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#20201006- WEBINAR: Moving Beyond “Inclusiveness”: Using Anti-Bias Education Theory to Create the Conditions of Belonging




(October 2020)  This webinar will give insight for adoptive, foster, and kinship parents – as well as the professionals serving their families on how to move beyond “including” their children into their families and communities to a place of true belonging. We’ll provide practical tools and insights for building healthy complex identities, respect across differences, and responding to bias based mistreatment. We’ll also explore ways to navigate change and transitions together by looking at trauma, grief and loss and the lived experiences that are driving behaviors. We’ll look at what our brains are doing in moments of fear, stress and anxiety and provide suggestions for what to say and do in order to release and neutralize our stress response so that we are able to take action and advocate for ourselves and our children.

A special education teacher for over 20 years, Robin Starch specialized in creating and teaching social skills curriculum for students with emotional & behavioral difficulties. As Director of Education for AMAZEworks, Robin helps teachers create classrooms that are safe and welcoming for ALL students with prevention and intervention strategies that build productive community environments. She has her MEd from the University of Minnesota and her BA from Minnesota State University Mankato in Theater/Special Education. Robin is a founder of Black Dirt Theatre and manages their outreach/education program. She has presented at Overcoming Racism, Minnesota Education Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Black Child Development Institute, and National Association of Independent Schools conferences and has co-authored two anti-bias education curricula.

Rebecca Slaby leads AMAZEworks in working with schools, communities, and organizations to create equity and belonging for all. She gives workshops on Anti-Bias Education with a focus on cultural responsiveness, bias, identity and stereotype threat, and intercultural communication and conflict and co-authored the AMAZEworks Elementary and Secondary Curriculums. With a MEd from DePaul University, she has 15 years of experience teaching middle school humanities/social studies and has worked with schools on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice on institutional, state, and regional levels. She has been a racial justice facilitator for the YWCA Minneapolis since 2015 and is a trained cultural competency facilitator for the Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board for the state of Minnesota. She has presented at the Overcoming Racism, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and local, regional, and national education conferences. She holds a certificate of Executive Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and teaches courses on equity-based pedagogy at the University of Minnesota.

(1 hour, 33 minutes)

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