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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Teaching While White - Virtual Workshop

Date: Thursday - October 15, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Two-Day, Zoom Workshop

October 15 and 16, 1pm-3:30pm 


Teaching While White: Now What?

October 15 and 16, 2020 ~ 1pm-3:30pm

Virtual Workshop

Zoom Credentials Will Be Distributed To Attendees 2 Days Before the Workshop


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Teaching While White: Now What? 


In many ways, the racial injustice being highlighted in this time in history is not new. What IS new is the way racial justice is now being covered by the mainstream media and discussed in every forum. Students are looking to their teachers to help navigate and make sense of what they are seeing. We have organized this workshop as a white, antiracist affinity space so that we can develop a greater understanding of white racial identity and develop the skills and racial literacy that will guide the next generation towards greater racial justice. 


This virtual professional development opportunity is designed for white teachers and administrators who understand that race matters in the classroom, but who still feel uncomfortable engaging in racial topics, especially across racial difference. To better understand our own perspective, we will explore what it means to be “white” and why it matters. We will explore the concept of managing racial stress and what to do when we start to feel overwhelmed. We will discuss why being “colorblind” is not a solution, what language is appropriate to use, how stereotypes influence everyone, and how we can be more conscious of our own biases in the classroom to ensure we are effective teachers for all students.


Workshop Facilitators:

Jenna Chandler-Ward, Co-founder, Teaching While White


Jenna has been an educator in non-profits, schools, and colleges for over 20 years, working with students from kindergarten to college level. Most recently, Jenna had been a middle school English and drama teacher outside of Boston for over ten years. Jenna is also a founder and co-director of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and a conference for educators on issues of equity and inclusion. Jenna currently lives in Cambridge, MA, and is a diversity consultant, specializing in professional development for educators on issues of whiteness and its impacts on teaching, curriculum and leadership. She holds an M.Ed. from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College. 



Elizabeth Denevi, Co-Founder, Teaching While White


Elizabeth works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Previously, she served as the director of studies and professional development at Latin School of Chicago. In this position, Elizabeth was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for the oversight and coordination of professional development and evaluation for all faculty. She also served as a co-leader of the School’s accreditation team. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the co-director of diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, Institute of Education, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She also holds an Oregon Preliminary Administrative License.



Teaching While White offer schools and universities a variety of opportunities for looking at how racial identity development impacts teaching and learning. Their overriding mission is to pursue the answers to these critical questions:

  • What are the best practices for making whiteness explicit in classrooms?
  • What skills are needed to become racially literate both for teachers and students?
  • How does investigating whiteness impact the identity development of white students?
  • How does investigating whiteness in the classroom relieve or create stress for students of color? 
  • How do teachers, who do not understand their own racial impact, cause stress for students?
  • How do racially literate teachers ease the burden for students?
  • How do we measure success — what does it look like, sound like, feel like to be “racially literate”?




NWAIS Attendees


Early Bird (By September 21, 2020): $105

Late (After September 21, 2020): $145


Non-NWAIS Attendees: $225 (anytime)

Updated Bill School Option: Easiest way to register! Member schools are encouraged to "bill your school". This will simplify your process and minimize transactions. Your registration date will now be calculated as the date you complete your online registration, rather than the date that payment is collected.


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Registration Deadlines

Your online registration must be complete by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for the early bird discount.

• 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 October 12, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after October 12, 2020 are ineligible for any refund.



Attendees Will Be Eligible For 5 Clock Hours And / Or STARS Credits

New Process: Due to changes in state requirements, these credits can only be provided to those who register for them in advance of the event. Attendees cannot be sign up for them on-site or after the event.

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.

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