Drawing from Sara's books, Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry (co-authored with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels), participants will spend time unpacking social comprehension principles: exploring personal identities, listening actively, being candid, becoming better informed, finding humanity in ourselves, and facing crisis together.

Together, we will discuss how being candid as we notice and reflect on our beliefs, biases, and perspectives help us consider how we respond to our respective worlds - the classroom, playing field, social media, or our dinner tables. Come prepared to consider your own identities, your students’ identities, and how social comprehension directly impacts all that we do as educators and human beings. Overall, come prepared for non closure as more questions than answers will carve this new path.
We will begin our focus specifically on our own social identities and the identities of our students before launching into literature provocations and lessons we can take back to our learning communities. We will build toward what it looks and feels like to have any “news” enter our spaces and wade into the discourse around topics that are new, unfamiliar, and/or uncomfortable. Ultimately, we will be working through an understanding of what gathering and belonging look like in our respective learning communities.
All are welcome. Sara will have examples of work with 4-year-olds to ideas that can be modified through secondary. Sign-up with colleagues so the work can be sustained: Teachers of all areas, administrators, coaches, librarians!
Sara K Ahmed
Sara K. Ahmed serves as the Director of Curriculum Integration and Innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. She has taught and coached in public and private, local, and international schools, where her classrooms were designed to help students examine their own identities and see the humanity in others. When she is not in the classroom or meeting with teachers, you can find her coaching the soccer/football teams at school.

Sara is the author of Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and co-author with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry. She is an international speaker and staff developer in schools around the world - bridging literacy, inquiry, and social identity work through curriculum development, professional growth meetings, and lab classrooms. Sara has also served on the Teacher Leadership Team for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization devoted to examining and confronting the choices we’ve made in history - individual and society.

Sara has just returned to the States from Bangkok, Thailand where she served as a literacy coach and consultant-in-residence at NIST international school. These days you can find her running, playing tennis, reading, or writing her way through a rediscovery of her hometown, Chicago.

3rd, 10th, 17th February 2024

Each Session is for 2 hours
New York 7:00 am | London 12:00 pm | Zurich 1:00 pm | Dubai 4:00 pm | India 5:30 pm | Hong Kong 8:00 pm
Melbourne 11:00 pm

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This workshop will be not recorded
USD 400 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development hours.