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Thursday, March 28 • 10:30am - 4:30pm
Coping with Racial Stress: Storytelling and Racial Literacy Strategies for Healing in our Schools

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Many educators (like those who attend the Deeper Learning Conference!) are deeply invested in promoting racial/ethnic equity in our schools.  We are committed to understanding how systems perpetuate oppression, and we work to develop practices and networks that resist the marginalization of our students of color and their communities. However, a deep commitment to racial equity means much more than a systemic approach; we must also examine how we, as individuals, bring our personal experiences to our work and to our students.

This session will focus on the unique stress that accompanies racial moments. Racial stress describes the overwhelming feelings that accompany intrapersonal and interpersonal racial conflicts--anyone can experience racial stress, regardless of their racial/ethnic background. We will introduce participants to the theories and emotional/physical effects of racial stress and racial trauma, offering a racial literacy model (Stevenson, 2014) as a tool for reading and healing racial stress in the classroom. Specifically, we will engage participants in authentic racial storytelling; they will journal about past and present experiences and practice sharing their stories in partners and with the larger group. They will gain a deeper understanding of how their personal experiences with race have shaped and continue to shape their responses to racially stressful moments, with an emphasis on how racial stress influences their relationships with students, families, and colleagues in racially stressful moments.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1) Explain the definition and range of racial stress during racial storytelling
2) Learn and explain the definition of racial literacy
3) Describe their emotional reactions during Face-to-Face (FTF) racial encounters and make healthier racial coping and problem-solving decisions in the classroom
4) Understand and explain the Calculate, Locate, Communicate, Breathe & Exhale (CLC-BE) strategy to peers. Specifically, they will be able to identify thoughts, physical reactions, and self-talk during racially stressful conversations and use relaxation techniques to stay present during racially stressful encounters.


Jordan Adler

High Tech High, San Diego, CA

Thursday March 28, 2019 10:30am - 4:30pm
HTHI 202

Attendees (25)