Session 2, Workshop 5: Disrupting Colonization In Your Classroom, 5-12
Tricia Ebarvia & Christie Nold
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Tricia is an expert in adolescent literacy, with a focus on inclusive, student-centered practices through reading and writing workshop. She is currently an English teacher in Pennsylvania, where she began teaching after receiving her Masters degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Tricia is also the co-founder of #DistruptTexts, a crowdsourced, grass roots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon in order to create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum that our students deserve. It is part of our mission to aid and develop teachers committed to anti-racist/anti-bias teaching pedagogy and practices.
Christie Nold (she/her) teaches sixth grade at Fredrick H. Tuttle Middle School which rests on unceded territory of Abenaki peoples in South Burlington, Vermont. Christie also co-facilitates a graduate class on educational equity and serves as a co-adviser for her school’s Students Organizing Against Racism collective. Prior to her time at FHTMS, Christie led school programming at Shelburne Farms, a non-profit dedicated to education for sustainability, and taught English and Civic Engagement at a village school in Nedryhailiv, Ukraine. She is committed to teaching and learning in community and currently works less than five miles from her childhood home. In addition to local facilitation, Christie is an active member of #ClearTheAir, a Twitter chat led by Val Brown that is dedicated to exploring the intersection of antiracism and public education. She is also a member of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools, serves on the Teacher Advisory Council for National Geographic, and is a member of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Community Advisory Group.