Educator Workshops

K-12 educator workshops provide interactive sessions and educational resources that strengthen knowledge about local and global issues. Each event creates opportunities to discuss how to integrate intercultural resources into the school community. Engaging speakers and interactive sessions have addressed regions around the world and themes such as the immigration and refugee experience, the global link between the environment and social justice, and women in the world.

Culturally Relevant Teaching Virtual Workshop Series

Join administrators, teachers, and students from different school districts to learn about Culturally Relevant Teaching, discuss what’s happening on the ground, and dig into the complexity of this work during these challenging times.

Workshops will address the following Culturally Relevant Teaching practices (developed by Beaverton School District Equity Office and teacher representatives):

  1. Know Yourself- Explore how educator’s own experiences, attitudes, assumptions, values, and beliefs around race, language, culture, gender, and class impact their teaching and learning.
  2. Know Your Students- Learn how race, language, culture, gender, and class shape students' beliefs and expectations about learning.
  3. Capitalize On Student Expertise- Learn about students’ cultural capital – strengths and experiences they bring into the classroom.
  4. Make Language Count- Leverage the languages used in the classroom – vocabulary, nonverbal communications, native languages, and culturally specific communication styles.

WorldOregon is proud to partner with our counterpart in Seattle:


Workshop #1: November 10th, 2020

Outside the Box, Behind the Screen: Connecting to Students through Cultural Artifacts 

Presenters: Courtney Ferrari and Neema Sahebi, Teachers, Valley Catholic Middle School

Description: Cultural artifacts are objects, or realia, from daily life, that reflect the beliefs, values, and assumptions that make us who we are. In this session, you’ll explore realia from WorldOregon’s Culture Box program and see how they can help you learn about your students while teaching about the world. The Culture Boxes include primary sources that develop students’ observational skills, increase curiosity about the world, and provide conversation starters to build community in your classroom, whether you are teaching remotely or in person.

Bios: Courtney Ferrari and Neema Sahebi teach social studies at Valley Catholic Middle School in Beaverton. They use history, geography, and culture to help students understand their place in the world and that of their peers. As life-long learners and global citizens, Courtney and Neema work alongside their students to realize and cherish the gifts all individuals bring to our global community.

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Workshop #2: December 1st, 2020

They Mirror What We Give 

Presenters: Jasmine Locke, Teacher, Stoller Middle School, Christy Wilson, Teacher, Fir Grove Elementary School

Description:  What happens when our most behaviorally problematic kids feel accepted for who they really are? What if they fail and disrupt, and our response is to welcome them more warmly? What happens when we remember that they had a past before us and they will have a future beyond us? In this session, we will discuss stories, scenarios, and our symbiotic relationship with students. We will share strategies that build relationships and overcome student-teacher conflicts.

Bios: Jasmine Locke is a middle school social studies and English teacher in the Beaverton School District (BSD). She is a district leader who serves as co-chair of the Superintendent's Advisory Council and on the Equity Leadership Team, Social Studies Cadre (adoption committee for BSD), WorldOregon Education Advisory Council as well as a part of Oregon Ethnic Studies Panel. She is currently working towards her master’s in Educational Leadership as well as her license in administration and is considered an equity thought leader by her colleagues.

Christy Wilson began her educational journey working in youth camps and has since taught every grade K-8. Through her 26 years of work in CA and OR as a mainstream classroom teacher, instructional specialist, ELL specialist, and student manager, she has established herself as an advocate for students and school leaders promoting equity and restorative justice. She is currently teaching 5th grade at Fir Grove Elementary School and serves on the Beaverton School District Superintendent's Advisory Council. Her passion is making sure every student feels valued and loved.

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Workshop #3: January 19th, 2021

Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: Teaching the Black History of Portland  

Presenter: Sarah Anderson, Teacher, Cottonwood School of Civics and Science

Description: This place-based curriculum prepares students and educators for meaningful discussions about race, history and current events. We will sample a few lessons and learn about the content and skills covered by the lessons. You will leave with access to the full curriculum.

Bio: Sarah Anderson is an educator and author specializing in place-based education and curriculum design. Previously a middle school humanities teacher, Anderson is the Fieldwork and Place-Based Education Coordinator at the Cottonwood School. She is the author of the book, Bringing School to Life: Place-based Education across the Curriculum. She has written for Teaching Tolerance, Education Week, Educational Leadership, and her work has been featured by Yes! Magazine and Edutopia.

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Workshop #4: February 11th, 2021

What's Race Got to Do with Me?

Presenter: Lavell Wood, Principal, Alder Elementary School

Description: In this session, you will be given tools to help you talk about race in and out of the virtual classroom. Using your personal histories to activate or heighten your racial consciousness, you will leave the workshop understanding how you show up as a racial being addressing the question, "how does our societal conditioning shape the way educators show up in the virtual classroom?".

Bio: Lavell Wood is the new Principal at Alder Elementary School, in the Reynolds School District. Lavell has served, in Portland Public Schools for 14 years, in various roles such as assistant principal, paraeducator, technology coordinator, special education teacher, restorative justice coordinator, school climate Teacher on Special Assignment and special education program administrator. He is a member of the African American Leadership Academy alumni cohort, and a facilitator for racial equity helping organizations decenter whiteness and undo structural forms of white supremacy. Lavell earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Special Education and Administrator license both from Portland State University.

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Workshop #5: February 24, 2021

Using Student Voice to Impact Culturally Responsive Learning Community

Presenters: David Nieslanik-Principal, students from Principal’s Equity Advisory Council, Southridge High School

Description: Students from Southridge High School's Principal Equity Advisory Council and SRHS Staff will share their journey about how to increase, use and listen to student voice to address Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist equity work. Student representatives will facilitate small-group conversations on how to increase and celebrate student and parent voice in a culturally responsive learning community.

Bio: David Nieslanik serves as Principal at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon. Participating Southridge High School students will co-present this workshop. These students  helped establish and grow the Principal's Equity Advisory Council (PEAC). A diverse group of students who help guide equity and race conversations.

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STAY TUNED! This spring we will offer two additional workshops that address pressing issues that Oregon is grappling with from a global perspective. The theme of these workshops will be combatting systemic racism. Topics may include: education, health, housing, and the justice system. Details about these workshops will be available in January 2021.


Global Classroom Stories:

Understanding Islam Workshop Helps 'Grow Portland' Nonprofit Promote Intercultural Classrooms


Enriching Virtual Resources from past Teach the World Educator Conferences:

Ethnic Music of Latin America: Gerardo Calderon


Teach Africa--Women & the Family


Teach Southeast Asia--Chinese Religion


Caribbean History and Culture with PSU Black Studies Professor, Dr. Kofi Agorsah


Africa is NOT a Country, Grace Kuto, President of the Harambee Centre


Korean Drumming, Seung Hee Ji and friends, Traditional Nanta Drummers


Islam and World History: The Spice Game, Dr. Barbara Petzen, Middle East Outreach Council



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Youth Forum

Our annual High School Youth Forum engages students in peer-to-peer learning through leadership workshops, discussion groups, networking activities, and action projects. Facilitated in part by WorldOregon's Young Leaders in Action program, this event draws students from around the greater Portland area for a full day of programming with dynamic community speakers.



To learn more about how you can get involved with Youth Forum, contact:


To learn more about educator workshops, please contact:


Global Classroom Project Manager, 

Samara Chism-Winfield

 [email protected]  |  (503) 306-5296



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