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Fall Study Group on Race

September 23, 2020 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Five Wednesdays
September 23 and 30, October 14 and 21, November 4
4:00 – 5:40 pm online

Instructors—Marlene Carter and David Williams

The UCLA Writing Project invites you to join us for our Fall Study Group on Race.  We will meet virtually on Zoom five times to read and discuss articles about ways we can address race and racism including anti-blackness in our lives, our schools, and our communities.  If you join, you can also invite a friend: a colleague at your school, a friend from another school, any educator who wants to educate themselves about race and racism.  All are welcome, including those of you who joined us for our Summer Study Group on Race.

We Will Explore
  • What is racism and how can we all grow on our journey to become anti-racists?
  • How we can address racism with our family and friends?
  • How can we plan and teach grade-level appropriate lessons from an anti-racist perspective?
  • What can we do to address systemic racism and bias within our schools and school districts?

The UCLA Writing Project will provide a letter verifying up to 8 hours of attendance to your school or school district.

Cost:  $75

Your school may be able to use Title 1 or discretionary funds for this purpose.

Marlene Carter is Co-Director of Professional Development for the UCLA Writing Project. Before retiring from LAUSD, she taught English at Dorsey High School Math, Science and Technology Magnet. Marlene also leads our Improving Student Writing team. She has published articles about the teaching of writing and provides professional development for teachers in the Los Angeles area. As a 9th grade teacher, Marlene helped students make the transition from middle school to high school writing. She believes that writing should be joyful and that all students can grow as writers.

David Williams is a former National Board Certified language arts instructor who taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District at Dorsey High School, where he also coached football and track and field, and served as senior class advisor. Although he is no longer employed with LAUSD, he continues to oversee the District’s Academic Decathlon essay competition. Currently he teaches composition as an adjunct professor at Cal State Long Beach and at Cal State Dominguez Hills. As a UCLA Writing Project Fellow since 1990, he believes that all students can grow as writers, that teachers are the best teachers of other teachers, and he maintains strong support for UCLA WP workshops and programs both as facilitator and as participant/learner.

Registration is closed since we have reached capacity for the Fall Study Group on Race.


September 23, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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