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How to be an Effective Ally to Adult Students

December 7, 2017, 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

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In these times when many of our students are experiencing real and perceived threats based on some aspect of their identities (race, immigrant status, gender identity, etc.), adult educators have a role to play in creating safety, dispelling myths, and building the capacity of students to engage civically for their rights. In this webinar, we will explore what teachers and students from 3 states (RI, MA, and AZ) are doing to provide support and resources to targeted communities, elevate student leadership, and examine the forms of “allyship” that are available to us as educators. Participants will hear about (and share) strategies developed for varied contexts, discuss the challenges, and consider our own next steps.

 Pre-webinar: In preparation for the discussion, please watch this video clip on “5 Tips for Being an Ally” by Franchesca Ramsey

The Change Agent

Hear what adult learners have to say about the challenges and opportunities they face as they work to achieve their goals. Share their hopes and moments of regret as they learn and grow from their sometimes twisted paths toward a career. Hear from young people just starting out, older students switching careers, highly skilled immigrants who need new credentials, and those for whom available career pathways don’t quite align with their dreams. Compare pathway maps, lattices, and roadways. Study graphs and charts that encourage critical thinking about job prospects. Support your students to pursue research that will teach them about jobs and careers, as well as how to connect with resources.

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