Beyond the Why and Into the How: Practical Steps Toward Inclusive Classrooms

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA
8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Presented and Facilitated by Rosetta Lee, Consultant, Educator, and Activist


  • Arrival, Registration, Networking and Breakfast: 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Welcome and Introductions: Becky Biggs, AISNE: 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Morning Program: 9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Networking Lunch: 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
  • Afternoon Program: 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Reflections and Farewell: 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

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About This Workshop

In the ever-changing landscape of student demographics and diversity initiatives, teachers face challenges creating classroom environments that go beyond celebrations of heroes and holidays. Whether you're an educator beginning your journey or you're far down the path towards deeper multiculturalism and inclusivity, there is always room to grow. Advance in your goal of helping create spaces in which all students thrive.

At this workshop, participants will:

  • Increase understanding of how identity, difference and oppression manifest in educational settings
  • Hear and discuss curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and relational practices that increase students’ sense of belonging in their classroom
  • Learn developmentally appropriate approaches for increasing classroom cultural competency
  • Connect with fellow educators to share practices and approaches

Morning Program Details

Gain a foundation of vocabulary and concepts for how differences affect student experiences. Work through an Inclusive Classroom Practices Framework covering curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and relational practices.

Consider the framework's four pillars:

  • Do You See Me?
  • Do You Hear Me?
  • Will You Treat Me Fairly?
  • Will You Protect Me?

Afternoon Program Details

Continue working with the Inclusive Classroom Practices Framework. Focus on personal next steps and actions for supporting your students in developmentally appropriate ways while also strengthening partnerships and collaborations with parents and caregivers. Partner with peers to increase collective skills and strategies.

About Our Facilitator

Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee is a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of topics, including cross-cultural communication, identity development, implicit and unconscious bias, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills and bullying in schools.

Rosetta has presented to numerous conferences and non-profit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference (WPC), Junior League and City Year. She's also worked with over 200 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as many colleges and universities. She's served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action.

Rosetta has served as President on the Board of Directors of SMARTgirls and has been Director on the Board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), Chair of the 2006 Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Co-Chair of the 2006 NAIS People of Color Conference, Think Tank Member of the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference, and a trainer/facilitator with the National Coalition Building Institute.

Rosetta is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Partner in Education Award from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award for the Washington Federation of Independent Schools.