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Using SEL competencies as both a framework and toolkit to interrogate beliefs and attitudes, and then to prepare for culturally sustaining and antiracist education.


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“In the 7 years I have been going to this conference, Dwayne’s presentation was the BEST I have ever attended. He is amazingly engaging with insightful, relevant and actionable information. I was blown away and can’t wait to apply what I have learned. In fact, I learned more about being culturally relevant in 3 short hours with Dwayne than I did in 3 very long years in a graduate program. Bravo, Mr. Williams! You have educated a pasty white Irishman (no small accomplishment).”

Dan O’Rourke

Begin With Their Culture Blog Posts


Artist: Lupe Fiasco Song: Kick Push Kick Push is a song about a young man who is interested in learning to ride a skateboard. During his first few attempts at riding, he failed miserably. He slipped off the board, scratched his face up, and felt that he was an utter...

Paradigm Shifts

In the song Wings, rapper, Macklemore, shares a childhood story about his fascination with name brand shoes—namely, Air Jordans and Addidas. He explains that he bought into the hype of a brand and logo. He believed that the shoes made him cool; he wanted to fit in,...

Begin With Their Culture

Boosting Engagement Among Culturally Diverse Learners



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