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Akoben Workshops

Equity in Restorative Processes

This webinar series explores Restorative Practices through an equity lens by: (1) discussing the alignments between restorative practices and equity, (2) offering considerations for viewing restorative processes through an equity lens, and (3) inviting participants to avoid derailments when discussing and interrupting systemic inequities.
Facilitator: Yasmeen Davis
Date: October 8, 2020, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for Equity in Restorative Processes, October 8, 2020


We Owe All Children Their Innocence: Practices for Ending the Adultification of Black Girls

In June, 2017, the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law published the first study focused on the adultification of Black girls. It exposes some alarming adult perceptions of Black girls including misconceptions that they need less nurturing, protection and support. The report also suggests that these skewed adult assessments are linked to disproportionate rates of punitive action and disparate treatment of Black girls in public systems, specifically education and juvenile justice. Participants of this workshop will learn strategies for stopping the practice of adultification, but also do the inner work necessary to apply those strategies with fidelity. Activities centered on anti-Blackness and oppression help participants trace adultification to its roots, so that it can be unearthed and dismantled at the source. Participation in this workshop requires the completion of a few pre-workshop readings.

Facilitator: Andria Cole
Date: October 21, 2020, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for We Owe All Children Their Innocence, October 21, 2020


Understanding Youth in Poverty

Many of our institutions struggle to effectively serve youth (and their families) in poverty. At best, we are working hard to make our services and ourselves accessible to them, often without great success or engagement. This interactive workshop will have participants appropriately identify the faces of poverty, outline the particular challenges of families in poverty and confront their own notions of social class and privilege. Through activities and thought- provoking discussion, participants will have a deeper appreciation for the necessity of dynamic services for these amazing youth and how we can best meet their needs.

Facilitator: Dr. Malik Muhammad
Date: November 6, 2020, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for Understanding Youth in Poverty, November 6, 2020


We Can Save Our Boys of Color: Best Practices from the Field

As we struggle to turn the tide in the school-to-prison pipeline and disproportionate disciplinary practices affecting at-risk youth, especially Black and Latino boys, we desperately need innovative and alternative interventions. There are no magic pills or shortcuts in this work. However, with a comprehensive and “cocktail” approach we can build a synergy between interventions to create a powerful plan of action to save our Boys of Color. This workshop will identify and build understanding in the implementation of five best practices in serving this population. These practices are applicable within the school, community, and criminal justice environments

Facilitator: Dr. Malik Muhammad
Date: December 17, 2020, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for We Can Save Our Boys of Color, December 17, 2020


Equity Champions Coaching

TBD

Facilitator: Dr. Malik Muhammad
Date: January 21, 2021, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50


The Brave Community Model Pt. 1: A powerful way to learn about race to unlearn racism The Brave Community Model Pt. 1: A powerful way to learn about race to unlearn racism

Brave Community is a pedagogical approach to teaching about race in ways that support people to unlearn racism. It is drawn from research on teaching and learning about race, classroom experiences, and work directly with practitioners. This interactive workshop is designed to strengthen understanding with an accessible and adaptive approach to create learning communities where we each become braver in our learning and more empathetic with each other. During part one, we will overview Brave Community, its research-based origins, and its classroom-tested strategies. Day one will focus on offering opportunities to deepen understanding of the approach through discussions of real-life classroom scenarios in small groups.

Facilitator: Dr. Janine de Novias
Date: February 4, 2021, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for the Brave Community Part 1 and 2


The Brave Community Model Pt. 2: A powerful way to learn about race to unlearn racism

Brave Community can support participants’ work in their specific contexts. Participants will be grouped according to the racial justice lens and/or goals that they want to focus on in their work and co-construct how Brave Community can serve that work. We will leave with food for thought, tools for the work ahead, and a foundational approach for what we know is a lifelong process of unlearning racism.

Facilitator: Dr. Malik Muhammad
Date: February 11, 2021, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Registration included with Part 1 (above)


Equity in Restorative Processes

This webinar series explores Restorative Practices through an equity lens by: (1) discussing the alignments between restorative practices and equity, (2) offering considerations for viewing restorative processes through an equity lens, and (3) inviting participants to avoid derailments when discussing and interrupting systemic inequities.

Facilitator: Yasmeen Davis
Date: March 4, 2021, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for Equity in Restorative Processes, March 4, 2021


We Owe All Children Their Innocence: Practices for Ending the Adultification of Black Girls

In June, 2017, the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law published the first study focused on the adultification of Black girls. It exposes some alarming adult perceptions of Black girls including misconceptions that they need less nurturing, protection and support. The report also suggests that these skewed adult assessments are linked to disproportionate rates of punitive action and disparate treatment of Black girls in public systems, specifically education and juvenile justice. Participants of this workshop will learn strategies for stopping the practice of adultification, but also do the inner work necessary to apply those strategies with fidelity. Activities centered on anti-Blackness and oppression help participants trace adultification to its roots, so that it can be unearthed and dismantled at the source. Participation in this workshop requires the completion of a few pre-workshop readings.

Facilitator: Andria Cole
Date:March 19, 2021, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for We Owe All Children Their Innocence, March 19, 2021


Understanding Youth in Poverty

Many of our institutions struggle to effectively serve youth (and their families) in poverty. At best, we are working hard to make our services and ourselves accessible to them, often without great success or engagement. This interactive workshop will have participants appropriately identify the faces of poverty, outline the particular challenges of families in poverty and confront their own notions of social class and privilege. Through activities and thought- provoking discussion, participants will have a deeper appreciation for the necessity of dynamic services for these amazing youth and how we can best meet their needs.

Facilitator: Dr. Malik Muhammad
Date: April 15, 2021, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for Understanding Youth in Poverty, April 15, 2021


We Can Save Our Boys of Color: Best Practices from the Field

As we struggle to turn the tide in the school-to-prison pipeline and disproportionate disciplinary practices affecting at-risk youth, especially Black and Latino boys, we desperately need innovative and alternative interventions. There are no magic pills or shortcuts in this work. However, with a comprehensive and “cocktail” approach we can build a synergy between interventions to create a powerful plan of action to save our Boys of Color. This workshop will identify and build understanding in the implementation of five best practices in serving this population. These practices are applicable within the school, community, and criminal justice environments.

Facilitator: Dr. Malik Muhammad
Date: April 16, 2021, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 5:30 pm EST)
Cost: $50
Register Online for We Can Save Our Boys of Color, April 16, 2021