“Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension” Book Study

Course Number: PLAT-SPRING-19-10
GL Account Number: 20.2212.805.0075.6131.00275.1.02105
Model: Certified Teacher
Type: Professional Learning Action Team Workshops
Beginning Date: 2/1/2019
Start Time: N/A
Location: VIRTUAL
Room: online
Sessions: 12
Instructor: AMANDA KELLY
Credits: 1
Course Stipend: Yes
Stipend Amount: $300.00
Salary Credits:
Clock Hours: 12
Course Description: “Being the Change” is based on the idea that people can develop skills and habits to serve them in the comprehension of social issues. The author, Sara K. Ahmed, identifies and unpacks the skills of social comprehension, providing teachers with tools and activities that help students make sense of themselves and the world as they navigate relevant topics in today’s society. In this course, we will read and reflect on each chapter as well as complete many of the engaging, transferable lessons found in the book and online. This is an online, self-paced, and 12 hour course combining book readings with powerful activities and opportunities to immediately implement strategies from the book. This course is appropriate for teachers at any grade level.

How will this workshop initiate a new study or extend work you have begun into the following school year?

Stage 1 - Desired Results: Enduring Understanding(s) & Essentials Question(s): EU: We can develop skills and habits to help us comprehend social issues and participate in relevant, transparent conversations. EU: Social comprehension is how we make meaning from and mediate our relationship with the world. EQ: How can teachers develop students’ skills and habits to comprehend social issues? EQ: What does it look like to be a compassionate and curious observer of the world?

Stage 1 - Desired Results: Knowledge & Skills Participants will know: how to apply and effectively use the principles of social comprehension How bias works Strategies for building community and empathy

Participants will be able to: effectively use the principles of social comprehension to their own perspective identify, interrupt, and confront bias in their own lives and classrooms Use strategies for building community and empathy define themselves and assert who they are with confidence Explore what is happening in the world and consider how identity shapes where we focus attention Use a mini-inquiry to learn more about a topic and examine how new information can change perspectives

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence: Completed Assignments (including but not limited to): Chapter reflections using the “I Used to Think, But Now I Think” chart Responses to Discussion questions Identity Web Stories of Our Names Where I’m From poems Understanding Microagressions Poem Analysis Identity Statements

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