[Online] Building an Anti-racist Curriculum: A Class for White Educators

08/10/2020 - 9:00am to 08/14/2020 - 4:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels

Content areas: All Content Areas

As Dyan Watson, editor of Teaching for Black Lives, noted in a recent interview, “[Teaching to eradicate racism and injustice] really needs to be from September through June. [Teachers must ask themselves]: How am I exploring issues of equity and social justice every day and making it a habit?”

This online Oregon Writing Project (OWP) course will provide spaces for white educators to build anti-racist curricular units that question inequality and injustice while nurturing students’ activist sensibilities about how to make a difference in the world. During our week-long work, educators will create lessons to help students understand not only this historical moment, but how we got here.

OWP coaches will lead educators to create lessons and units that show the power already present in communities of color instead of a curriculum that depicts communities of color as victims. The curriculum will focus on the contributions of the community, locating and upholding community activists and mentors. We will begin with morning demonstration lessons and discussions about anti-racist teaching, disrupting white supremacy, while building content area and literacy skills.

Each afternoon, teachers will gather in grade-level or content-area groups, working with an OWP coach and teachers from other buildings or districts across Oregon, to build engaging anti-racist curriculum units. After deciding on the unit of study, they will share and read materials and map out a curricular route that includes “show, don’t tell” activities, such as role-plays or simulations; personal narratives that ground the curriculum in students’ lives; critical reading activities of historical, literary, or scientific documents; artistic expressions like poetry, interior monologues, or historical fiction, and a culminating project—for example, an essay, pamphlet, or podcast that allows students to demonstrate their grasp of complex issues.

We encourage participants to attend with a partner from your school, district or content area as a way of making this work ongoing.


Course Information & Registration Dates: Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 2020, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Instructors: Mykhiel Deysch, MAT, MFA, Ty Marshall, MAT and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, MAT Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED 823, 2 semester hours, $700 Noncredit: $500, includes 30 PDUs. Alumni save 20%