This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Counselors
  • Administrators

In these times, when many of our students are experiencing real and perceived threats based on some aspect of their identities (race, immigrant status, gender identity, etc.), adult educators have a role to play in creating safety, dispelling myths, and building the capacity of students to engage civically for their rights. In this webinar, we will explore what teachers and students from 3 states (RI, MA, and AZ) are doing to provide support and resources to targeted communities, elevate student leadership, and examine the forms of “allyship” that are available to us as educators. Participants will hear about (and share) strategies developed for varied contexts, discuss the challenges, and consider our own next steps.

This webinar is sponsored by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) at World Education through our state partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services.



  • Cristina Cabrera, English for Action (RI)
  • Sophie Tan, United Way of RI (RI)
  • Riva Pearson, ABCD Mattapan (MA)
  • Lisa Gimbel, Community Learning Center (MA)
  • Kathy Budway, Pima College Adult Education (AZ)
  • Christy Schramski, Pima College Adult Education (AZ)

In preparation for the discussion, please watch this video clip on “5 Tips for Being an Ally” by Franchesca Ramsey

12/07/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Civics Education
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