Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rise Above the Noise (for Educators of European Descent)


Rise Above the Noise (for Educators/Counselors of European Descent)
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 3-7:30pm @Message Media Ed

Lead Facilitator: Dr. Shani

Rise Above the Noise is a culturally relevant, staff development training designed to expose participants to the realities of the African American experience in relationship to media influence and education. The purpose of the training is to improve the learning experiences of African American youth.

This is an innovative, research-based, cultural sensitivity training in PEDAGOGY for educators and counselors of European descent working with African American students. It is also a cultural awareness training in attaining MENTAL LIBERATION for families and educators of African descent. All of our curricula are rooted in the Afro-Media Literacy Educational Framework.

-Exposure to public/private education through an African American lens
-Learn how media influence and media stereotypes can impact an educator's or counselor's pedagogy (or approach toward teaching/advising African American students)
-Become aware of white privilege and the role white educators can play in either sustaining injustice or advocating for social justice in the classroom and school environments
-Learn why seeing race and ethnicity is an asset to the learning experience for both teacher and student
-Participants will be invited back to participate in a focus group to assess learning and implementation of new knowledge

The best part of our trainings is the fact that they are essentially culture-specific. 

This component of the curriculum design relates to creating a safe and supportive space for 

people from similar backgrounds to freely express their process of self-discovery or transformation, 

as they explore tough issues related to race, racism, the influence of negative media stereotypes 

and white privilege in learning environments, without offending someone from another race or 

ethnic background. We are meeting a critical and complicated need related to an unpopular, 

yet tangible threat to the learning experiences of African American youth.

Investment: $30 donation, Seating is limited. Pre-Registration is required. Pre-reading is assigned once registration is completed. Allow time to complete reading. Refreshments provided. Please contact us for more info at 323-708-2526 or email Message Media Ed is located at 4923 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016. Participants will be invited to a follow-up focus group to assess newly acquired cultural understandings and implementation in relative learning or counseling environments.

All types of educators of European descent are welcome! Credentialed and Non-Credentialed educators, faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend. Student teachers/counselors are encouraged to attend as well. K-12 & Higher Ed.

Become a part of the solution. Help improve the learning experiences for African American youth! 


Rise Above the Noise (for Families & Educators of African Descent)
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9:30am-1:30pm @ Message Media Ed
Lead Facilitator: Dr. Shani!rise-above-the-noise

Dr. Shani is the Founder/Executive Director of Message Media Ed, a native of Leimert Park, Los Angeles, and is an Artist, Educator and Social Justice Advocate. Rise Above the Noise is implemented as part of the teacher training and professional development service component of Message Media Ed (

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