SXSW EDU 2022
Subverting the Racist Trap of SEL
Social-emotional learning is now a profitable business that often furthers an agenda of white supremacy and colonialism. Our panel offers personal and empirical evidence of how SEL harms, “catfishes,” and pushes children and youth of color to deny their community knowledges and experience, replacing authentic emotion with “feelings” that center white comfort. Alternatively we offer ways educators can harness righteous emotions to nurture humanizing, transformative, and liberatory learning spaces
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- Recognize how social-emotional learning programs and practices can be acts of colonization and racialized violence.
- Learn strategies for locating and challenging harmful SEL implementation and/or programs
- Learn ways to harness righteous emotions to nurture humanizing, transformative, and liberatory learning spaces.
- Dena Simmons, Founder, LiberatED
- Stephanie Cariaga, Founder / Assistant Professor, People’s Education Conference / California State University, Dominguez Hills.
- Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University
- Jennifer Keys Adair, Associate Professor / Founder & Director, The University of Texas at Austin / Agency and Young Children Research Collective
Jennifer Adair, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin