Equity and Cultural Awareness in Education Certificate ProgramAndrea Echelberger, ESL Training Coordinator
At Literacy Minnesota, the pursuit of educational equity is at the center of everything that we do. We strive to foster equitable learning environments for all by providing development opportunities to our volunteers and supporters. The FREE Equity and Cultural Awareness in Education Certificate Program (formerly known as the Social Justice in Education Certificate Program) is an opportunity for ABE teachers and volunteers in Minnesota to increase their awareness of social justice issues that impact the field of education and society.
Participants who earn their Social Justice in Education Certificate will:
- Help gain awareness of the cultural experiences of learners and other community members, especially related to racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious, socioeconomic or gender differences;
- Be equipped with resources and tools to advocate for important issues that affect literacy and the communities served;
- Be provided continuous learning opportunities to help make positive, informed and equitable decisions in the community.
To earn the certificate, participants must attend six different Literacy Minnesota Equity and Cultural Awareness in Education webinars. These workshops are designed for attendees to understand themselves within a cultural context and develop methods for building learning environments where all identities are affirmed and included. The certificate program and webinars are free and open to everyone.
Upcoming Equity and Cultural Awareness in Education webinar topics will include:
- Accent Bias and Discrimination in the United States
- Immigration in the United States and Immigrant Rights
- History of Native Americans in Minnesota and in ABE
- Accessibility in Adult Education
At least one training will be added each month. Check the Literacy Minnesota Training Calendar for all upcoming Equity and Cultural Awareness in Education webinars.
- ABE Foundations/Staff Onboarding
- Adult Career Pathways
- CCR Standards
- Cultural Competency
- Digital Literacy/Northstar
- Distance Learning/Education
- HSE/Adult Diploma
- Mental Health
- Minnesota ABE
- One-Room Schoolhouse/Multilevel
- Professional Development
- Program Management
- Remote Instruction
- Social Studies
- Support Services
- Teaching Strategies