Overview

For students who are interested in social justice and race, and/or biases that fuel inequality, this course uses movies to dive deeper into these topics and build writing skills through discussion, peer editing and collaboration with the instructor. Students will also learn to identify and analyze arguments presented in readings to consider different points of view, identify bias, and understand how to become a good citizen in your community. 

Students will explore different visual platforms and film content to gain a better understanding of access and opportunities for those of greater need and those that have privilege. The goal of the course is to help students understand the world around them, the ongoing changes in society and find the confidence to express their thoughts about it through writing.

What you will learn:

  • Students will explore different types of genres such as short stories, poems, comics, and more
  • How to use evidence instead of emotion to win an argument
  • Learn how to express your thoughts in a way that makes people challenge the status quo
  • Foster a deeper understanding of oppression and inequality and how to work towards a more diverse, inclusive and equitable society

 When & Where: 

PS103X: Social Justice Writing 

Classes are online synchronous

Middle School: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
High School: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

College Credit: 1.5

COST: $125 

Scholarships

Ask about our scholarship opportunities. Email profstudies@lasell.edu and let us know you are interested in applying for the YIP Summer 2022 scholarship and the courses you would like to take. You will receive information to apply and deadlines to submit the materials.

What you will Experience

  • Explore social justice through films and discussion
  • Express yourself in a safe, supportive, inclusive environment
  • Participate in activities

Requirements

Students need an internet-enabled device and connection to the Internet to access Zoom and the learning platform. 

Meet the Instructor

Lavette Coney believes it is an important part of teacher education is around topics of whiteness, stereotype threat, and aversive racism and to be able to reflect what the teacher personally brings to the students' learning environment by doing the internal work necessary to bring about social justice and equity.  Lavette was a teacher and writer in Japan for eight years where she authored in various Japanese publications and initiated her research on race and social justice.  She has since developed many workshops and presented at several conferences/conventions on the topic of teacher self-reflection and implicit bias including her presentation "The 21st Century Missing Link: Teacher Education and Professional Development" at the KOLIEC (Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color) and keynote presentation at the Fayerweather School in Cambridge. 

She is an educator with extensive and lived experience in the world of education as a person of color which includes teaching and now the ELL Co-Chair atThe Fessenden School of West Newton. 

Lavette has earned a Bachelor of Science at University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Master of Arts at the Teachers College at Columbia University in Tokyo, Japan and New York. 

In just 3 steps you can register for the Lasell Youth Innovation Program. First look through the course offerings and decide which courses you would like to take.  Fill out the YIP application form with the student and parent information

How to Register

In just 3 steps you can register for the Lasell Youth Innovation Program. First look through the course offerings and decide which courses you would like to take.  Fill out the YIP application form with the student and parent information

   

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