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When: October 15, 2014
From 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: Severn School
201 Water Street
Severna Park, Maryland  21146
United States

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Yikes! Suppose I say Something Wrong?


Among the 5,000-plus decisions teachers are said to make each day, hundreds involve mediating classroom conflicts. From childhood teasing to adolescent gossip, teachers and administrators are called on intervene in misunderstandings all the time.  Yet what happens when students raise the stakes in their tug-of-words?  How do you respond when your students use racial epithets, ethnic slurs, or derogatory remarks about sexual orientation, size, weight, class or ability or other constitutive dimension of difference?


This workshop will introduce a framework for understanding a range of responses to destructive bias and prejudicial remarks in classrooms and other school settings.  Using real-school scenarios, participants will 1) examine and practice a variety of strategies for interrupting bias and inflammatory comments; and 2) consider the efficacy of different strategies based on the unique developmental and cultural variables among their students and within their school communities.


As Vice President for Equity and Justice, Caroline Blackwell leads the creation and implementation of products and services that support NAIS’s commitment to develop and sustain inclusive independent school communities. Prior to joining NAIS, Caroline served as the executive director of the Metro Human Relations Commission in Nashville, Tennessee. Before that, she worked as director of multicultural affairs for the University School of Nashville. Caroline earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.S.W. in clinical group work from Boston University. She also holds numerous certifications in mediation, conflict resolution, and facilitation. A long-time volunteer with NAIS, Caroline is the lead facilitator for the Diversity Leadership Institute and has been a chair of NAIS’s People of Color Conference. She’s also a contributor to NAIS publications.

Registration Deadline Date: 10/6/2014 (no refunds after this date)
AIMS Member Fee: $75 per teacher or administrator, $65 for 2 or more from the same school
a $10 late fee applies to registrations received after 10/6

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