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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.
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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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