Antiracist Praxis Study Circle Coming Soon!

Antiracist Praxis Study Circle Coming Soon!

Many of us have heard the terms “antiracist” and “DEI” (diversity, equity and inclusion), but how do we actually implement these large frameworks into our adult English classrooms? Join facilitator Cydnee Sanders to discuss this exact question.

What makes this study circle different?

The Antiracist Praxis Study Circle is not intended to be a basic “what is racism” professional development (PD) activity, so we have some working assumptions and hope those interested in joining can agree to start with these foundational beliefs:

  • Racism is systemic. White supremacy and systemic racism are leading problems in our education system. These systems are especially harmful to people of color and the English language learners we serve.
  • Identifying and addressing implicit bias is paramount to this work. It is a personal journey, and we all enter this work together from different places.
  • It is not enough to be “not racist” but we have to be intentionally antiracist.
  • We are willing to work in a collaborative environment and to hold each other accountable.

This study circle goes beyond defining antiracism and explores how the research around Translanguaging by Ofelia García and Culturally Responsive Teaching by Zaretta Hammond provide us with tools to change the way we approach teaching.

Why should YOU do this study circle?

I know that often educators who care about antiracism have many barriers keeping us from committing to the work. Sometimes, we don’t know where to start, we are scared of making mistakes, or we don’t have support from our administration or colleagues to do the work. In my experience, even if I have colleagues interested in doing this work with me, we have to do equity work on our own unpaid time, which makes it all the more difficult to create change at our schools. Even though this study circle doesn’t solve all of those issues, my hope is that it at least gives educators a starting place for content and discussions so that change can begin.

Remember: it’s okay to make mistakes. Ibram X. Kendi reminds us that mistakes are part of the antiracist journey. If we let the fear of making mistakes keep us from standing up for racial justice, then racial justice will never happen. I like to repeat this sentence to myself, and I invite you to do the same:

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

Study circle details

Meeting Schedule: ONLINE via Zoom, on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 PM CDT as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday, June 22, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday June 29, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday, July 13, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday, July 20, 3-5pm

Application Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2022

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  • NOTE: Participation will be limited to keep the group to a manageable size.

Time Commitment: 5 two-hour meetings, plus an expected 1-2 hours per week of preparation by reading, viewing, and reflecting on assigned tasks.

CEUs: 20 for those who attend ALL 5 meetings and complete all study circle activities

Stipends: $100 for those who attend ALL 5 meetings and complete all study circle activities

Questions? Contact Cydnee at [email protected]

About the Facilitator: Cydnee Sanders has four years of experience teaching adult English learners and completed her MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Hamline University in December 2021. The development of the Antiracist Praxis Study Circle was her MA capstone project, and it was piloted in fall 2021 through ATLAS. Since Cydnee is a person of color, part of the motivation behind this study circle is to provide antiracist professional development that looks beyond white fragility and white culture. Though this study circle is of course open to all adult English teachers, she hopes that this is especially inclusive of BIPOC teachers’ professional development needs, which are often overlooked in most DEI trainings. Cydnee has been accepted as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Africa starting in 2023 where she plans to continue her education in antiracist teaching.


Originally published 5/9/22

Cydnee Sanders, MA TESOL, Study Circle Creator & Facilitator ATLAS