Professional Development

We have developed an 18 hour professional learning series to prepare educators to teach Ethnic Studies, available as nine virtual modules, facilitated by our Executive Director, Tracy Castro-Gill.

These modules were designed to be completed in order and all participants must complete one before moving to the next.

Upon completion of this series, educators will be able to:

  1. begin to contextualize anti-Blackness, race, anti-Black bias, racism, and all forms of oppression at all levels (personally-mediated, institutional, and internal);
  2. identify pedagogical practices that perpetuate oppression and transform their praxis into liberatory practice that is culturally sustaining and humanizing; and
  3. identify and create culturally relevant and sustaining curricula and instructional practices that directly confront oppression and coloniality.

Professional Learning Series Modules

  • Module 1: Historicizing Race & Contextualizing Anti-Blackness
  • Module 2: Pulling the Weeds; Rooting out Whiteness in the Classroom
  • Module 3: Dispelling Myths of Multiculturalism
  • Module 4: “Isms” Exploring Oppression and Intersectionality
  • Module 5: What Does Liberatory Education Look Like?
  • Module 6: Ontological Distance; The Educator’s Answer to Opportunity Gaps
  • Module 7: Critical Race Theory; Levels of Oppression
  • Module 8: Culturally Sustaining (and Disruptive) Pedagogies
  • Module 9: Ethnic Studies Frameworks and Content

Registration fees apply to each module, and need-based discounts are available on a sliding scale. Click below to register and choose your level of support.

Module 1 is scheduled for the first Saturday of every month.*

10:00 am – Noon, PST.

*Modules 1-3 will not be available in August, 2021, because WAESN will be hosting a summer institute the first week of August. Stay tuned for details!

Click here to register for Modules 2-9.

Scholarship Fund

If you would like to donate to a scholarship fund to help others attend the Professional Learning Series, you can do that here!

If you would like to request a scholarship to help fund your registration fee, please contact us. Scholarships will be available for anyone with equitable distribution to BIPOC and LGBTQ folx, so be sure to include how you identify in your scholarship request.

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the balance of the scholarship fund.