17 Oct

Safe Students, Empowered Educators: Dismantling Hate & Violence in Schools

Kentucky Humanities, in partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Education Center for Professional Development, will present Safe Students, Empowered Educators: Dismantling Hate & Violence in Schools as a part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture initiative.
Safe Students, Empowered Educators is a day-long workshop to reflect on diverse experiences and perspectives and to explore the history of prejudice in hopes of creating a more just society. The workshop will help educators combat hate-motivated violence by creating programming that promotes civic engagement, social cohesion, and cross-cultural understanding. Teachers will be provided with tools needed to be more confident in advancing justice in the classroom and creating a more just society.
“The NEH’s United We Stand initiative gives Kentucky Humanities the opportunity to assist educators throughout the Commonwealth in dealing with hate and violence in their schools,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “With the continuing rise of hate and violence in schools, we want to provide educators with the tools to build civic engagement and positive social environments in their classrooms and school communities.”
The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton Student Center in Lexington.
Registration is available to all Kentucky K-12 teachers, school administrators, and teachers in training. Registration is free, with the first 200 registrants receiving a $100 stipend for their attendance. Those who attend will receive six hours of Professional Development credit.
Those who register prior to November 30th will be entered in a drawing for bestselling author Nic Stone to visit their school on Friday, February 2, 2024. The school visit will include 150 copies of Stone’s book for students.
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“Through our partnerships in schools, we hear from teachers about topics they would like to spend more time focusing on to build competencies and make an impact. Their students have seen a great deal of hate-filled violence in the news and within their own communities in recent years. We have designed this workshop to enable teachers to build their portfolio of knowledge and resources on ways to develop cross-cultural understanding among students, who will be the next generation to build bridges and foster unity," said Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, Ph.D., professor of STEM Education and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Partnerships, UK College of Education.
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