Building Community and Responding to Discrimination: An Introduction to Social Emotional Learning and Anti-Discrimination Response Training

03/16/2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Grade levels:
All Grade Levels, Professional Development, Higher ed
Content areas:
All Content Areas
SEL, Social Emotional Learning
Lewis and Clark Graduate School

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of both Anti-Discrimination Response Training (ART) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

Anti-Discrimination Response Training (ART) is a witness-centered, group-based social skills approach, helping trainees to develop the verbal and behavioral skills necessary to respond to different instances of discrimination.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), is described as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions”.

The five main domains of SEL are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision making. Participants will learn about these five domains, as well as their importance in education and in the lives of children and adults.

Through discussions and activities, workshop participants will make connections between SEL and ART.

We will practice identifying different kinds of discrimination and bias-motivated behaviors, and engage in activities that will help us learn to how to best respond to these situations in ways that deescalate them.

Participants will:

• Identify the components of SEL and why it matters
• Engage in SEL-related activities
• Analyze how prejudice and discrimination operate
• Identify the components of SEL in ART
• Explain the multi-directionality of discrimination
• Practice strategies for responding to hypothetical discrimination scenarios
• Identify how they can use these techniques in both personal and professional settings

About the Presenters
Lina Darwich, PhD is an assistant professor of teacher education at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Prior to this she was in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, where she taught classes focused on human development, diversity and social justice, and on creating supportive and caring learning environments for all students. Lina’s commitment to diversity and equity guides her teaching and research. Her research is linked to diversity and our universal and basic need to belong. As a teacher-educator, she has the opportunity to raise future educators’ consciousness of issues of social justice, equity and diversity, and can urge them to become active agents of change toward more inclusive, caring, and equitable learning environments for their own students.

Adam Zarakov, MA, MAT, is a 5th Grade Dual Language Immersion (DI) teacher in Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA. His prior experience includes teaching English Language Arts in various settings, including in a blended classroom of students grades 6-8, at the middle and high school levels to youth in the foster care and criminal justice systems, and at an international DI school in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Adam holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MA from American University, and an MAT in Language Arts with ESOL Endorsement from Lewis & Clark College.