Posts Tagged "White Privilege Conference"

Class Talk III

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 2 comments

Class Talk III

Presenting my workshop, “Talking About Class,” at the White Privilege Conference in March (see previous 2 posts), was a powerful learning experience for me. The conference, with 2000 attendees, draws many with deep experience, knowledge and insight on issues of race and class, and the workshop was full of leaders who had significant insights to share. Here are some highlights of my learnings: 1. There are many entry points for addressing social class and economic status, and the approach should be geared to the particular group of children. For example, one teacher shared that...

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Class Talk II

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 1 comment

Class Talk II

For my White Privilege Conference workshop (see previous post) on using children’s books to talk about class, I prepared this handout, an adaptation of the one I’ve posted previously on talking about race: Key Points for Talking About Class & Race with Children 1. Be welcoming, open & inquiring Children’s comments, questions and experiences (including the things we wish they wouldn’t say) are opportunities to talk, listen and learn. The goal is to find out what children are thinking and to give them permission and language to voice their ideas and impressions. 2. Be...

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Class Talk I

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse & Global Books, For Children's Book Creators, For Educators | 2 comments

Class Talk I

For the White Privilege Conference earlier this month, I was asked to redesign my workshop, “Using Children’s Books to Talk about Race,” to focus on talking about class, in line with the conference’s focus, “The Color of Money.” Here’s the description of the new workshop I presented: Talk About Class: Using Children’s Books to Spark Conversations Socioeconomic class in the U.S. can be even harder to talk about than race, and the silences leave children absorbing unchallenged messages from the dominant culture. Depictions of economic realities...

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The White Privilege Conference

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Changing White Mind, For Educators | 2 comments

The White Privilege Conference

In the second week of April, I attended the 14th annual White Privilege Conference (WPC), held this year in Seattle. More than 2000 people of all races – students, educators, nonprofit staff, social workers, counselors, parents and activists – attended this year’s gathering, “The Color of Money,” focusing on the intersections of class and race. WPC, founded by African American educator Eddie Moore, “aims to create a learning community in which participants engage in a challenging educational experience as respectful community members.” At the opening...

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