Dr. Artika R. Tyner Introduces K-12 Educator Training Series on Inclusive Leadership

By: Planting People Growing Justice
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Feb. 25, 2021 - PRLog -- Much has been said and proposed for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in schools, but very few concrete plans or steps have been made in that direction. Dr. Artika R. Tyner, Ed.D., M.P.P., J.D. decided to do something about it with a new training series for K-12 educators to teach principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in an authentic way within the classroom and co-curricular programs

"The future depends on our ability to inspire and equip students to become inclusive leaders. Educators are in a prime position to teach students core leadership competencies which include: self-awareness, communication, problem solving, and emotional intelligence," said Tyner.

A dynamic speaker, Tyner draws upon her nearly two decades of culturally responsive teaching in the classroom and extensive research to inspire and equip students to become inclusive leaders, while developing the core leadership and cultural agility competencies. Her upcoming book, "The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity" aptly demonstrates steps that educators can take.

Preparing students to become the leaders of tomorrow requires inclusive leadership in the classroom. It is needed to bring about social change that combats inequities, aids in bringing about unity, and supports equitable learning outcomes for all students.

Tyner teaches strategies for addressing implicit bias and becoming an antiracist. She also models how to move beyond celebrating cultural heritage months to reshaping the curriculum for year-round engagement. Her focus is on building cultural exchanges through interpersonal connections coupled with experiential learning.

Students must be able to relate subject matter to themselves in some way or real-world issues they may be experiencing. Culturally responsive teaching (https://www.artikatyner.com/speaking-topics) begins from the bottom up to introduce students to a wider world and develop a more inclusive attitude through multiple types of content. This can be accomplished through learning games, artwork, and videos, reading, guest speakers, and promoting positive images of different cultures that eliminate negative stereotypes.

Tyner is ideally suited to speak about DEI and culturally responsive teaching. She is a highly sought speaker and founder of the non-profit organization Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute (https://www.ppgjli.org/) (PPGJLI). Tyner is an educator, advocate for children, social justice, and has been featured in numerous media outlets.

Culturally responsive teaching to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion is necessary in a multicultural world if every student is to achieve their full potential. Incorporating culturally diverse elements into the curriculum is an easy step toward that goal and just one of the many points she makes during her training series for K-12 educators. DEI fosters critical thinking skills for a journey of discovery, growth, and transformation.

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