our world, our schools.
"The whole purpose of education is to turn
mirrors into windows."
-Sydney J. Harris, journalist
Bringing Our World to Your School
Workshops for Arizona schools are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of our title sponsor:
Workshops can be held for entire school or district faculties or tailored for smaller groups.
Workshops are three hours in length and may be reserved as half day professional development or combined for full day trainings.
Once workshops are booked, schools or districts will be asked to complete a survey about any equity work that faculty may have participated in previously. This enables facilitators to tailor a customized experience around the specific needs of your staff.
Building Connections with Students: An Exploration of Anti-Racism and Strategies for Adopting Inclusive Classroom Practices
This 3-hour introductory workshop for teachers and administrators provides a foundational understanding of anti-racism and the historical constructs that sometimes lead to misunderstanding. While many schools or districts may have already engaged faculty in equity, diversity, and inclusion training, anti-racism goes beyond that to delve deeper into bias, the meaning of "privilege," and common microaggressions people often unknowingly exhibit. Participants will learn ways to immediately begin incorporating classroom and schoolwide practices that build connections with students.
Fostering an Anti-Racist Environment: Transforming Classrooms for Inclusiveness
This 3-hour intensive is a follow-up to Building Connections with Students OR for schools who have already undergone extensive equity and diversity training. How can educators affirm the cultural uniqueness of all students? Participants will learn strategies to examine current classroom practices, decolonize learning spaces, and gain insight on transforming those environments into culturally inclusive and responsive spaces. Having conversations about race and identity can be tough for teachers; this session will also model conversations and provide constructs that teachers can use to foster understanding among students.
Social Justice in the Classroom
Student-led anti-racist work can be a powerful catalyst for change and young people possess the ability to understand the difference between oppression and justice. Social Justice in the Classroom is an add-on component to Our World that provides teachers with the opportunity to integrate student-directed anti-racism work into the classroom. An Our World Fellow will work alongside teachers and students to identify a project, assign roles and action steps, develop outreach and marketing plans, and help guide students toward a finished project.
To bring Our World to your school or for additional information, please contact Kim Graham at or (480) 421-9376.