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Workshop – Bridging Differences in K-12 Education: Creating New, Meaningful Connections

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Workshop Location: Naomi Lane Room at the Albion District Library (501 S. Superior St, Albion, MI 49224)


Workshop – Bridging Differences in K-12 Education: Creating New, Meaningful Connections
Chaplain Ken Ponds, Reverend Lois McCullen Parr, Dr. Shayla R. Griffin, and Linda LaNoue, AMRCP Project Coordinator

You are invited to gather with friends and neighbors across our two communities to learn about bridging the divides that affect our youth and their K-12 education. Facilitated by social justice educator and author, Dr. Shayla Reese Griffin, the workshop will guide participants through a self-reflection process that will examine one’s personal experiences with their K-12 education. She will also share proven methods for building connections across the differences of race and class in education, helping each participant strengthen the bonds that build a strong community and region for all to flourish.

Dr. Griffin will have copies of her book available for purchase at the workshop, and as an added bonus Teaching Tolerance will also be providing 50 free copies of Speak Up! Copies of Those Kids, Our Schools are also available at the Albion and Marshall District Libraries.

The workshop is free and open to all ages. Check out the Albion French Market or the Marshall Farmers Market, then come join us for a rich and rewarding discussion. Afterward, you could head across the street to the Albion Malleable Brewing Company or another downtown Albion establishment for a beverage and a snack to round out your afternoon.

Questions? Please contact or call 517-960-2029.

Workshop – Bridging Differences in K-12 Education: Creating New, Meaningful Connections
Participants listen to Dr. Griffin at the Albion District LIbrary

Shayla R. Griffin, received her Ph.D. and M.S.W. from the joint program in Social Work and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and her B.A. from Spelman College—Atlanta, GA. Shayla’s work focuses on equity, inclusion, and social justice in K-12 schools.

Shayla has extensive experience in dialogue facilitation, diversity training, and social justice education. She has worked with high school students, college students, and hundreds of K-12 teachers around issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in more than 15 school districts.

Shayla has taught courses on race, social justice, and diversity at the University of Michigan for the Program on Intergroup Relations, the School of Social Work, and the Department of Anthropology. She has been the recipient of a number of research grants including the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Andrew W. Woodrow Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Humanities.

From 2012-2014 Shayla was a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context. Currently she is the Equity, Diversity, and School Culture Consultant for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District where she is tasked with providing professional development to educators across the county in order to help them improve their practice in the areas of teaching and learning, relationships and climate, images and celebrations, behavior and discipline, and policies and Procedures.

Shayla is the author of Those Kids, Our Schools: Race and Reform in an American High School (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and co-author of the forthcoming book Race Dialogues: Everything You Need to Know to Tackle the Elephant in the Classroom (Teachers College Press). Shayla resides in Detroit, MI with her spouse and two children.

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