Date: October 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: online

Photo Credit: Erin J. Bernard

Webinar presented by Michelle Nicola (Portland Public Schools).

What do we mean when we say that we are social justice educators?  What are concrete actions that social justice educators take? What beliefs or mindsets do we adopt? This webinar was created to help educators define what they mean by social justice education, and offer suggestions for how to incorporate self-reflection, relationship building & curriculum design as tools to recognize and interrupt inequitable patterns and practices in our world language classrooms and beyond. Participants also received a few lesson plan ideas that they can build on to meet their own communities’ social justice goals.

This event was one in a three-part webinar series about teaching social justice in the language classroom. The others are presented by LJ Randolph on September 12, and Stacey Margarita Johnson on October 3.

Download the presentation slides (PDF)

Watch the presentation in YouTube


Michelle Nicola is a teacher, writer and instructional coach from Portland, Oregon. In 2018, she lived in Xalapa, Mexico as a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching fellow, collecting Afro-Mexican stories that shaped her curriculum once home. Michelle believes in the power of good stories, highlighting joy and justice, and self-reflection as key components of social justice teaching. She is one of the 2014 recipients of Teaching Tolerance’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and has published articles in Rethinking Schools Magazine. On Michelle’s bucket list: Take a dance class in every Spanish speaking country! (She currently spends ample lockdown time planning how to accomplish this feat post-pandemic.) Michelle works for Portland Public Schools and can be reached on Twitter @profe_nicola.

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