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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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  1. Recognize how social-emotional learning programs and practices can be acts of colonization and racialized violence.
  2. Learn strategies for locating and challenging harmful SEL implementation and/or programs
  3. Learn ways to harness righteous emotions to nurture humanizing, transformative, and liberatory learning spaces.

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Jennifer Adair, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin

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  • Tags: social justice, SEL
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: SEL & Wellness
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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