Sunday, January 22, 2012

For Black Role Models: A Black History Month Training in Racial Justice - Los Angeles, Ca.

ATTENTION: Educators, Counselors, Social Workers, Mentors & Parents

Message Media Ed Professional Development presents...
(for Black Role Models w/ Black  students)

Learn to create racially and socially just learning spaces.
Important culturally relevant, staff development designed to meet the contemporary needs of educators, counselors (K-12 & Higher Ed), social workers, mentors and parents in a media saturated society and to improve the learning experiences for African American youth.

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

SAT, February 25th, 9:30AM-2:00PM
@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 FEB 22

Pre-reading is assigned once registered. You do not need to be a credentialed educator to participate in Rise Above the Noise. You should however, be able to relate to being classified or perceived as African American or of African Descent. Please visit our website 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

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 historical white/black dynamic in education. This is an innovative, research-based, training in ideology, perception and pedagogy for educators, counselors, social workers, mentors and parents of African descent, and/or organizations or schools with Black educators, serving African American students/youth. The curriculum is interactive, engaging and rooted in the Afro-Media Literacy Educational Framework

The best part about Rise Above the Noise 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-awareness 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. 

Register below by Wed. 2/22/12

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