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Civil Rights

The term civil rights refers to a wide-ranging set of rights that seek to ensure individuals have equal access to civic life and society, including its social, political, commercial, and government institutions and organizations. Civil rights are designed to protect individuals from unfair treatment that prevent equal access, most notably by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability. The webinars included in this collection ultimately seek to increase the capacity of educators to understand and address the many complex challenges schools, educators, and students face related to civil rights and discrimination.

Thriving, Not Just Surviving: How Administrators Can Support Trans & Non-Binary Students

Date of the event: July 27, 2021

Guests: Seth Daub, Kimbrelle Barbosa Lewis, Michelle Nutter, Michael Roth, Marianna Stepniak, and Barrett Wilkinson

Description - In MAEC’s June webinar, a panel of trans and non-binary students identified what educators and administrators can do to create and maintain positive, supportive school climates where LGBTQIA+ students can thrive. This webinar focused on a discussion with school and district administrators on the policies and practices they have implemented to support LGBTQIA+ students at […]

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Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Centering the Needs of Transgender and Non-binary Students at School

Date of the event: June 29, 2021

Guests: Marianna Stepniak, Michelle Nutter, Preston Heldibridle, Shiwali Patel, Ash, Claire, Esmée, La'Tavia, Nic, Noah, Noe'aah, and Reed

Description - As anti-trans laws clash with Pride month, trans and non-binary students need advocates at school now more than ever. Following a brief introduction of gender identity terminology, and an overview of the recent Title IX regulations, this webinar focused on a discussion with our trans and non-binary youth panelists on what educators and administrators can […]

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Title IX: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Date of the event: February 10, 2021

Guests: Bill Howe, Phyllis Lerner, Shiwali Patel, and Marianna Stepniak

Description - MAEC speaks with Title IX experts on the history and future of Title IX, the new regulations and their impact on responses to sexual harassment, and the nuances of navigating cultural differences under Title IX. This webinar is for PreK-12 Title IX Coordinators, administrators, and educators.

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Reaching and Teaching English Learners, Newcomer Students, and English Learners with Disabilities during the Pandemic

Date of the event: September 15, 2020

Guests: Charo Basterra, BethAnn Berliner, Gallia Kassiano, and Silvia de Ruvo and Lisa Tabaku

Description - The COVID-19 pandemic has upended schooling as we know it. As schools reopen, whether virtually, in-person, or as a hybrid approach, educators are facing new challenges. Among them are providing critical services, especially for English Learners and students with disabilities. Families that are not proficient in English also face language barriers that may impede their […]

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COVID-19, Racism and Xenophobia: A Discussion on How and Why the Pandemic is Affecting Asian Americans

Date of the event: July 07, 2020

Guests: Jason Oliver Chang, Michelle Nutter, Fred Pinguel, Noreen Rodriguez, and Yan Yii

Description - The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately harming all people of color in the United States. For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, one way this harm has manifested is in a rise in hate incidents. These incidents are fueled by both a long history of anti-Asian xenophobia and racism, and stigmatizing references to COVID-19 as a “Chinese […]

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Black Lives Matter at School: A Discussion with Educators on the Intersections of Activism and Pedagogy

Date of the event: June 30, 2020

Guests: Tamara Anderson, Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, Ismael Jimenez, Denisha Jones, Ph.D., J.D., Charlie McGeehan, Erika Strauss Chavarria, and Matthew Vaughn-Smith

Description - The recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, George Floyd, and countless others have left communities across the globe outraged and in mourning. Their deaths have led to massive, global, Black Lives Matter demonstrations condemning the use of police violence against Black people. As many of us have been captivated by the […]

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