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Creating a more inclusive classroom is topic for March 15 Town Hall talk

"Education Across Borders" authors will talk about language policies, social justice and lowering student stress.

Three educators will talk about the perils of non-inclusive classrooms — and how schools can do better — in a virtual presentation with Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, March 15.

Patrick Sylvain, Jalene Tamerat and Marie Lily Cerat have written “Education Across Borders,” in which they contend that common practices in American schools contribute to stress and put many children at a disadvantage.

They share strategies for addressing racial inequities and creating a more inclusive learning experience. They look at the intersection of language policies and social justice and the ways culturally relevant teaching can be better for all. They also explore how teachers can support the needs of immigrant and first-generation students.

While they focus on Haitian and Dominican students in the U.S., the overall themes can apply universally.

The online-only presentation will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, with time at the end for audience Q&A. (Event details here.)

It is part of Town Hall Seattle’s Civics series.

More on the speakers:

Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian-American writer, essayist and poet and instructor at Brown University.

Jalene Tamerat is a leader in K–12 education, a former Boston Public Schools teacher whose work focuses on the preparing teachers to meet the needs of diverse urban youth.

Marie Lily Cerat was as a bilingual Haitian Creole educator with the New York City Department of Education before joining the Haitian Studies Institute and City University of New York. She is the co-founder of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees.

More at Town Hall:

Bree Picower to discuss racism in the classroom in March 13 Town Hall event

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.