Creating a more inclusive classroom is the topic of the public lecture on March 15

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

Patrick Sylvain, Jalene Tamerat and Marie Lily Cerat wrote “education without borders,in which they argue that common practices in American schools contribute to stress and disadvantage many children.

They share strategies for addressing racial inequality and creating a more inclusive learning experience. They examine the intersection of language policy and social justice and the ways in which culturally relevant education can be better for all. They also explore how teachers can meet the needs of immigrant and first-generation students.

Although they focus on Haitian and Dominican students in the United States, the general themes can be applied universally.

The online-only presentation will take place at 6 p.m. tuesday march 15, with time at the end for questions and answers from the audience. (Event details here.)

It is part of Seattle City Hall Civic Series.

Learn more about speakers:

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

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

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

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