Addressing Racial Equity in our Adult Education Classrooms, Programs, and the Field
This series of webinars will examine the way implicit racial bias shows up in adult education and how it creates inequity for learners. First, we will look at implicit bias — what it is and how we can face it and work constructively to change it. Second, we will share classroom strategies that will teach about equity in the context of basic skills and make your classroom more inclusive and relevant to all. In our third webinar, we will showcase programs that have made changes to make racial equity a key part of its program practices. View recordings and slides here.
The Change Agent
The last year has been hard on everyone. The Change Agent invited students to reflect on it, and they did not flinch. Our Pandemic issue (#51) is full of articles that squarely face the epic difficulties of this time and also lift up resilience and moments of hope. The current issue (#52) continues that journey with students discussing how they are learning about, coping with, and healing from mental health challenges. Note that some articles bring up hard topics (e.g., grief, suicide), so be conscious of that as you decide what to bring into the classroom.
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During this session, from one teacher to another, Rachel Riggs will share how she sets up her virtual classroom for better engagement, adapts “classic” ESL activities to the remote setting, and uses new activities/strategies that engage learners during synchronous remote instruction. She’ll also share some of the tools she’s used to make her presentations and activities more engaging.
As instruction moves online in response to the pandemic, many adult learners are facing challenges that require skillful advising and navigating. Onboarding and supporting online learning, job searching, connection to essential resources, advocacy, career exploration and emotional support are just a few ways that instructors and navigators are increasing their advising services.
The Change Agent Magazine
The Change Agent provides socially relevant content, powerful student writing that inspires discussion, and ready-to-use, CCR-aligned lesson plans – all oriented toward a multi-level audience.