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Racial Literacy and Antiracist Teaching: A Workshop for Educators

Date: Monday - January 14, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Meridian School, Seattle, WA
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Racial Literacy and Antiracist Teaching: A Workshop for Educators


Teachers are uniquely positioned to support racial justice initiatives that can be transformative to their schools and beyond, yet they often lack the foundational knowledge and self-awareness needed to address issues of race and racism in their communities. White teachers in particular struggle to find their voices and roles in challenging racism, often leaning on people of color to “do the work” in their schools.

By bringing their full racial selves into their communities, educators of color and white educators can build antiracist partnerships that are grounded in a shared commitment to creating racially just schools.

Who Should Attend?

People from all walks of school life would be welcome and find value in attending, including teachers, administrators and staff.


This six-hour training will support educators of color and white educators in expanding their knowledge, skills, and practice as teachers committed to challenging racism in schools. Through interactive experiences, presentations, reflective writing, and conversation, participants will explore how their own racial identity impacts their understanding of the world and themselves, strengthening their abilities to recognize and interrupt specific incidents of interpersonal racism, as well as patterns of systemic, institutional racism.

Topics participants will explore include:

  • The historical construction of race and whiteness
  • White cultural dominance in schools
  • Shifting paradigms toward antiracist pedagogy and practice
  • The importance of personal narrative grounded in race
  • The role of racial affinity spaces in supporting antiracist community building
  • Strategies for ongoing antiracist reflection and personal development


Workshop Facilitators

Anshu Wahi is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at The Northwest School in Seattle, where she works with all members of the school community to ensure that a social justice imperative informs institutional, academic, and programmatic practices. She is also a co‐founder of CARLE (Critical Analysis of Race in Learning and Education), which is both an annual summer institute for white independent school educators, and a consultancy that works with multiracial organizations. Prior to her role at Northwest, she was the Director of Diversity and Community at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City. Before joining independent schools, Anshu ran the Education Program at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, training educators and creating anti-bias curricula with a focus on religious identity. Anshu has worked with Facing History and Ourselves as a qualitative researcher and high school liaison, and has led gender-based media literacy and activism programs with adolescent girls at Powerful Voices, a community organization in Seattle. Anshu has also worked internationally in India and the United Kingdom, and presented at numerous national conferences. She served on the NYSAIS Diversity Committee, contributing to regional events and conferences. She has also worked in film and theater. Anshu holds a BA from Dartmouth College in Psychology, Education and Theater, and an EdM from Harvard University.

Randy Clancy is a co-founder of the CARLE Institute for White Educators, and the White Antiracist Educators group (WARE), both New York based organizations that support white independent school teachers in developing the knowledge, skills, and self-awareness needed to address racism in schools. Randy has presented locally and nationally at The NYSAIS Diversity Conference, The People of Color Conference, The White Privilege Conference, and The National Summit for Courageous Conversations. Randy supports schools in fostering loving, inclusive communities by helping teachers develop social justice curriculum and pedagogy initiatives that are authentic, personal and critical. Her work is grounded in the analysis and organizing principles of the People’s Institute, and the Center for Peaceable Schools. Randy believes that creating a classroom community grounded in social justice requires study, self- reflection, vulnerability, and courage. As a white cis gender woman, Randy considers the study of whiteness to be an essential part of her ongoing education about race, racism, and antiracism.

The Partnership

Over the past five years, Anshu and Randy have presented together in Seattle, New York, and Maine, as well as nationally at the People of Color Conference and The White Privilege Conference. Together they have co-founded CARLE with four other antiracist educators, served on committees, and been hired as consultants. Their multiracial friendship and professional partnership is grounded in their shared commitment to helping communities uncover their potential as sites where racial equity and justice can flourish. Anshu and Randy believe that challenging racism requires a strong analysis of identity, history and power and ongoing self-reflection, study, and relationship building.




NWAIS Attendees

Early Bird (By December 3, 2018): $165

Regular (After December 3, 2018): $195


Non-NWAIS Attendees: $230 (anytime)


TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline.

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.



Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by January 7, 2019 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after January 7, 2019 are ineligible for any refund.



NWAIS Events Are Paperless

All program materials will be provided electronically.

If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please "BYOD" (bring your own device) to access them at the workshop or if you prefer, print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.



Attendees Will be Eligible for 5 Clock Hours and / or STARS Credits

Attendees from NWAIS member schools receive clock hours and STARS free of charge. For those not affiliated with a member school, there is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS Credits. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.



NWAIS May Help Cover Travel Costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details



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