Last Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Town Hall Seattle and ROLL CALL held a workshop at Antioch University Seattle on connecting across cultures in classrooms, in preparation for their #EducationSoWhite event.
TED-Ed Innovative Educators and #EducationSoWhite panelists Kristin Leong (an Antioch alum) and Marcos Silva facilitated an interactive conversation about identity and our schooling. Participants learned about the surprising commonalities between classroom experiences in Washington and Texas, then Leong and Silva will led participants in reflecting on their own experiences through interactive activities and conversation. The workshop concluded with actionable strategies for engaging in complex and necessary conversations about who we are and where we come from. The room was full, with educators and those interested in exploring the intersection of identity and schooling. Participants shared about their own histories in the classroom both as students and teachers, and learned how to engage with identity in ways that both celebrated and bridged their differences.