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Begin With Their Culture

Conference Keynote

Dwayne D. Williams provides keynote talks on exactly what practitioners and educators must do in order to create culturally meaningful supports for culturally diverse learners. Using stories, he describes the process of developing culturally sustaining practices. He addresses MTSS from a culturally sustaining lens and shares that SEL must not only help students understand emotions and the emotions of others, but SEL must be a tool that students use to develop racial and cultural identities. He says that students must love themselves and embrace their racial and cultural groups in order to engage at their highest potential. He believes that SEL activities and curricula should lead to such awareness.

Topics:

Culturally sustaining

  • Problem solving
  • MTSS
  • SEL
  • Trauma-informed supports

 

 

Professional Development

Dwayne D. Williams provides professional development on the topic of cultural awareness and culturally sustaining practices. He trains community leaders, administrators, and practitioners on how to apply theory to the classroom, across tiers, in order to create culturally sustaining MTSS, SEL, and trauma-informed supports for culturally diverse learners.

Keynote Topics:

Cultural awareness and culturally sustaining

  • Problem solving
  • MTSS
  • SEL
  • Trauma-informed supports

 

 

Direct Services

Dwayne D. Williams provides direct services for students, in which he uses his curriculum Like Music to My Ears: A Hip-Hop Approach to Addressing SEL and Trauma in Schools as a guide to engage students in culturally sustaining SEL and trauma-informed supports. When providing services, Dwayne shows up with ideas of what he would like to share with students (SEL competencies and trauma-informed awareness), but he collaborates with students in order to create the most culturally meaningful activities, based on his students lived experiences. He provides direct services for school districts and community organizations, and he coaches practitioners on how to use his curriculum, so that that they can continue the work when he leaves.

Topics:

Culturally sustaining

  • social emotional learning groups
  • trauma-informed groups
  • adaptations to current groups

 

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