Addressing Racial Microaggressions in Our Schools
What you'll learn
- Define Racial Microaggressions
- Identify three types racial microaggressions
- Interpret the hidden messages racial microaggressions communicate
- Discover how racial microaggressions occur in the everyday lives of student of color
- Understand how racial microaggressions can marginalize students of color
- Fluent/advanced level of English required
Teachers, consider the possibility that you may unconsciously commit racial microaggressions in the classroom? In an academic setting, racial microaggressions are brief and subtle insults (verbal, nonverbal, and/or visual) directed toward students of color, often automatically or unconsciously. Racial microaggressions in the classroom continue to be a challenge across the country. Unfortunately, teachers are generally not prepared to recognize racial microaggressions when they occur, or to understand their implications.
This course is valuable to all educators who want to learn about racial microaggressions and understand its negative psychological impact on the academic success of students of color. There is significant research documenting the negative impact of racial microaggressions on the psychological wellbeing and academic functioning of students of color. The documented information on racial microaggressions in this course was obtained from research studies, surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies and testimonials of students of color from across America.
Both students and faculty play a role and have a responsibility in creating safe and inclusive classroom environments. This course is helpful to those educators who would like to recognize, address and prevent racial microaggressions in the classroom.
Contents and Overview
At the end of this course, you will learn:
- Three types of racial microaggressions?
- The harmful hidden messages racial microaggressions communicate to students of color?
- The negative psychological effects racial microaggressions have on students of color?
In addition, you will learn: 1) how your unconscious biases play a major role in how you process your assumptions; and 2) how those assumptions affect how you interact with students of color and, ultimately, communicate racial microaggressions.
WHAT'S IN THE COURSE?
This course contains lectures, content, resources and videos about marginalized groups' experiences with and responses to racial microaggressions in the classroom.
Fluent/advanced level of English
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Educators from all private and public institutions interested in recognizing addressing and preventing racial microaggressions.
Who this course is for:
- Educators who appreciate the importance of creating an academic environment that is free of all impediments of learning including racial microaggressions will benefit from this course. It is designed to help all educators understand how their unconscious biases can play a major role in their assumptions about students of color, how those assumptions affect their interactions with students of color and how to eliminate or, at least, minimize the impact of racial microaggression in the classroom.
For the past decade, Ms. Gwendolyn Miller focused her career exclusively on providing educators with tools designed to identify and eliminate racial microaggressions in the classroom. As a result, she has developed pedagogical strategies that enable teachers to create the optimal academic environment, free of racial microaggressions.
Through her online courses, educators gain expert insights into the classroom experiences of students of color and their responses to racial microaggressions. As a result, educators will learn the major causes of racial microaggressions:
The failure to recognize unconscious biases;
The failure to recognize how unconscious bias plays a major role in discriminatory assumptions about students of color;
The failure to recognize how these assumptions affect daily interactions with students of color; and
The failure to recognize how these assumptions ultimately result in racial microaggressions.
A Lifetime of Relevant Experience
Following a career as a classroom teacher, Gwendolyn decided to pursue her Master of Science Degree in Education from the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division of the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. During her studies, she conducted significant research on the issue of racial microaggressions in the classroom. Inspired by her research, she embarked on her a career as a consultant on racial microaggressions. She has worked with school faculties and district leaders to promote positive inter-ethnic interactions and enhance the educational experience of students of color.
A Proven Approach
Gwendolyn has presented workshops related to the problem of systemic racism in educational institutions at numerous conferences, including the National Association for Multicultural Education, Teachers College Roundtable on Multicultural Psychology and Education, National Conference on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education, American Psychological Association Convention and the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference.