Let's Talk! How to Facilitate Critical Conversations with Young People
Educators in all settings play a crucial role in helping students talk openly about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination, and research show us that not talking about race and racism reinforces racist systems and behaviors. Children as young as two years old use race to reason about people’s behaviors. Learning how to communicate about such topics as white privilege, police violence, economic inequality and mass incarceration requires practice, and facilitating difficult conversations with children of all ages demands courage and skill. This workshop offers methods for continual self-reflection and use-tomorrow strategies to plan discussions and to facilitate critical conversations with young people.
Sara is an educational consultant
with over 20 years of experience in K-12 education. Her work in social justice and anti-bias education includes expertise in literacy instruction, equity and diversity and inclusive practice, teacher mentoring, professional development, curriculum design and educational publishing. Wicht is the former senior manager of teaching and learning for Teaching Tolerance.