At the UBC Faculty of Education, we know that global citizenship requires a rich dialogue that prioritizes social justice, equity and social action. We also know that progress towards social justice is not linear and that educators can and must be catalysts for greater understanding and empathy in an ever-changing world.
This event was an opportunity for attendees to learn from incredible educators who share this passion and vision for the transformative power of teaching for a diverse, inclusive and equitable society.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Program: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
23rd Floor – TELUS Garden
510 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC – [map]
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 827 2174
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Angela Brown – Break the Silence: The Power of Active Witnessing
Angela will introduce a program aimed at building awareness and understanding of various forms of discrimination and empowering students to respond appropriately and effectively to discriminatory remarks and situations on an individual basis as ‘Active Witnesses’. As a result, students will explore how they can participate in their collective attempts to combat discrimination to build safer and more inclusive school communities.
The Active Witnessing Model is based on the Anti-discrimination Response Training Program (A.R.T.) developed by F. Ishu Ishiyama, PhD, Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education, UBC. The K-12 Break the Silence: The Power of Active Witnessing Program is developed by Angela Brown, former Anti-racism & Diversity Mentor at the Vancouver School Board.
Carly Herman – Narratives of Inclusion: Student Stories and Teacher Perspectives
Carly will share real stories and lessons of inclusion from her experiences as a special educator that shift perceptions of student ability, and offer direction and inspiration for action. Illustrating inclusive experiences of students with a variety of exceptionalities, these anecdotes highlight how teacher creativity, student talent, and a value of diversity can lead to endless opportunities for all students.
Kye Smith – Indigenous Education and Urban Indigeneity
The West Coast, as with the rest of Canada, has seen a movement of Indigenous peoples and families from rural to urban areas. Urban classrooms are mosaics with students representing Indigenous nations across Canada and the world. How can we as educators facilitate this movement in a way that continues to honour the identities, cultures, places and knowledges of all of our students and still honour their new territory?
Brandon Yan – Taking it on the Road: Queering Classrooms Across BC
Brandon’s experience with Out in Schools advocating for LGBT2Q+ youth inclusion has taken him all over British Columbia – from Abbotsford to Nakusp to Haida Gwaii. Over the last two years, he has seen a shift in BC schools as educators become more open to talking about sexual orientation and gender identity. Informed by this experience Brandon will speak to why LGBT2Q+ policy matters to teacher education, and how film, art, and the power of representation can open hearts and change minds.
Angela Brown, BA’95, Education Consultant, Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Social Justice
Angela has been teaching at the Vancouver Board of Education since 1999. She taught grades 4-7 from 1999-2006 and held the district position of Anti-racism and Diversity Consultant & Mentor from 2007-2014. Angela is currently seconded as a Faculty Associate in the Indigenous Perspectives Module in the Professional Development Program at Simon Fraser University. Angela holds an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree in Diversity in Curriculum and Instruction from Simon Fraser University. Angela also works as a private Education Consultant in the areas of Anti-racism Education, Diversity and Social Justice in Metro Vancouver school communities and community-based organizations as well as nationally, in the Toronto District School Board. (HANDS cONsulting: Honouring Affirming and Nurturing Diversity in Schools).
Carly Herman, MEd’15, District Resource Teacher, Kamloops-Thompson School District #73; Support Team, Canucks Autism Network
Carly has championed educational and community inclusion for the past nine years. She is inspired by the individuals she works with, and believes in the contributions they can make in the classroom and community. Carly works with the Kamloops-Thompson School District as a District Resource Teacher where she collaborates with teachers and administrators to facilitate meaningful inclusion by merging theory with practice, and by normalizing the use of supports. Carly also mentors staff, volunteers, and community partners in her work with the Canucks Autism Network, by providing training in support strategies that foster inclusion and success in sports and recreational settings.
Kye Smith, BEd (Elem)’15, Educator, Aboriginal Focus School, Vancouver School Board
Kye is an uninvited and grateful guest in the traditional and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil’Waututh, Coast Salish Peoples. Her mother’s family is Chukchi of Kolyuchin Bay. Her father’s family is third generation settler. Smith graduated UBC’s Indigenous Teacher Education Program in 2015. As an educator at the Vancouver School Board’s Aboriginal Focus School, Smith continues to renew and refine her inquiry into the mutual benefits and overlaps between Indigenous pedagogy and self-regulated learning. Based on cross-curricular and holistic approaches woven throughout many Indigenous ways of knowing, teaching, and learning, Smith believes that Indigenous pedagogies are beneficial to all learners.
Brandon Yan, BA’09, Education Director, Out in Schools
Brandon is passionate about social justice and learning about the diversity of experiences in our queer communities across BC. As an energetic community advocate, he has led the Out in Schools program since 2015. Over the last year, Out in Schools has not only seen a dramatic increase in the number of requests for its student programming but also for workshops specifically targeting educators and administrators in BC’s education systems. He has collaborated with the Ministry of Education, BC Teachers’ Federation, UBC Faculty of Education, and the ARC Foundation to address this immediate need to support LGBT2Q+ students through policies and practices that foster inclusive school environments. Brandon received his BA in History in 2009 from UBC, and completed his Masters of Urban Studies at SFU in 2016.