K-12 Literacy Conference

F2017 Closing Session – Teaching Tolerance

Closing – 3 EST

Closing Session:

Closing Remarks: Christopher Lehman, Founding Director, The Educator Collaborative

Closing Keynote: 

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About Teaching Tolerance from their website:

[su_row] Our mission is to reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations and support equitable school experiences for our nation’s children. We believe that schools must educate all students for full participation in a diverse democracy.

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Our program emphasizes social justice and anti-bias. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Our Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice and action.

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[su_row]Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau is an Associate Specialist at the University of Hawai‘i, College of Education, Institute for Teacher Education, Secondary Program and she is the Director of Curriculum and Research at the University of Hawai‘i Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education. She is a dedicated practitioner of philosophy for children Hawai‘i who achieved National Board Certification while teaching secondary social studies in the Hawaii State Department of Education for over ten years. In 2011 she won the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching. Her current projects include carrying out multicultural, social justice, and democratic approaches to pre-service social studies teacher education, using self-study
research methodologies to promote international collaboration, and developing the emergent field of deliberative pedagogy.

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[su_row]Lhisa Almashy is a 25 year veteran teacher and trainer in Palm Beach County. She is currently the Cultural Competency Program Planner for The School District of Palm Beach County. Education is her passion as she is dedicated to empowering people.

Lhisa has a Master of Arts degree in TESOL from the University of San Francisco and has been teaching ESOL and social studies classes since 1991.  She has presented at various local, state and national conferences. Her innovative and creative, hands-on teaching strategies have earned her local, state, and national recognition. She won the esteemed Dwyer Award for Special Programs in 2009 and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education for the State of Florida as well as The Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award for Palm Beach County in 2010.  Lhisa earned national recognition with The 2013 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching. She has worked with The National Urban Alliance and The Southern Poverty Law Center as a mentor, teacher, consultant and advisory board member.

Lhisa has presented at various local, state and national conferences such as Palm Beach County’s Annual Culture and Language Conference, PBTESOL, Sunshine State TESOL, CATESOL, NABE, NAALS and NABSE.  Lhisa has taught ESOL and Cultural Diversity classes at Nova University and now teaches the online endorsement classes through the School District of Palm Beach County and The Schultz Center for Education.  She is also a consultant and facilitator Cultural Competency and Diversity workshops, prevention of sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. She has worked with organizations in San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County, Detroit, Buffalo, Minnesota, and Mississippi.  She earned a fellowship with The Business Innovation Factory in Providence, Rhode Island in 2017 and is able to merge that work with her current position within the department of Student Services for Equity and Access in The school District of Palm Beach County.

Cultural Competency is designed to build an awareness of values and beliefs, ethnocentrism and power as they relate to relationships and different perspectives. She feels it is an honor and a privilege to share some of her high energy techniques and pedagogy through interactive training environments where dialogue is the gateway to understanding.



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