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4BigQuestions - October 2020

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This October the #4BigQuestions Team will be together again to discuss four more burning questions about racial justice.

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Join us for Part 3 of our low-cost four-part, interactive, dialogue-based webinar series in which four racial justice educators discuss big questions about racial justice in education.

Your registration comes with access to recordings of the previous sessions (we will send you the links) plus live access to our conversations about four new questions.

The conversation leaders will facilitate a conversation among the other panelists on their questions. We primarily will be discussing these questions as they relate to education systems in Canada and the United States, but we believe much of the conversation will be relevant across national contexts.

PLEASE NOTE: The "Sliding Scale" rates refer to affordability. If you can afford to pay a higher rate, please do so.

Schedule

We will meet online via Zoom every Thursday evening between October 15 and November 5, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM EST. That's four Thursdays: one for each of these four questions.

Each week one of the four racial justice educators will share brief remarks (no more than 8 minutes) on that week's question before facilitating a conversation about the question among the three other educators. Participants will be able to pose questions to the group through the Zoom chat box, which will be monitored by that week's facilitator.

Registrants will receive links to access each evening earlier that day.

Hosts and Facilitators

Kike Ojo-Thompson, Founder and Principal Consultant, Kojo Institute. Kike is an award-winning expert on equity, inclusion and diversity, Kike specializes in developing, facilitating and implementing innovative solutions for creating equity at an institutional level. A dynamic speaker and educator who artfully balances tact and honesty, Kike has over 20 years of experience leading engaging and effective workshops, lectures, mediations, and trainings for a broad range of organizations eager to create equitable outcomes for their staff and clients. In addition to her equity work with Kojo Institute, Kike is a member of the Ontario Human Rights Community Advisory Committee, was formerly the senior facilitator for the province of Ontario’s carding review team, and formerly the project lead for One Vision One Voice, a first-of-its-kind initiative tasked with addressing anti-Black racism in the child welfare system. Of particular note, Kike is a former secondary school teacher and has since supported a number of Boards of Education throughout Ontario. http://www.kojoinstitute.com.

Pamala Agawa, Anishinaabe-kwe from Batchewana First Nation. I am a mother, a daughter, a partner, an auntie, a niece, a cousin, a granddaughter and a sister. I am a coach and a lifelong learner who seizes every opportunity possible to grow as a person and an educator. Currently, my interests are focused in decolonizing instructional practice to create amazing spaces for learning for all (especially Indigenous youth). I know this is a journey and have to acknowledge that this is rooted within the colonial/ western structure we have all adopted as a system in public education. I believe with intentional practice, learning and facilitation we can support leaders and decision makers to shift their pedagogical practice to better serve all of our students and families. I love working alongside and in service of our youth and I am committed to being a strong advocate and accomplice for them.

Debbie Donsky, Debbie is an educator who puts relationships at the centre of all that she does, building learning communities founded on an authentic commitment to anti-oppressive practices. Debbie works to create environments that honour people’s voices, ideas and aspirations, by dismantling barriers and creating spaces of possibility through her leadership, blogging, art and commitment to antiracism and other forms of injustice. You can learn more about her on her website: https://debbiedonsky.com.

Paul Gorski, Founder, Equity Literacy Institute. Paul is an activist, educator, and author focusing on equity and justice issues in education. He’s the son of a badass mom—she’s a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, so don’t mess with her—and the brother of a badass sister. Perhaps most importantly he’s the roommate of Buster, his cat. He’s been played many different education roles, from assistant director of a school district equity office to his present role as coordinator of the Equity Literacy Institute (http://EquityLiteracy.org). He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, but seems to spend a lot of time in Ontario. Like his mom, he’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as a published poet and a former DJ.

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