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Social Justice Standards: A Framework for Anti-Bias Education

Date: Monday - December 06, 2021
Time: All Day
Location: Epiphany School (Seattle, WA)
Full day, In-person workshop


Social Justice Standards:

A Framework for Anti-Bias Education

December 6, 2021 - In-Person Workshop

Epiphany School

3611 E Denny Way

Seattle, WA 98122




Who Should Attend?

This workshop is relevant for all pre-K through 12 teachers and curriculum leaders. Specialists such as art, physical education and music educators will also find relevancy and connection within the Social Justice Standards (SJS).

We encourage you to register multiple members of your community and ideally teaching teams or departments to make this work most impactful in your school community. The framework presented will be useful at both the school and classroom level and as both a tool for reflection on existing curriculum as well as development of new materials.


About This Workshop

The Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) Social Justice Standards (SJS) are a road map for anti-bias education at every stage of pre-K through 12 instruction. Comprised of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes, the Social Justice Standards are an independent framework intended to provide a common language and organizational structure educators can use. The SJS can also help to guide curriculum development and make schools more just and equitable.


Overarching topic(s)

  • Unpacking the standards framework
  • Familiarizing yourself with unique aspects of each domain: Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action
  • Applying the SJS to your specific work and content
  • Create essential learning targets and questions with Social Justice Standards (bring a unit or lesson)


Participants will:

  • Explore an overview of the essential learnings from the Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) Social Justice Standards framework.
  • Unpack and consider how to apply the standards framework within four domains- identity, diversity, justice, and action (IDJA)
  • Use the framework to critique units of study and lesson plans to apply the SJS and create new essential questions and curriculum shifts.
  • Connect with peers about how students need knowledge and skills related to both prejudice reduction and collective action and where this can appear in the curriculum.

Each of the IDJA domains has learning outcomes and school-based scenarios organized by Pre-K-2, Grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.



About Our Facilitators

Pictured left to right: Dr. Lauryn Mascareñaz and Christina Spears

Dr. Lauryn Mascareñaz
RISE DEI Consulting

Dr. Mascareñaz is a career educator who spent over ten years as a classroom teacher, time as a literacy and intervention instructional coach, and time as a teaching and learning specialist with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She holds a master's of education degree in culturally responsive teaching and earned her Doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Systems. She is currently the Director of Equity Affairs for the 14th largest school district in the United States. 


Christina Spears
RISE DEI Consulting

Christina Spears possesses a Master of Arts in Teaching and a K-12 Special Education licensure. As a classroom teacher, she served as a step team coach and co-chair of her school's equity team. Christina is a founding member of Waked Ed Partnership's Beginning Teacher Leadership Network and works with educators across the district and state to organize our schools to fight for the schools our students deserve. Spears hopes to build ongoing support systems for teachers focused on culturally sustaining instructional practices that disrupt inequities and transform school systems.




NWAIS Attendees


Early Bird: $195 for in-person workshop, if registration is completed by November 1, 2021


Regular: $245 for in-person workshop, if registration is completed after November 1, 2021


Non-NWAIS Attendees (anytime): $295




Participants From NWAIS Schools Are Encouraged to “Bill School”

To facilitate this, the fee category (early / regular) will be determined by the date of online registration, rather than the date of payment.


To Receive The Registration Discount: Your registration must be complete by the appropriate deadline.

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 November 30, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after November 30, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.


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 air and ground 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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