Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice

August 3-7, 2020

The Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice is an experiential summer professional development program for educators and other individuals interested in building more inclusive and affirming classrooms through exploration and development of strategies and skills to effectively navigate diversity issues in independent schools.

The IDSJ is designed to support educators of all types in their development of racial proficiency, culturally aware pedagogy and intersectionality – the theory of how different types of social identity and discrimination interact. Participants will also gain hands-on experience using the Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework® to explore how to infuse the examination of identity, diversity, justice and action into teaching and learning.

All attendees will leave with research-based tools and practically-useful resources to increase their capacity to implement anti-bias curriculum and strategies for making their schools and classrooms more just, equitable and safe. Therefore, it is recommended that each school send a cohort/team of individuals who can and will work together to improve their school's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Registration Costs

Regular Registration
Feb. 2–May 15, 2020: $900

Late Registration
May 16–June 19, 2020: $950

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Cost includes dormitory-style on-campus housing.


The Institute is facilitated by Shanelle Henry, Director of Equity and Inclusion at Greens Farms Academy; Dr. Khyati Joshi, Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University; and Sara Wicht, educational consultant and former senior manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center).

IDSJ Participants