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August 16, 2021, 9:30 am - 11:00 am EST
August 18, 2021, 9:30 am - 11:00 am EST

Embodying Our Anti-Racist Values at School


Developing the Psychological Readiness to Work Against Racism

Designed to support the progress of white educators committed to working against racism, this workshop is open to all interested independent school faculty, staff, and administrators.

To help gain the most impact from your investment in this program, AISNE encourages each participating school to send a team of community members.

About This Workshop

You’re white and you want to do more to be anti-racist.

What does “doing more” mean? You’ve heard you need to “do your own work” and that anti-racism begins with yourself. What exactly does that look like?

Focus on how anti-racism is a value you can enact within your daily practice. Like all values-consistent actions, anti-racism is sometimes difficult, uncomfortable, and even painful.

This highly participatory workshop will explore a contextual behavioral science-based definition of values. From there, participants will collaborate to reflect on how anti-racism is a value each of us can enact within our day-to-day practice.

Discuss ways to develop your own anti-racist values and accept the inevitable discomfort that comes along with living an anti-racist life.

Workshop Agenda at a Glance


Anti-Racism as a Value
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. EST

What might it mean to bring anti-racist values to our work as educators? After establishing working definitions of racism and anti-racism, we will explore a definition of values from contextual psychology by writing about some of our own values. Finally, we will bring the two concepts together by beginning to discuss how anti-racism is a value we can enact in our daily lives.

During this session, you will:

  • Establish working definitions of racism and anti-racism
  • Explore a definition of values that comes from contextual psychology
  • Discuss how anti-racism is a value we can enact in our daily lives


Bringing Our Anti-Racist Values to Our Work
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. EST

This session focuses on the external and internal work white educators can do to make our anti-racist values manifest. First, we will discuss ways to bring our anti-racist values to our practices as educators. Then, we will discover cognitive tools that help us develop the willingness to take anti-racist action, even when it’s difficult or painful.

In this second session, you will:

  • Discuss ways to bring our anti-racist values to our work as educators
  • Discover how to develop the willingness to take anti-racist action

About Our Facilitator

Lauren Porosoff presents and writes about how students and teachers can bring their values to their learning, work, and relationships.

An educator with 18 years of classroom experience in independent schools, Lauren has developed applications of contextual behavioral science to various education practices, including instructional design, social-emotional learning, and professional development.

Testimonials from Lauren’s program participants:

  • Lauren is incredible. Her delivery style is hands-on, interactive, and attendees “walk away with tons of resources” and things to do. She REALLY knows her stuff.
  • Lauren holds the attendees’ interest and does a great job. Folks will walk away with knowledge and ideas to bring back to their school communities.

Lauren Porosoff is the lead author of EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience (Solution Tree, 2017), Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values (Solution Tree, 2019), Values & Questions (Hawker Brownlow Education, 2020), Teach Meaningful: Tools to Design the Curriculum at Your Core (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), and the upcoming The PD Curator: How to Design Peer-to-Peer Professional Learning That Elevates Teachers and Teaching (ASCD, 2021).

Follow Lauren on Twitter: @LaurenPorosoff

Registration Details

Virtual Format Rates

AISNE Workshops are open both to AISNE member schools and non-member schools. The rates for this particular workshop reflect the depth of experiences offered, including three bonus discussion opportunities.

AISNE Member Schools

  • $99 per person
  • $89 per person for 3-4 participants*
  • $75 per person for 5-19 participants*
  • $60 per person for 20+ participants*

Non-Member Schools

  • $149 per person
  • $139 per person for 3-4 participants*
  • $125 per person for 5+ participants*

*To utilize our Group Savings Rates, please designate one person from your school to register all participants at the same time.

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AISNE Workshops include takeaway content, tools, and resources. Notes and prompts are provided to support asynchronous and follow-up participant engagement. These resources are summarized and provided on a password-accessible web page.