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“Critical Conversations in Education: Decolonizing the Curriculum” Event Scheduled for April 20

"Culturally Responsive School Leadership (PK-12 Education)" will be presented as the second part of the "Critical Conversations in Education: Decolonizing the Curriculum" series sponsored by the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies.

Muhammad Khalifa, professor of educational administration at Ohio State University, will be the speaker at 7:30 p.m. April 20. You can register at this link. This presentation focuses on how school leaders can effective serve minoritized students - those who have been historically marginalized in school and society.

The purpose of this series is to bring to light how what is taught at all levels of education is born of colonization and to elevate how we can work together to decolonize the curriculum to make education accessible for all. Stemming from the "Inclusive Curriculum" of the 1990s and "Decolonizing the University" in 2011, the term Decolonizing the Curriculum arose from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In this movement, students demanded the removal of the Cecil Rhodes statue, as the statue was a stark reminder of Eurocentric academic paradigms. Since that time, the Decolonizing the Curriculum movement has encouraged dialogue and action for the inclusion of all cultures and knowledge systems in formal education settings and recognizes that these changes are necessary for a sustainable future.

The Decolonizing the Curriculum is sponsored by a generous gift by President John R. Broderick and is designed to spark candid and uncomfortable examinations of educational institutions.

The third and final event of the series this semester will be Sharon Stein's Decolonization Workshop
for Higher Education, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 13. You can register for that event at this link.

You can see the first event in the series, "Indigenous presence, weaponry, and (un)belonging in the glittering world" (Higher Education), which was presented by Amanda Tachine, at this link.

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