November 2017 -- Cheshvan-Kislev 5778,  Volume 23, Issue 11

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Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr.

Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center Offers Professional Development Workshop

On November 2, from 3PM to 7 PM, The Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center will host a Professional Development Workshop at Iona College which will explore commonly held beliefs and biases that influence an educator’s ability to be responsive to all students. Participants will engage in personal reflection, learn strategies for facilitating difficult conversations, plan student-centered instruction and investigate ways to include teaching about implicit bias, race, racism, police violence and crimes against humanity in your academic instruction.

 

 Participants will receive “use tomorrow” classroom resources and publications from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. They will also receive 4 CTLE credit hours. There is no charge for the workshop.

 

 This training is suitable for kindergarten through college educators including teachers, administrators and counselors.

 

 Westchester District Attorney, Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr., will open the program followed by Susan Brownbill-Vega , Assistant District Attorney, Director of Community Affairs, Bias Crimes Unit Chief. The workshop will be led by Sara Wicht, Independent Educational Consultant.

 

Sara Wicht has over two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor, professional developer, curriculum designer, and educational writer. She has worked in public schools in Minnesota and Texas and at the American School of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As the Senior Manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance, Wicht led curriculum development of Teaching Tolerance’s award-winning K-12 curriculum, Perspectives for a Diverse America, and teacher trainings online and across the country. Wicht holds an MA Ed in Language and Literacy and a BA in English from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, and is certified in secondary English/Language Arts.

 

Since 2012, Wicht has facilitated professional development on anti-bias education at national conference events. Some of these conferences events include the National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Social Studies, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, and National Association of Multicultural Educators. Most recently, she provided in-person professional development for Global Islam and Arts Teacher Fellows through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and for Chicago-area educators at the IL Holocaust Museum and Education Center on “Confronting Bias and Facilitating Difficult Conversations”.

 

This workshop will be held at Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, in  Spellman Hall, Thomas J. Burke Lounge. For more information and RSVP to Julia Scallero (914)696-0738 or jscallero@hhrecny.org