Red Clay Writing Project Saturday Morning Series, Conversing with Students in Contentious Times: Civic Engagement and Protest
In this workshop, participants will engage in a dialogue about how community organizing and civic engagement can (and why they should!) figure into the classroom setting. Participants will engage in a short discussion of the history of the role of protests and civic engagement in social change; consider the risks and difficulties of incorporating this content into the classroom; and explore curricular approaches for teaching content around protest and organizing. Participants will also work in small groups to build and explore a sample organizing curriculum. This workshop is designed for grades 6-12 educators and community educators who want to facilitate student engagement with social change; connect students to vocabulary that can help them analyze the world around them; and provide students with strategies to intervene in that world.
Instructor: Briana Bivens, Athens For Everyone, Organization Coordinator
Bivens (she/her) is a PhD student in Educational Theory and Practice at UGA, a graduate assistant in the UGA College of Education’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and a community organizer in Athens, Georgia. She has served in various organizing roles with Athens for Everyone, the Economic Justice Coalition, and the Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee. She also ran a regional field campaign in Georgia to defeat the state’s 2016 ballot initiative (Amendment 1) to takeover public schools, and managed Tim Denson’s successful 2018 campaign for Athens-Clarke County Commission. She believes that transformative change requires grassroots base-building and strong, intersectional coalitions. Briana is interested in the pedagogy of social movement building and how community organizing spaces enact practices oriented toward affirmation, healing, and sustainability.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 9:00am to 12:00pm
110 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602