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Building Community and Responding to Discrimination: An Introduction to Social Emotional Learning and Anti-Discrimination Response Training

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT March 16 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of both Anti-Discrimination Response Training (ART) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). 

Anti-Discrimination Response Training (ART) is a witness-centered, group-based social skills approach, helping trainees to develop the verbal and behavioral skills necessary to respond to different instances of discrimination. 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can help students learn the competencies and skil​​ls they need to build resilience and effectively manage their emotions, behavior and relationships with others.

The five main domains of SEL are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision making. Participants will learn about these five domains, as well as their importance in education and in the lives of children and adults.

Why Learn SEL? SEL is particularly important for children who have faced severe adversity, including poverty, displacement, toxic stress and violence. Experiencing adversity can affect children’s wellbeing and development. SEL has been shown to mitigate the effects of adversity, by providing children with the tools to focus, regulate their emotional responses, interact with others and cope with stress and challenges.*

Through discussions and activities, workshop participants will make connections between SEL and ART. We will practice identifying different kinds of discrimination and bias-motivated behaviors, and engage in activities that will help us learn to how to best respond to these situations in ways that deescalate them.

Participants will increase their awareness of racial discrimination, learn to understand the experience from various perspectives, and develop concrete and practical skills and self-confidence for responding to racist and other discriminating situations. 

Participants will:

• Identify the components of SEL and why it matters
• Engage in SEL-related activities
• Analyze how prejudice and discrimination operate
• Identify the components of SEL in ART
• Explain the multi-directionality of discrimination
• Practice strategies for responding to hypothetical discrimination scenarios
• Identify how they can use these techniques in both personal and professional settings

Course Details & Registration

Date & Time: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Instructors: Lina Darwich, PhD, and Adam Zarakov, MA, MAT

Noncredit: $125 before 2/20, $150 after. 6 CEUs, PDUs or Washington Clock Hours. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.
Student Rate: $50   Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors & Supervisors: $50

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About the Presenters

Lina Darwich, PhD is an assistant professor of teacher education at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Prior to this she was in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, where she taught classes focused on human development, diversity and social justice, and on creating supportive and caring learning environments for all students. Lina’s commitment to diversity and equity guides her teaching and research. Her research is linked to diversity and our universal and basic need to belong. As a teacher-educator, she has the opportunity to raise future educators’ consciousness of issues of social justice, equity and diversity, and can urge them to become active agents of change toward more inclusive, caring, and equitable learning environments for their own students.

Adam Zarakov, MA, MAT, is a 5th Grade Dual Language Immersion (DI) teacher in Evergreen School District in Vancouver, WA. His prior experience includes teaching English Language Arts in various settings, including in a blended classroom of students grades 6-8, at the middle and high school levels to youth in the foster care and criminal justice systems, and at an international DI school in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Adam holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an MA from American University, and an MAT in Language Arts with ESOL Endorsement from Lewis & Clark College. 

*Source: Cohen, J. (2006). Social, Emotional, Ethical, and Academic Education: Creating a Climate for Learning, Participation in Democracy, and Well-Being. Harvard Educational Review, 76(2), 201-237.

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