EDIfy Educator Workshops In addition to our student-centered programming, The Discovery Center offers services that build the capacity of educators to understand and effectively engage students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our goal is to increase the number of classrooms in Connecticut where teachers are prepared to support diversity, multiculturalism, and equity, and where students can be themselves and do their best.
Workshop Format The Discovery Center offers workshops for teachers using activities and structured dialogue centered on exploring the individual experiences of group participants. Participants are invited into a process of transformation and change beginning with the examination of personal identities and beliefs, and their impact on the vital work of inspiring students to learn. Throughout all of our workshops, participants are guided through conversations on how race, class, gender, and other "differences" impact the work of educators working in increasingly diverse classrooms. With a healthy balance of content presentation and participant-guided dialogue, our programs are fully interactive and require educators to participate in the learning process. Our workshops are tailored to the individual needs of the learning community. Sample topics include:
History of Race and Educational Inequity
Stereotype Threat and its Effect on Learning
Conversations on Race in the Classroom
Equity vs. Equality in Education
Being the "Other"
Racial Identity Development
Teamwork, Communication and Leadership
Unearned Privilege and Unearned Disadvantage
The Costs of Racism for White People
Responding to Children's Microaggressions
The Basics of a Multicultural Classroom