OPS — Reconstructing Curriculum

Reconstructing Curriculum: The Classroom/Teaching Experience

Unconscious prejudice can subtly influence our attitudes and behaviors. It inhibits our ability to authentically connect with students and can impede our effectiveness as educators. In these important sessions, you’ll develop a profound awareness of your own unconscious bias and help your students’ hidden stories be brought to light.

Dr. Akintunde illustrates how prejudice has been perpetuated throughout American society and its school curricula. He shares his own life experiences and invites you to do the same. These personally illuminating sessions feature reading, collaborative projects, lesson plan review, and discussion. Spirited conversation helps shine a light on everyone’s hidden prejudice, and reveals how it creeps into our daily work. Soon you’ll discover natural opportunities to unveil “hidden narratives” and validate student relevance in your lessons. Intense, thought-provoking, and challenging. A rare opportunity for reflection and candor that empowers you as a teacher, and inspires encouraging results for your students.

“Sometimes it’s what you know when you don’t know that that’s what you know.”
— Dr. Omowale Akintunde

Reconstructing Curriculum: From Theory to Praxis

This unique series of classes builds upon the eyeopening insights of Reconstructing Curriculum I — sharing additional tools and strategies that create meaningful, relevant classroom experiences. Noted scholar Dr. Omowale Akintunde kicks off even more transforming opportunities for insight, leading you to a new way of teaching. Your students will develop a richer curiosity and eagerness to learn, fueled by seeing their own personal relevance in class material.

Sessions feature small work groups where colleagues benefit from each other’s learning experiences. Expect tangible guiding principles that promise to help you and your students see the world in a fresh “blinders-off” way. Sessions include Dr. Akintunde’s individualized coaching and ample time to develop real-world applications.

As your classes become more engaged and inquisitive, you gain a new enthusiasm for teaching. Past frustration is replaced by pride and self-assurance. Your inner journey pays off. Confidence-boosting, horizon-expanding, and hope-renewing. The insights and practical skill-building are liberating and energizing.

“You have those students who are not achieving because school isn’t relevant to them; it’s not relevant to their life so they don’t try; they don’t achieve and on their part it might be purposeful. And so my goal for next year is really making my curriculum, my teaching, my classroom just more relevant to their lives.”
— Participant

Reconstructing Curriculum: The Whole School Experience

This cohort focuses on the all too important total school experience. Every person in the school setting impacts the teaching and learning process. Much of what children “learn” in school is not via intentional pedagogical transmission. Many educational theorists refer to this phenomenon as “The Hidden Curriculum.” “The Hidden Curriculum,” much like its corollary “The Hidden Narrative,” is constantly influencing school culture in discrete yet profound ways.

The purpose of The Whole School Experience is to uncover these influences and the personnel that function in a school environment peripherally to the direct teacher/student experience.

The Whole School Experience is designed for administrators, paraprofessionals, and other school staff to include (but not limited to) administrative assistants, school nutritionists, school security, and building engineers. This cohort will focus on how participants can see the impact of race, class, and gender on the school experience; how their particular areas of expertise impact the teaching/learning process; and how they can learn to consciously employ their skills to positively impact the total school culture.

Reconstructing Curriculum

Reconstructing Curriculum 1:  The Classroom/Teaching Experience
Dates: Mondays, September 11, October 9, October 23, November 13, and December 4 
Time: 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Omaha
Stipend: $250, includes parking and dinner

Reconstructing Curriculum 2:  From Theory to Praxis
Dates: Wednesdays, September 13, October 11, October 25, November 15, and December 6
Time: 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown and the Hilton Omaha
Stipend: $250, includes parking and dinner

Reconstructing Curriculum: The Whole School Experience
Dates: Saturdays, September 16 and October 14
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Downtown and the Hilton Omaha
Stipend: $200, includes parking and dinner