Ally Engagement

Connecting, developing, and empowering anti-racist leaders

Ready to redefine and challenge the current
education system?

Right now in WA state and across the country, classroom teachers and educational leaders are still disproportionately white. Students of color deserve to see themselves represented in education. Educators and leaders of color deserve to work in environments that value their identities and perspectives.  

The Ally Engagement Program provides learning opportunities for university, school, and district leaders looking to transform their school environments to be more antiracist, relevant, and responsive to BIPOC leaders, educators, and all students. The program supports white leaders on their journey to redefine how they can create and sustain inclusive environments. 

Representation In Education

Right now in WA state and across the country, classroom teachers and educational leaders are still disproportionately white. Students of color deserve to see themselves represented in education. Educators and leaders of color deserve to work in environments that value their identities and perspectives. 

Recognize, undo, replace, engage.

Ally Engagement uses TAF’s Liberation Pedagogy framework to provide learning spaces geared toward self-reflection and self-examination. Our program is centered on “headwork”, “heartwork”, and rooted in community, which allows for leaders to chart their own path for growth and change. 

The foundation of our programming is to dismantle and replace institutionalized racist structures and practices. The program itself will provide space and guidance for white leaders to self-challenge and redefine the systems in which they operate.

 

Ally Engagement provides white education leaders an opportunity to explore their own identities in order to acquire the skills and confidence to more effectively engage in this vital work.

  • Recognizing how racism/racist beliefs and practices show up in our life and work
  • Processes and practices for undoing racist practices and beliefs
  • Replacing oppressive mindsets and behaviors
  • Engaging continually and engaging others in the process of leading for liberation

The annual launch is an opportunity for leaders and aspiring leaders in education to learn about TAF’s Liberation Pedagogy framework through our two leadership professional development programs, Education EnCounter and Ally Engagement. Attendees participate in a guided workshop exploring the application of Liberation Pedagogy in their schools – and are provided with a framework to help create and sustain more inclusive and equitable schools. 

Every year, the TAF’s Network for EdWork brings together leaders and educators from across the country to support the  development of antiracist educators and to create transformative and sustainable change in education for BIPOC leaders, educators, and students. 

Our annual convening is a 3-day event that includes keynote speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities.   

Engagements are workshops that serve as a space for white leaders to examine the impact of racism on self, others, and the education system. Engagements will support partners to first recognize and then subsequently challenge and unlearn traditional norms, in order to replace them and engage in more inclusive and liberatory leadership practices. Our Engagements are focused on certain themes that meet ally partners at different stages of their development – and are designed for them to partake in meaningful ways through clearly defined objectives and diverse presentation formats, speakers, experts, as well as activities and resources.  

Sample Engagement Topics: 

  • Supremacy/oppressor mindset 
  • Culturally responsive education 
  • Microaggressions in work culture 
  • Dominant narratives in prescribed school curricula 

To help maintain community and support in between formal program events, we are developing an online resource portal through Tovuti, where participants can access materials from past Ally Engagement programming, resources for networking with other ally partners, clock hour information, and information for upcoming events. This hub will be the go-to for Ally Engagement materials, resources, and opportunities.  

To help maintain community and support in between formal program events, we are developing an online resource portal through Tovuti, where participants can access materials from past Ally Engagement programming, resources for networking with other ally partners, clock hour information, and information for upcoming events. This hub will be the go-to for Ally Engagement materials, resources, and opportunities.

Interested in joining? Download the Ally Engagement Brochure to learn more.

Join our growing network! 

To learn more about Ally Engagement and how you can sign up and become a partner with the Network for EdWork,  contact David Goldenkranz, Ally Engagement Program Manager at davidg@techaccess.org 

Need more information?
Download the program brochure.

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