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Social Justice & Student Voice
Prepared for Conference to Restore Humanity! 2023 by Andratesha Fritzgerald
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Blend together and understand the framework of universal design for learning (UDL) and anti-racism.
This course offers a comprehensive exploration of anti-racism principles intertwined with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Participants will learn to create inclusive educational environments by leveraging UDL strategies while fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion through anti-racist practices.
Racial Equity Tools
Advice for New Social Justice Educators: “I Wish I Had Known”
Design for a Welcoming and Affirming Environment
Racial equity work is built on a foundation of accountability. This accountability requires a shared understanding of critical definitions. After reviewing the materials, what are some definitions that you struggle with or can expound upon?
How do you define racial equity? What has been your personal level of accountability with racial outcomes? As you reflect on the design of educational systems in America, what do you wish you would have known earlier in your educational journey?
What are ways that schools have caused humiliation to Black learners? What are ways that school have caused humiliation to learners who have been traditionally and historically marginalized? What design elements must be present to hold our systems accountable and build for excellence with learners who have been traditionally and historically marginalized?
Support cannot be one size fits all.
Instruction cannot be one way or no way.
Assessment cannot be built for just one set of skills.
How to Embed Antiracism into Universal Design for Learning on Leading Equity Podcast with Sheldon Eakins
High Expectations https://vimeo.com/832349825
James Baldwin’s ABC Interview, 1979
Cult of Pedagogy - If Equity is a Priority, UDL is a Must
Wheel of Power and Privilege by Sylvia Duckworth
Clint Smith’s Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class
Decisions - Have you decided to pursue the path of antiracism? What was your point of decision? Indecision is also a decision.
Is your decision of being an antiracist educator evident in your design? In your planning, support, pedagogical decision making, instruction and assessments is racism a barrier that you are designing to both eliminate and eradicate in your teaching? What does that look like for you?
Standing against racism means that we stand against oppression in any form. How is the status quo disturbed because of your decisions?
How are engagement and high expectations connected to antiracism in your decision and design? Define engagement. How does your learning community define engagement and high expectations? Are those definitions shared by learners? Crafted by learners?
In the Article How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace by Robert Livingston, zoom into the graphic - A Road Map for Racial Equity
Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning - Andratesha Fritzgerald as a guest on The Balance with Catlin Tucker
Race in the Classroom: Seeing Color by Valyn Lyric Turner
Robert Livingston’s article says, “Understanding an ailment’s roots is critical to choosing the best remedy.”
Take some time to walk through his road map:
Do I understand what the problem is and where it comes from? Do I care (enough) about the problem and the people it harms? Do I know how to correct the problem and am I willing to do it?
Listening is key to antiracist instruction. How are you using your power to honor learners? Is there intentional listening built into your design?
What stage of development best describes your learning institution? How is there a push for change? Describe your personal connection to accountability, engagement, decision making and design. How are these actions linked to anti-racism and anti-oppression instructionally, institutionally, and societally?
Merging Universal Design for Learning and Antiracism takes both intention and effort. Review your decision and design to see where engagement, representation and action/expression can tear down the barrier of racism in your pedagogical and instructional decisions.
Creating a Culture of Radical Candor in Schools Can Help Address Inequities by Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak
Yale Poorvu Center Considerations for Antiracist Teaching
Humanity, Healing and Doing the Work by Crystal L. Keels
Donald Black Jr’s articulation of how racism impacts his art.
View some of his images in a series entitled, “Keep Your American Dream.”
Taking a Stand Against Discriminatory School Policies by Kwame Sarfo-Mensah
If equity is to become a universal truth in our outcomes, what must instruction begin to look like?
Antiracism requires Radical Candor. What tools do you use to start conversations rooted in caring deeply and challenging directly?
As you move from awareness to action, take time to ponder these question to guide your professional learning, from the article:
What issues are you highlighting? What issues are you allowing to hide in plain sight?
Whose voice is the loudest? Whose voice is being silenced?
What barriers are you knocking down? Who or what in your learning organization has been holding the barriers up?
Are you ready to face the truth? Are you ready to hear a truth that may be different from your own?
Donald Black Jr says, “Art is the answer to the question no one is asking?” He probes deeper and asks himself, “What question is my work an answer to?” How does his photography unveil racism in America? How does this connect to the question your educational work is answering?
In becoming an antiracist, how have you become the subject of the work as part of the remedy to racism?
When the talk turns into the walk - hope is born! The art of your work is proof that equity can become a reality. Our decisions and our designs must be held up to the light of accountability and outcomes to prove that the doom loop can be destroyed with productive rebellion, designed disruption and honoring those who we serve.
Our decisions and designs are truly antiracist and universally designed when success becomes accessible to ALL!