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The Coalition on Diversity Education
St. Francis Xavier SecondarySchool
50 Bristol Road, Mississauga
A Conference on the Issues Facing Educators
... empowering educators to deal
with diversity in their schools ...
Saturday, November 20, 2004
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Secondary School
50 Bristol Road, Mississauga
To reserve your spot, contact Chris D’souza, Equity Ofﬁcer
for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board at
(905) 890-0708, ext. 4405 or e-mail chris.d’[email protected]
This free conference has been put together by a coalition of teachers from the Dufferin-Peel
Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board to empower educators to
deal with diversity in their schools.
Speaker Harold Brathwaite
This workshop will focus on issues of identity that concern visible
minority youth attending school in Peel. Through the sharing of
narratives and an emphasis on student diversity, the goal of the
presentation is to promote an understanding of equity issues
that are very complex in nature for educators, parents, youths, as
well as other community members.
(8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)
Harold Brathwaite received his elementary and secondary education in Barbados, his undergraduate education in Jamaica and
France, and his postgraduate studies brought him to Canada. He
has taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels and
served on several professional associations and Ministry of Education committees. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to the community and to education and has been a vocal
champion for public education, for issues of equity, and for building
capacity in communities.
(9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
Exploring the Challenges and Possibilities of Inclusive Classrooms
By: Yasmin Razack, Program Director, The Harmony Movement
In this workshop you will have opportunity to explore, discuss and learn who
to respond to the needs and concerns of all students from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, class, religious, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. You will be
challenged to think about the boundaries between schools, off-school sites,
local communities and families that invariably play a vital role in both teaching and learning. The aim of the workshop is to explore the possibilities of an
inclusive classroom whereby teachers and students can be proactive!
Human Rights and Diversity Education
By: Chris D’Souza, Equity Ofﬁcer, Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board
This session will examine the concept of Intersectionality and discrimination,
The Ontario Human Rights Code and the need for proactive Non-white hiring
practices. Chris, a teacher for 13 years, was one of 25 people across Canada
invited to participate in “A Policy Dialogue” with the Ontario Human Rights
Commission and has facilitated over 100 workshops on Diversity Education
over the past year.
(11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
The Path to Administration
By:Maureen Miller and Neville Mant
This session will examine the process by which a teacher pursues a role as Vice-Principal and Principal in both boards. Maureen will focus on the porfolio and interview process. Neville, a
newly appointed principal, will discuss the role of administration in a diverse community and the challenges it brings.
By: Rav Johal and Rasulan “Q” Hoppie
Teaching From a Place of Privilege
By: Robert Brandstetter and Sandra Williams
This workshop is for teachers who have not experienced discrimination in their lives. We will work towards deﬁning issues
of white privilege and its impact inside the classroom on students with complex life experiences. We will examine what informs our teaching practice and what needs to shift in order to
address the needs of diverse students. To move towards a place
of engaged pedagogy we will examine how to focus on creating
self-esteem building environments where every student feels empowered and challenged to
become responsible and vital community members.
Sikhism in Peel Region
By: Prubjoth (Sonu) Sidhu
This workshop will provide basic concepts of Sikhism and then delve into the
issues surrounding Sikh youth in Peel Region. The ultimate goal is to create a
broader understanding of Sikh culture.