, and conference presentations. Jennifer sits on the Advisory Council for Kidsburgh and is a champion for Remake Learning Days Across America. Jennifer has a B.S in Elementary Education and an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership.