In this workshop we will give educators the opportunity to reflect on social/emotional learning competencies (self-awareness and social awareness in particular) in terms of their own personal lived experiences, as well as in relation to their students. Through a diversity lens, we will guide educators through a series of activities that will increase their understanding of difference and their ability to respond to diverse behaviors. Participants will leave this workshop with new ideas and strategies for embracing issues of diversity in the classroom.
*This session is limited to 25 participants.
PRESENTERS: Jane Harris and Rebecca Rumsey, Link Education Project
Jane Harris has been an educator for 50 years, 37 of which were spent in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. In addition to teaching, Jane planned and facilitated professional development for teachers, educational aides and parents. She taught at John Carroll University, and continues to supervise student teachers. Jane is a founding member of Link Education Project. She has a passion for working with parents and developed Link’s many parent programs, including book clubs and leadership teams.
Rebecca Rumsey is a founding member of Link Education Project. While at the Institute for Educational Renewal, she served as a school coach in both the Cleveland and Euclid School Districts, and supported program development and evaluation. With a focus on equity, Rebecca provides literacy and parent engagement support in several school districts. She is a former CMSD classroom teacher who appreciates the opportunity to work toward promoting life-long learning for all.