Are you interested in helping diversify the teacher workforce and help high school and community college students explore the possibilities of teaching as an act of social justice? Apply to join our team! The IUE is looking for a dynamic educator to help coordinate our teacher pipeline programs!
IUE presents a webinar providing educators with information about Anti-Racist classroom practices, including a brief historical context, information about culturally responsive, culturally relevant and anti-racist teaching strategies and tips. The webinar concludes with a panel discussion of current educators in Kansas City area schools and organizations.
Facilitators: Dr. Brad Poos and Jennifer Fergerson, Institute for Urban Education at UMKC
Panelists: Kirsten Brown, Crossroads Academy Charter School; Susana Elizarraraz, Latinx Education Collaborative; Chaur Jacobson, Turner High School; La’Shawna Wilson, West Park Elementary, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
UMKC School of Education’s Institute for Urban Education (IUE) offers guidance on creating culturally inclusive classroom environments for all students. Read the suggestions for creating culturally inclusive classroom environments.
As part of our commitment to education across Kansas City and in response to the binary pandemics we find ourselves experiencing, this summer the IUE will sponsor a 4-part webinar series. These “Voices in Education” sessions will offer insight and information for teachers as they prepare for the new school year. The webinars will offer tools, strategies and resources as well as highlight best practices from Kansas City area teachers.
As we confront an uncertain time, our focus in the IUE remains centered on equality and social justice. This crisis is exacerbating deeply rooted social inequalities. We are encouraged to see local schools thinking creatively about providing meals for families who rely on schools for sources of nutrition—we must continue to ensure that families who are food insecure continue to get what they need. As well, the movement to online learning is highlighting the digital divide in our metro area and around the country.
My heart aches as I try to write a message of support and care to our community as we experience a culmination of centuries of injustice and the darkest hour in modern times. While I know that the pain cannot be lessened by words, we want you to know that we, in the IUE, stand in solidarity with each of you, with communities of color and all who have been (and continue to be) marginalized and oppressed. In this hour in particular, we stand with our Black community on whom the trauma of the recent events has largely fallen. We affirm our commitment to preparing and supporting teachers for America’s richly diverse communities and we recognize the importance of our role as educators in tearing down systemic barriers that have long resulted in educational inequities.