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Pushing The Edge for Social Justice in Education

Here’s my Social Justice Resources to fire you up and inspire you (as an educator).

You’ll find podcasts, blog-posts and websites below.

Courage, Curiosity & Connection Changes Communities: What’s Your Part in Social Justice?

We often hear the term ‘social justice’ but what is it and why does it matter?

In this world where’s there’s increasing hostility towards difference, how can we be upstanders for social justice not only in the workplace but also in our family and friendship networks?

Listen to me (Greg Curran) as I share tips and insights with Pattie Porter on the Texas Conflict Coach Podcast.

Creating Safe Schools with Roz Ward

It’s what we want for all our students – safe schools. For some students though – school is the most unsafe place for them to be. 

And increasingly they’re saying, ‘enough is enough if our school leaders & teachers won’t take action to make school safe for us we will.’

Facing our Fears with Justin Schleider

How a Physical Education Teacher confronts his fear about The Other – Refugees. Plus, realizing our privilege and using it for good in our classroom and online.  It’s a really interesting chat.

 

Being an Ally for Social Justice with Christina Torres & Bill Ivey

Are you passionate about social justice issues but sometimes unsure of the right words to use – or maybe you’re worried about slipping up and making a mistake.

Well, we’ve got plenty of useful tips and insights to share with you in this episode.

Ending White Silence in Education with Greg Michie

In this episode, how might we be better allies and challenge the silence that prevails in relation to social justice issues in Education?

Our guest, Greg Michie also has especially useful insights on truly seeing our students and teaching a #BlackLivesMatter curriculum.

 

How to Teach Students about Identity with Bill Ivey

In this episode, how do we get beyond a focus on single aspects of identity?

How might we explore the intersections of identity – showing how aspects such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and socio-economic status interact with each other?

Students as Change-Makers with Christina Torres

In this episode, how can we empower our students to step up and advocate for the issues they’re passionate about.

 

Questioning and Transforming our Worlds with Nakisha Hobbs

In this episode, we explore student activism in a K-8 elementary school in Chicago, USA.

Here students are investigating and taking action on issues like litter, homelessness, police violence and gun violence.

Activating Student Stories with Silvia Gonzalez

In this episode, how to activate students to truly share their stories, especially when they’re part of a system that tells them to tone down, to shut-up, or that their voice isn’t worthy. 

And how can we teach them to critically ‘play the game’ of education?

How to Navigate Social Justice Issues in the Classroom with Rusul Alrubail

You’re passionate about exploring Social Justice issues in the classroom. But you’re worried about being accused of Pushing An Agenda. 

Rusul and I share some tips in this episode

Making a Difference by Not Playing It Safe with Greg Curran & Rachael Lehr

My journey to finding my voice as a social justice educator who loves to Push The Edge.

  • How can we make a difference?
  • How can we stay true to ourselves?
  • How can we navigate those self doubts?
  • Standing up for student voice
  • The challenges for us as school leaders
  • How to stay passionate?
  • Changing the world at a local level
  • My ‘Not To Be Missed’ social-justice related books

Part 1

Part 2

Shaking Up our Mindsets about Indigenous Students with Surin McGrory

In this episode, we’re challenging the deficit mindsets that often prevail about Indigenous students. We’re painting quite a different picture instead.

This episode will really inspire you. Surin has quite a tale to tell.

Challenging our Privilege – Shaking up our beliefs and Values (with Erin Stevenson)

In this episode, Erin Stevenson takes us on her journey as she confronts her privilege (as a white woman) and in so doing steps outside what’s comfortable and familiar to her.

She’s forced to re-assess her taken for granted beliefs, values and assumptions. 

Blog-posts

 

Click on an image below to open the blog-post

Websites

  • Cult of Pedagogy – Social Justice Resource Collection – Especially useful tips on teaching for social justice plus a whole array of additional websites
  • Educolor – A twitter chat and community that “seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.”
  • Safe Schools Coalition of Australia – Building Safe and Supportive Schools for GLBTI young people. Especially useful resources here. 
  • IWitness – An education website with multi-media life histories and testimonies relating to Genocide across the world. 
  • Global Oneness Project – Documentaries, stories and lesson plans relating to cultural, social and environmental issues.
  • Smart Girls – Amy Poehler’s website with the motto, “Change the World by Being Yourself.” So many examples of girls making a difference in their worlds.
  • Black Girls Code – Seeks to encourage and inspire girls of color (7 to 17 years) to code.
  • Youth Radio – Trains young people in digital media and technology. Has a host of diverse range of programs on topics that matter to young people
  • Tolerance.org – Not so keen on the name but this organization continually produces top quality lesson plans and resources on social justice issues. 
  • Racism No Way – Provides especially useful lesson plans and resources to challenge racism and to promote inclusion

Podcasts 

 

Listen & subscribe to my Podcast, Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran. I regularly chat to educators who are pushing the edge for innovation and social justice. Here is the Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran Artwork

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