Language and understanding of identity are quickly changing. Not long ago if we admitted we had bias it was quickly linked to being discriminatory causing a complete rejection of the conversation often worded as "But I am a good person so I can't be biased". We are now understanding that because we are people we are biased.
At the same time, what is normal for kids today is not the same as it was for most adults. Most middle schoolers do not remember before it was legal to be gay or lesbian and be married, before we had a black president, or before black lives matter. Most elementary schoolers do not remember a time before the resurgence of the women's movement, 'transgender' was a commonly used word, and before commercials and all forms of media cast people of multiple races, ethnicities, family constellations, and more. This course will explore all of these frameworks and more!
Participants will be able to:
- Explore current language use and understandings
- Develop a plan for their own growth and development
- Gain strategies for having meaningful conversations even when challenged by the topic.
Who Should Attend
Staff serving children, school staff, parents, librarians, anyone who wants to learn and grow more.
Jen Cort is an educational consultant working with schools around the Country on equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice. Jen is a clinical social worker and former middle school principal. She is the host of the podcast "Third Space" bringing together diversity practitioners to share ideas, thoughts, and strategies.
ALSC offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups.
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How to Register
If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Kristen Figliulo.
If you are not an ALSC member, please use the links below to purchase the webinar archive through the ALA Store:
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