Have you ever wondered if one of your students is capable of murder? Well, what if you knew that your entire class had committed violent crimes,? How would you build a positive classroom culture with that knowledge? Dawn Matthews-Nichols has been teaching since 1987 in a variety of settings with “emotionally disturbed” youth. She’s seen education from the margins and has some powerful advice for mainstream teachers.
- A call to action for progressive teachers wanting to amplify their impact and challenge the status quo! (1:37)
- Can revolutionary knowledge be held by those benefiting from the current system? (5:23)
- What drew Dawn into education and why she decided to not teach right away so that she could better understand the context of the whole student. (9:25)
- Working with “emotionally disturbed” youth at Project Trust and the Calgary Young Offenders Centre. (16:39)
- The demographics factors of students in the Young Offender’s Center. (32:15)
- Sustaining the work of change through joy, boundaries, and emotional regulation. (35:52)
- Building relationships and trust through classroom expectations. (41:42)
- Exploring the over-representation of BIPOC youth in the jail system. (45:02)
- The advice that Dawn offers to mainstream teachers from her years working in a correctional facility. (49:07)
- The purpose of education. (56:16)
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