Teaching Hard History
Guest Speaker : April Francis
Thursday, April 15, 4:30 to 6:oo p.m.
CTLE Credit Available* (see details below)
Registration Free for Members and Renewed Members
The goal of this workshop is to have educators in a shared space to discuss the necessity of a culturally responsive learning environment that teaches about slavery and its legacy in the United States. Attendees will be provided with best practices, and the tools, on how to teach lessons on the history of slavery and anti-Black racism. Attendees will participate in breakout sessions to exchange ideas, resources, and recommendations for teaching and learning hard history.
Presenter: April Francis-Taylor
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity and former NYSCSS Vice President
April Francis-Taylor is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity at Eastern Suffolk BOCES. She is an advocate for equitable systems and a regional education leader with over 17 years of experience. She received her B.A., M.A., and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Leadership from Hofstra University. Francis-Taylor has served as a teacher, building and district administrator in the Long Island and Westchester regions. Additionally, due to her advocacy for equity, she has served on NYSED Culturally Responsive and Sustaining (CR-S) Framework stakeholder committee, NYSED Civic Readiness Task Force, the NYS DemocracyReady Coalition, and as Vice President of the New York State Council of the Social Studies. Ms. Francis-Taylor is the recipient of the Nassau BOCES “Education Partner” Award and the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) “Program of Excellence Award.” She has presented at national conferences and facilitated a plethora of workshops with educators, community groups, parents, and students. She has been featured in various education publications, such as NCSS “Social Education” and McGraw-Hill “The Art of Teaching.”