#ECC16 Workshop Materials: Critical Theory: A Vehicle for Social Justice

Critical Theory: A Vehicle for Social Justice
Ariel Maloney, Tanya Trayer, Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School
Participants will learn how to introduce critical literary theory, specifically focusing on Gender Theory, Social Class Theory, and Critical Race Theory, as a strategy to improve student engagement and their literacy and analytical skills. Participants will receive a “crash course” in theory, as well as many materials to help scaffold students’ learning about theory in the classroom. We will apply these strategies with the group, using a combination of nonfiction, poetry, film, and the play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Critical Theory – A Vehicle for Social Justice (handout)

Critical Theory- A Vehicle for Social Justice (slideshow)

#ECC16 Workshop Materials: The Power of Storytelling: Maximize Your Ability to Reach and Teach More

The Power of Storytelling: Maximize Your Ability to Reach and Teach More
Edward WalkerPresident, Independent Consultants in Education (I.C.E.)
Storytelling taps into our imagination, engages those around us, and inspires amazing achievement. This workshop encourages educators to utilize the power of storytelling and make a connection with their students that marries the personal, social, and professional levels – humanizing the educator-student relationship! In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate the power of storytelling, illustrate the possibilities of connectivity, and arm audience members with helpful tidbits to take with them back into the classroom.

The Power of Storytelling

#ECC16 Workshop Materials: Embracing and Cultivating Diverse Voices in the Classroom: What Allies Can Do

Embracing and Cultivating Diverse Voices in the Classroom: What Allies Can Do
Beth Herman-Davis, Mind the Gaps, Jake Sugerman
Teachers must change their practices to meet the needs of diverse students who experience a reality that is different from that of the culture, language, and beliefs of their instructor, school, and mainstream society. Through the presentation, participants will gain valuable insight in the ways that critical pedagogy and the inclusion of student voice can guide curriculum planning.  Additionally, participants will briefly dialogue about teaching (and learning) from diverse students, engage in individual and small-group activities, which highlight critical pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching, and reaffirm the value of repositioning themselves as learners in the classroom to elevate students’ voices.

Materials: Iceberg



#ECC16 Workshop Materials:The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders

The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders
Chandra Banks, Jennifer Sloan Green, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
HBCUs for over a decade have provided students of color a means to obtain a first rate education.  Additionally, the vast accomplishments and legacy of HBCU alumni is unmatched.  In this workshop, we will provide a brief overview of some of the most noteworthy HBCU alumni and ways HBCUs prepare future leaders. Participants will also focus on how HBCUs create culturally relevant community and family engagement practices, promote strategies of self-care and sustainability, and produce Black STEM graduates.

The Significance of HBCUs and their Role in Shaping Future Black Leaders-ECC16

#ECC 16 Materials: STEM as a Means to Engage Young Learners

STEM as a Means to Engage Young Learners
Reverend Dr. F. Lee Jones, Alex Hartley, Beverly Ann Rock RED STEM Network
Our workshop will discuss the need for schools to engage students and how STEM/STEAM is one way to achieve this engagement. We will discuss two different examples of using STEM to engage students and give participants an opportunity to brainstorm ways to use stem in their classroom or with their children. The content of this workshop is geared to educators of Early Childhood-Grade 3.


#ECC16 Workshop Materials: Defining a Personal Vision for Self-Care for Educators

Defining a Personal Vision for Self-Care for Educators
Loreto Paz Ansaldo, Boston Public Schools, Activist Calendar
Why is it essential to take care of ourselves as educators of color? What might it look like in practice? We will work together to develop personal visions of self-care and identify concrete resources for supporting our needs and sustaining success. Participants will also take away a resource packet to extend the journey for continued self-care beyond our time together.

Resources workshop adapted for journal entries and Resource Packet – Self Care Bibliography, Journal Prompts, Yoga and Medidation


Resource Packet – Self Care Bibliography, Journal Prompts, Yoga and Medidationworkshop adapted for journal entries

#ECC16: Follow-Up Materials, Including Readings Recommended by Dr. Theresa Perry

YOU did it!!! Thank you for making the first Educators of Color Conference more successful than any of us could have dreamed. As promised, we are in the process of posting follow-up materials as they become available. In the meantime, a few items:

  • Please, please, please be sure to take five minutes and complete the evaluation form, available here: http://goo.gl/forms/yfjY2FYIbRtJBv0o2

There are lots of amazing photos by Larry Aronson on the FB site. Please check them out, tag yourself, relive the experience.

Articles recommended by Theresa Perry are below.

Vanessa Siddle-Walker: Caswell County Training School, 1933-1969 [Article: walker_caswell county]

Geoffrey Cohen, Providing Supportive Feedback [Article: Cohen2008pp82-84]

James Anderson Lecture [Article: Anderson lecture transcript #1 3-1.14.07]

Katherine Capshaw Smith, Constructing a Shared History: Black Pageantry for Children During the Harlem Renaissance [Article: 27.smith]

James Anderson, The Historical Context for Understanding the Test Score Gap [Article: Anderson 1 – History_of_Achievement_Gap

James Anderson, A Long Shadow: The American Pursuit of Political Justice and Education Equality [Article: EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER-2015-Anderson-319-35]

Geoffrey Cohen and Claude Steele, A Barrier of Mistrust: How Negative Stereotypes Affect Cross-Race Mentoring [Article: Cohen-Steele-1 (1)]

All for now, thank you, thank you, thank you!




Twas the Night Before the #ECC16

Hello everyone: This is it! We are looking forward to being affirmed and sustained with you tomorrow at the conference.

Some friendly reminders:

  • Remember to take public transportation or car pool.
  • Remember to bring a water bottle (we have fountains aplenty).
  • Remember that even if you happened not to register, you can register on-site for the morning conference (but not for Chris Emdin, unfortunately).
  • Remember to use social media: ‪#‎ECC16‬.
  • Remember to bring any biz/calling cards so folks can keep in touch.
  • Remember to select your workshops on-site.
  • Remember to be patient with us and to have a sense of humor, as we are new to this, too.
  • Remember to relax and simply enjoy being in a space that values who you are and what you bring.We cannot wait to see you.

Presenter Update: 6/2/16 #ECC16

In preparation for the conference, we offer the following information to help presenters:

  • Please bring your presentation on a thumb drive or Google Docs. There is public internet, but we strongly suggest you have your presentation accessible in one of those formats. Computers that run on Windows platforms are available in all presenter rooms.
  • Please estimate attendance for your workshop for 40 attendees. There are no on-site photocopy machines; thus, if you need handouts, please make and bring them. Additionally, please be ready to share any websites, Twitter handles, etc. if you would like to share your materials electronically.
  • If you rearrange your presentation room, you are responsible for returning the room to its original configuration.
  • If you’re using social media, please use the hash tag #ECC16

And, as always, if you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help! Thank you for helping us make an excellent event.


Kim, Michelle, and Deandra
Conference Co-Chairs