This is Soul Work: Teaching for Democracy

MCTE's Free Webinar Series 2020-2021
MCTE's Commitment to Advance Antiracist Programming

The Michigan Council of Teachers of English invites you to join us for a free webinar series during the 2020-2021 school year. The series will provide K-16 educators with tools to critically evaluate their beliefs, values, and practices and resources to design and enact antiracist pedagogies. All webinars are free and open to the public.

Book Talk: Letting Go of Literary Whiteness

August 2020

MCTE invites you to join Troy High School English teacher Val Valentino and teacher educator Carlin Borsheim-Black as they share their experiences and student work inspired by an antiracist and critical race orientation to (life and) teaching, as described in Letting Go of Literary Whiteness:Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students.

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This is Soul Work: Q and A with Dr. Carla Shalaby

November 2020

MCTE invites you to join a facilitated Q&A session with Dr. Carla Shalaby (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor). As the author of Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School, Dr. Shalaby challenges us to consider how we might model and teach for democracy as a fundamental part of our purpose as educators. She calls upon teachers to rethink school discipline and classroom management, contend with the relationship between teaching and the movement to abolish police and prisons, and reframe how we see “troublemakers” in our classrooms.

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Making Good Trouble: Moving Secondary Educators and Scholars Toward Anti Bias, Anti Racist Action

October 2020

During this historic time filled with issues of social unrest, many educators need the skills to discuss, educate, and expand the views of their young learners and their outlooks in the areas of race and bias. Two award-winning educators, Jessyca Mathews and Carrie Mattern from Flint Carman-Ainsworth, will share how they develop classrooms with an anti-bias, anti-racist lens. Participants will receive actionable steps to grow in this necessary work.

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Black(ness) Is, Black(ness) Ain’t: Critical Race English Education

January 28, 2021

In this presentation, Dr. Lamar Johnson employs Critical Race English Education as a theoretical framework to critique anti-Black racism and violence within language and literacy studies and English education while simultaneously providing a racial justice-oriented framework that sheds love on the inherent beauty in Blackness. Dr. Johnson discusses the theoretical lineage of CREE and the need for critical race theories and pedagogies in ELA classrooms.

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