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[Online] Building an Anti-racist Curriculum: A Class for White Educators

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT August 10 Location: Online


As Dyan Watson, editor of Teaching for Black Lives, noted in a recent interview, “[Teaching to eradicate racism and injustice] really needs to be from September through June. [Teachers must ask themselves]: How am I exploring issues of equity and social justice every day and making it a habit?

This online Oregon Writing Project (OWP) course will provide a place for white educators to build anti-racist curricular units that question inequality and injustice while nurturing students’ activist sensibilities about how to make a difference in the world. During our week-long work, educators will create lessons to help students understand not only this historical moment, but how we got here.

OWP coaches will lead educators to create lessons and units that show the power already present in communities of color instead of a curriculum that depicts communities of color as victims. The curriculum will focus on the contributions of the community, locating and upholding community activists and mentors. We will begin with morning demonstration lessons and discussions about anti-racist teaching, disrupting white supremacy, while building content area and literacy skills.

Each afternoon, teachers will gather in grade-level or content-area groups, working with an OWP coach and teachers from other buildings or districts across Oregon, to build engaging anti-racist curriculum units. After deciding on the unit of study, they will share and read materials and map out a curricular route that includes “show, don’t tell” activities, such as role-plays or simulations; personal narratives that ground the curriculum in students’ lives; critical reading activities of historical, literary, or scientific documents; artistic expressions like poetry, interior monologues, or historical fiction, and a culminating project—for example, an essay, pamphlet, or podcast that allows students to demonstrate their grasp of complex issues.

We encourage participants to attend with a partner from your school, district or content area as a way of making this work ongoing.

OWP is also hosting a camp for BITOCs (Black, Indigenous Teachers of Color) funded by a generous grant from the Meyer Foundation. Currently, this camp is full, but please email to be placed on a waiting list.

  • The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) is a collaboration program between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts, and offers programs designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers. 

Please note: Registration for this class will close one week prior to start date.

Course Information & Registration

Dates: Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 2020, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Instructors: Mykhiel Deysch, MAT, MFA, Ty Marshall, MA and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, MAT

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED 823, 2 semester hours, $700 
Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $500, includes 30 PDUs. Alumni save 20%

This class and waitlist are now full. Please contact Kelly Novahom ( if you have any questions. Thank you!

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About the Instructors

Mykhiel Deych MAT, MFA, teaches English at Grant High School. They taught Writing & Rhetoric and Ethnography courses at Columbia College Chicago what seems like a lifetime ago. Mykhiel has presented workshops on welcoming all genders in the classroom at the Northwest Teachers for Social Justice Conference. Mykhiel loves questions more than answers and will stay up too late because of an engaging conversation–even on school nights.

Ty Marshall, MA teaches Language Arts and Social Studies to 7th/8th graders in West Linn, OR.

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, MAT has taught high school social studies since 2000. She is a regular contributor to Rethinking Schools and works as a curriculum writer and teacher organizer at the Zinn Education Project.