AASSA Connect Workshop Series: Beyond Performance: The Work of Equity and Justice in International S
Join Alysa Peyrreras
Session 1: October 8, 2020
Session 2: October 15, 2020
Session 3: October 22, 2020
Session 4: October 29, 2020
Session 5: November 12, 2020
School Leaders & Teacher Leaders
*Limited to 30 participants
Session 1: Comfort with Discomfort
As a community of learners we will establish common understanding and norms in order to deepen our work together in community In this session, participants will begin by building a common understanding with terms necessary in the work of justice. Participants will also be provided space to engage with one another to unpack the discomfort with certain terms in order to build their own comfort and deepen their understanding: Terms such as privilege, white supremacy, anti blackness, colonialism, heteronormativity and patriarchy will be explored. Participants will also engage in thinking around what growth mindset means in anti bias /anti racist work
Session 2: Systems Thinking and Dominant Narratives
As a community of learners we will deepen our understanding of how systems of oppression function and how this should shape our approach in international schools. In this session, participants will begin to understand injustice and oppression as integrated systems, not just individual acts, through the 4 I’s of Oppression Framework. Furthermore, participants will engage in exploration of how individual implicit bias and mental models are intertwined within policies and culture through the Iceberg Model. Participants will apply the frameworks to their own international communities.
Session 3: Staying in the Work
As a community of learners, participants will develop tools specific to addressing those who try to derail the work of justice. In this session, participants will explore some of the common defensive behaviors that stand in the way of authentic justice work. Participant will not only be provided a framework to recognize and combat said defensive behaviors but will also be provided a space to apply their learning by examining scenarios that may come up in engaging in this work in international school communities.
Session 4: Educational Justice: What it is and What it Looks Like
As a community of learners, participants will examine where our education systems work as a tool of oppression In this session, participants will build the knowledge necessary to recognize where systems of oppression, such as white supremacy and anti blackness, live within educational structures. Participants will also explore tools on how to actively begin to dismantle them, both in the classroom and as school leaders, as well as the desired outcomes and benefits of doing this work, especially in privileged spaces.
Session 5: Transactional allyship vs Transformative Justice
As a community of learners, participants will apply a framework designed to move the actions of organizations from transactional allyship to transformative justice In this session, participants will be provided a specific framework to shift the conversation of justice from intention to impact.Through this framework, participants will explore where their current institution is and how they might begin to shift the work from performance to transformative change.