Teaching is a lifelong challenge, but the first few years in the classroom are typically the hardest. With the pandemic’s online teaching platforms, we are all new teachers. Join The New Teacher Book contributors Dyan Watson, Kara Hinderlie Stroman, and Ikechukwu Onyema for stories and inspiration about how to infuse social justice ideas into classrooms, schools and communities.
Dyan Watson is a former high school teacher and teacher educator. Currently, she serves as the Director for Inclusion at the Oregon Episcopal School and is a Rethinking Schools editor. Some of her works include: Teaching for Black Lives, Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, and Rethinking Elementary Education.
Kara Hinderlie Stroman is a kindergarten teacher at Irvington Elementary School in Portland Oregon. She won the Enid and Selwyn Bloome Kindergarten Children’s Literature Book Award and has written articles for Rethinking Schools, including a new piece in the fall issue.
Ikechukwu Onyema is a Chemistry teacher in New Jersey. He is also a co-founder of MAPSO Freedom School, a local organization committed to racial justice in schools.
Cierra Kaler-Jones is the Education Anew Fellow at Teaching for Change and Communities for Just Schools Fund. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work examines how Black girls use arts-based practices as forms of expression, resistance, and identity development.
This event is hosted by Rethinking Schools. Participants will need access to Zoom. The event is 75 minutes. ASL Interpretation is available.