Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Critical Staff Development for Black Educators & Parents w/ Black Students

Message Media Ed Professional Development presents...

(for Educators/Parents of African Descent)

Culturally relevant, staff development designed to, 1) meet the contemporary needs of educators and counselors (K-12 & Higher Ed) in a media saturated society, and 2) to improve the learning experiences for African American youth.

Lead Facilitator: Shani Byard, Ed.D. 
Executive Director, Message Media Ed

SAT, January 21st, 9:30AM-1:30PM
@Message Media Ed – School of Black Leadership in the Digital Age
4923 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 (just E. of La Brea Blvd)

Investment: $30 per peson. Seating is limited. Early registration is required.
(includes: refreshments, materials and a follow-up focus group) REG. DEADLINE: WED JAN 18

Pre-reading is assigned once registered. You do not need to be a credentialed educator to participate in this training. You should however, be able to relate to being classified as Black or of African Descent. Please visit our website http://MessageMediaEd.org for more info on our educational framework, vision and programs. After visiting our website, please contact us with any questions you may have at 323-708-2526 or email info@messagemediaed.org

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 on learning environments and the white/black dynamic in education. This is an innovative, research-based, training in PEDAGOGY (specifically the perceptions and ideologies that govern how we teach Black youth) for educators, counselors and parents of African descent, and/or organizations or schools with predominantly Black educators, serving African American students. This curriculum is interactive, engaging and rooted in the Afro-Media Literacy Educational Framework

The best part of this training is that it is essentially 'race'-specific. This strategic component of the curriculum design creates a safe and supportive space for people from similar racial backgrounds to freely express their process of self-discovery or transformation, as they explore tough issues related to race, racism, white privilege and the influence of negative media stereotypes 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. 

Participants will be invited to a follow-up focus group to assess newly acquired cultural understandings and implementation in relative learning or counseling environments. 

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