In a time when truth is under attack and the experiences of vulnerable communities are intensified. The Truth Telling Project has partnered with educators at all levels on ways to teach the truth about the current social reality in which they and their students live. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the continued epidemic of police violence, now with the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others peel back the pervasive structural violence and its impact on Black,Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ communities. Thanks to the efforts to decenter whiteness in teaching practice and K-12 schools and classrooms, curricula focusing on Black Lives continue to emerge. What teachers and students need are strategies that help them address racially charged social issues like police violence and their connection to structural issues. This workshop invites teachers to center the experiences of impacted communities through exploring The Pedagogy of Ferguson and the Truth Telling methodology. From a decolonial restorative justice framework, this workshop-convening will connect with educators, scholars and activists to practices and resources to support learning in the most challenging of times.
Speakers / Session Leaders include:
Dr.Bettina Love - Author of Abolitionist Teaching and many other books;
Ursula Tua Santiago, Children's Literature Expert and Puerto Rican School Leader
Dr. Imani Scott ,Author of Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America?;
Jodie Geddes, Restorative Justice Practitioner & Co-Author of The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation
Dr. Melinda Salazar and Dr. David Ragland TTP Co-Executive Directors and many others.