I offer educators anti-bias & anti-racism workshops: open to all.

 

 

 

Workshops are designed for educators working in all settings including early childhood, religious education, after-school programs, K-12, public and private schools, and teacher education programs at colleges and universities.

 

 

My workshop style is "learning by doing," honoring your educator's entry point into anti-bias antiracism. Educators spend the bulk of their time exploring a range of hands-on lessons to deepen their knowledge and practice. Participants are empowered to be full shareholders in their learning journey by engaging in small group active movement; this is not a "sit and get." Expect to learn the language of inequality, identify practices you want to change,  create a self-study for action and join a community of accomplices. Participants will have time to ask questions, share concerns and request specific resources they need to continue this work. 

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS  

Introduction to Anti-bias Education 

One-Day Foundational

 

Private office hours included 

All Are Welcome

Investment:

$5,000 + travel

(outside of Greater Houston) 

In this introductory workshop, adults work to develop critical cultural consciousness (an understanding of and respect for their own identities and cultural values as well as for those of others) within their teaching practice. An interactive workshop designed to empower educators to utilize anti-bias education. The training equips members with a common language to assist with navigating discussions around diversity and justice in the classroom. Participants will leave with an understanding of how children develop racial and ethnic prejudices early in life, how to identify stereotypes, how to respond to pre-prejudice, and the tools to combat explicit and implicit biases. Participants will develop begin to create a developmentally appropriate anti-bias environment. Activities are practiced throughout the workshop to promote further understanding.

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Anti-racism 

One-Day Intermediate​

*All Are Welcome

Private office hours included 

 

Investment:

$5,000 + travel

(outside of Greater Houston) 

This introductory workshop launches US-based educators into anti-racist practices through a historic context. In this introductory workshop, adults work to develop a liberatory consciousness, the process of developing an awareness that identifies the continuation of oppression and the recognition of privilege. Participants will explore the timeline of race and racism in education as a critical component for understanding racial inequities and structural racism. Structural racism involves the cumulative and compounding effects of an array of societal factors including the history, culture, ideology, and interactions of institutions and policies that systematically privilege the dominant culture. From there, activities are practiced to promote further understanding of equity and inclusion principles. In this level two workshop, educators move from reacting to stereotypes to proactively addressing misconceptions and designing culturally belonging in their classroom. Workshop participants will learn by experiencing a range of lessons using critical engagement, differentiated instruction, and cooperative learning groups. 

 

Implementing Anti-bias/Anti-racist

Routines & Procedures

Two-Day Intensive 

All Educators Welcome

Private office hours included 

Investment:

$10,000 + travel

(outside of Greater Houston) 

Imagine a classroom where learners are actively engaged with their peers, moving with purpose, and trusting themselves to complete their work. Implementing Anti-bias Anti-racist routines and procedures is a two-day workshop for action-orientated educators ready to move from theory to practice. Educators learn how to use the environment as a tool for classroom management and academic engagement by designing a dynamic physical space that promotes independence, collaboration, and social-emotional security. The goal is for learners to feel confident and prepared to work as if the educator did not exist and to prepare culturally aware and active educators. Depending on your staff's starting point, educators will either participate in the Introduction to Anti-bias Education or the Introduction to Anti-racism on day one. Day two, educators will create a welcoming and inclusive physical space and develop anti-biased routines and procedures promoting a positive learning environment. 

Building An Anti-bias Book Collection

Add-on

 

3.5 Hours

Classroom educators and librarians welcome

*Investment:

$2,000

An anti-bias book collection is a living, breathing collection of stories that provide a balance of fictional and informational texts. For our younger readers, books will be a mirror for our learners, it will affirm their stories, experiences and identities. Our book collection will also be a window, it will show them multiple perspectives, different experiences and diverse identities. Windows, mirrors and sliding glass doors is a concept created by Rudine Sims Bishop and can be utilized across disciplines. In this half-day workshop, educators will leave with the skills to critically choose books, build anti-bias lessons and analyze their current book collection.  

An Examination of Social Identities and Language  

Add-on

 

3.5 Hours

All Educators Welcome

*Investment:

$2,000

Every individual has a personal and a social identity which guides their day-to-day decisions and experiences. This half-day workshop focuses on deepening self-awarenesses, unpacking learned misconceptions and stereotypes, and developing accurate language for others. Educators will increase their awareness and understanding of their own social (group) identities and examine what they have learned about differences, connection, and their own comfort level across lines of human diversity. Educators will complete and three part social identity portrait. 

Anti-bias Education for Families  

Add-on

 

2 Hours 

Families + Community Members

All Are Welcome

 

*Investment:

$1,500

When we commit to collectively talking about fairness, equality, and justice with young children, we begin to envision a world in which not only children, but all people are treated with dignity; free from the burden of unfair assumptions based on a single characteristic. It becomes a world where we actively challenge racism and bias each and every day. The goals of this family and community presentation are to dismantle the color-blind assumption and prepare children to work toward justice. This presentation shares concrete ways families can support their children’s developing racial and ethnic identities. Families learn how to empower their children, affirm their numerous identities, and accept differences. 

ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR  

Britt Hawthorne is a nationally recognized equity education trainer on diversity, inclusion, and justice. Britt partners with action-oriented educators, helping them to plan their next steps for creating classroom environments that are inclusive and equitable for all learners. Her work seeks to move justice from being an idea to the authentic culture. 

Thank you for making me a better teacher. You not only changed my life, but the lives of the children I teach now and in the future. I value the real world examples and connections to teaching that Britt was able to use in her presentation. I felt more connected to her because of her background in teaching and her shared commitment to anti-bias education.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

—  Kasey Vice, Early Childhood Teacher

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