4 Big Questions About

Racism and Education

Register Now at http://4BigQuestions.eventbrite.com.

Join us for a low-cost four-part, interactive, dialogue-based webinar series in which four racial justice educators discuss big questions about racial justice in education:

  1. What are the biggest barriers to racial justice in education? 

  2. What can we, as individuals, do to disrupt racism within education? What does action look like?

  3. What does accountability with respect to racial justice look like in education?

  4. What is the role of relationship, community, and partnership in racial justice work?

We primarily will be discussing these questions as they relate to education systems in Canada, but we believe much of the conversation will be relevant across national contexts.

See more information about the discussion leaders below or register here.

The Schedule

We will meet online via Zoom every Thursday evening in May 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM EST. That's four Thursdays: one for each of these four questions. 

Each week one of the four racial justice educators will share brief remarks (no more than 12 minutes) on that week's question before facilitating a conversation about the question among the three other educators. Participants will be able to pose questions to the group through the Zoom chat box, which will be monitored by that week's facilitator. 

The Racial Justice Educators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Register

Our Eventbrite registration page can be accessed here.

The registration fee is on a sliding scale between $50 and $100 for all four sessions with a special $25 rate for students and community activists. We also have scholarships for people who would like to participate but who cannot afford these fees.

Contact Us

You can reach us at 4questions@edchange.org

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An award-winning expert on equity, inclusion and diversity, Kike specializes in developing, facilitating and implementing innovative solutions for creating equity at an institutional level. A dynamic speaker and educator who artfully balances tact and honesty, Kike has over 20 years of experience leading engaging and effective workshops, lectures, mediations, and trainings for a broad range of organizations eager to create equitable outcomes for their staff and clients.

In addition to her equity work with Kojo Institute, Kike is a member of the Ontario Human Rights Community Advisory Committee, was formerly the senior facilitator for the province of Ontario’s carding review team, and formerly the project lead for One Vision One Voice, a first-of-its-kind initiative tasked with addressing anti-Black racism in the child welfare system. Of particular note, Kike is a former secondary school teacher and has since supported a number of Boards of Education throughout Ontario. http://www.kojoinstitute.com

Founder and Principal Consultant, Kojo Institute

Kike Ojo-Thompson

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I am a mother, a daughter, a partner, an auntie, a niece, a cousin, a granddaughter and a sister. I am a coach and a lifelong learner who seizes every opportunity possible to grow as a person and an educator. Currently, my interests are focused in decolonizing instructional practice to create amazing spaces for learning for all (especially Indigenous youth). I know this is a journey and have to acknowledge that this is rooted within the colonial/ western structure we have all adopted as a system in public education. I believe with intentional practice, learning and facilitation we can support leaders and decision makers to shift their pedagogical practice to better serve all of our students and families. 

 

I love working alongside and in service of our youth and I am committed to being a strong advocate and accomplice for them.

Anishinaabe-kwe from Batchewana First Nation

Pamala Agawa

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Dr Debbie Donsky is an educator and mother who puts relationships at the centre of all that she does building learning communities founded on an authentic commitment to anti-oppressive practices. Debbie works to create environments that honour people’s voices, ideas and aspirations, by dismantling barriers and creating spaces of possibility through her leadership, blogging, art and commitment to social justice. Debbie believes that it is only through authentic relationships that change can actually happen. When Debbie was nine years old, she was selected and won a pumpkin carving contest where her only tool was a plastic knife. She went home with first prize--a $10 gift card for Tiny Togs but didn’t fit into anything. It was then that Debbie learned that fitting in was not her life’s work. You can learn more about her on her website: https://debbiedonsky.com.

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Debbie Donsky

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Paul is an activist, educator, and author focusing on equity and justice issues in education. He’s the son of a badass mom—she’s a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, so don’t mess with her—and the brother of a badass sister. Perhaps most importantly he’s the roommate of Buster, his cat. He’s been played many different education roles, from assistant director of a school district equity office to his present role as coordinator of the Equity Literacy Institute (http://EquityLiteracy.org). He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, but seems to spend a lot of time in Ontario. Like his mom, he’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as a published poet and a former DJ. 

Founder, Equity Literacy Institute

Paul Gorski