Engage in a Day of Liberatory Practices in Education

March 4, 2023
9AM – 6PM
Western Washington University

Individual and group registration (of 5 or more people) by February 27th includes a full-day workshop and catered lunch.
For invoicing options with group registration, please email by February 23rd, 2023.

There's still time to register, don't miss out!


Bring your creative, bold, and rebellious spirit. Together we fight for an education system
where all students thrive.


Who the day of engagement is for

Beyond Reclamation is fast approaching, and we invite you to continue the work that we began at this year’s Convening and engage in a day of liberatory practices in education.

At this pivotal moment of the school year, the question, “what’s next?” is at the forefront for many of us. This is a moment to pause, think, and recognize how white dominant culture and values continue to impact the lived experiences of BIPOC educators and leaders.

Beyond Reclamation is a one-day event for the educational community to center the needs and stories of current BIPOC educators and leaders. Together we will build collective stamina to move forward with sustainable practices, solutions, and solidarity. Whether you are a leader exploring equitable approaches to budget and retention, a BIPOC educator working toward advancing racial equity, or an early career BIPOC educator navigating how to disrupt oppressive systems this is a space for you to engage, reflect, and evaluate in community.

What to Expect

Attendees engage in sessions during the Convening 2022.

8:30 – 9:00 am: Light Breakfast and Snacks

9:00 – 9:15 am: Welcome/Introduction to NWEW

9:15 – 10:15 am: Welcome from WWU
WWU Staff and Faculty Panel with A. Longoria

10:15 – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Topic-based Tracks Session #1 

12:30– 1:30 pm: Affinity/Community-based Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 pm: Topic-based Tracks Session #2

3:30 – 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 – 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks

4:00 – 6:00 pm: Happy Hour Networking

Clock hours available for all sessions

Our Framework: Liberation Pedagogy

Liberation Pedagogy is an approach to teaching, leading, and facilitating that asks all participants to use self-reflection and vulnerability to recognize and intentionally unlearn and undo white supremacist cultural norms. These norms subtly invade our behaviors (verbal, body language, and psychological state) but can have cumulative and colossal impact in upholding White supremacist culture.

Liberation Pedagogy also offers tools to replace those behaviors with more inclusive ones that are culturally affirming and sustaining for all. This is the ideal we constantly work towards and it is challenging work, particularly when alone or in isolation. But when we continually reflect and engage with decolonizing pedagogies and act in community with others, we create collective stamina and energy. Plainly speaking, being liberated is consistently and actively confronting our complicity in maintaining white supremacy.

How We Do the Work

Identity Work & Self-Care (Heartwork)

The key to retaining educators and leaders of color is helping them navigate the challenges and celebrate success along the way. The Convening will prioritize healing and the undoing of internalized and environmental oppression by regularly incorporating heartwork—care, flexibility, and celebration—into programming. 

Disruption & Dismantling Oppression (Headwork)

We know that continual knowledge building is important, and, that as people of color, the Network for EdWork’s (NWEW) community of participants need and bring transformative knowledge and skill development in order to sustain their work and remain in education.

Liberatory Education & Practices (Community)

Connecting and communing for sharing, encouragement, support, informal mentorship, and networking is foundational to most cultures. Establishing and cultivating community is essential to the success of our programming and increasing the diversity of the educator workforce in Washington.

March 4, 2023 | Western Washington University

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