Issues of race and gender are as relevant to our lives as they ever have been. The 2016 US presidential election brought a lot of these issues to the surface. Now in both the USA and Canada, the division is as obvious as ever, accompanied by the growing presences of the "alt right" and the continued work of people advocating for #IdleNoMore, #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo. Many teachers know it is important to be discussing these issues in our school communities, but feel ill-equipped to explore or work with these themes in their classes. This workshop will explore some frameworks teachers can use to unpack issues of race and gender (at any age) and ways teachers can facilitate dialogue (not debate) on these topics and move people forward together based on their shared values.
Secondary, including, but not exclusive to, Social Justice 12
Ryan Cho teaches Social Justice 12 & sponsors the Sexual Oreintation and Gender Identity club at Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam, BC. He's also spent the last 10 years doing male gender work with the Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership, sits on the BCTF Anti-Racism advisory committee and has done curriculum development for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative's Climate Justice Project (www.teachclimatejustice.ca) and the documentary film "Fractured Land" exploring the impact of colonialism and of indigenous perspectives on resource development in BC. In 2017, he created the redesign for the BCTF's anti-racism curriculum resource package, "Give the Red Card to Racism" (http://bit.ly/2tNiPi3)