Jul 17

IRRPP Summer Education Workshop: Advancing Racial Justice in Schools

July 17 - 20, 2017

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM




Chicago, IL 60612

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About Summer Education Workshop: Advancing Racial Justice in Schools

IRRPP's Summer Education Workshop is a 4-day intensive workshop intended for educators. The purpose of the retreat is to develop a cadre of teacher leaders and teacher scholars who will help to improve educational experiences and opportunities for underserved communities. Participants in the program will acquire new knowledge and skills and become embedded in strong networks of support. They will bring these expanded tools and knowledge into their classrooms and schools to further the process of institutional and community development.

The workshop is structured to include a competitively selected cohort of 50 participants. All teachers in K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The program consists of several parts:

  • an intensive 4-day summer professional development institute
  • follow-up meetings to develop projects (e.g., curriculum development)

During the workshop facilitators will provide intensive professional development including covering questions such as:

  • What is race/ethnicity and why does it matter in schools?
  • How do our own identities shape our ability to be effective in the classroom?
  • How do racial dynamics shape the historical and social context of urban education?
  • How do we integrate questions of racial justice into our classrooms and curricula?
  • How do we help students understand pressing racial issues in their communities?
  • How do we improve educational outcomes for all our students?
  • How do we help our students to have greater understanding of the history of their communities and help them to understand the role they can play in developing/transforming their communities?

Workshop Facilitators Include

  • Amanda Lewis, Director of Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
  • Nakisha Hobbs, School Principal & Co-Founder of Village Leadership Academy & Co-Organizer of Summer Education Workshop
  • David Stovall, Professor and author of Born Out Of Struggle
  • Stacey Gibson, 15-year veteran Chicago teacher
  • Danny Morales-Doyle, Professor and former CPS science teacher
  • Alejandra Frausto, Current CPS teacher and former curriculum coach and Associate Principal
  • Naomi Milstein, Executive Director of Chicago Freedom School
  • Matthew Rodriguez, Former teacher and high school principal. Current facilitator for New Leaders-Midwest
  • Xavier MaatRa, Chicago Freedom School Training Coordinator
  • Crystal Laura, Professor, yoga teacher, and author of Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-prison Pipeline


Ryan Viloria
(312) 996-6339

Date posted

May 9, 2017

Date updated

May 9, 2017