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Family Education Day: Adoption, Race & Our Schools

Start time/date: Dec  7, 2019 12:30 PM
End time/date: Dec  7, 2019 5:00 PM
Place: Redwood Day School
3245 Sheffield Avenue, Oakland CA 92608

Adoption, Race and Our Schools

Outside of home, children spend more time at school than anywhere else, in an environment that is not always responsive to adopted children of color and their families.  This workshop will help parents identify strategies to support adopted children of color in the face of structures that reinforce sometimes problematic assumptions and curriculum. How can you effect change with educators who are not always well-informed about adoption, race, culture, and family diversity, or how to create inclusive curriculum that acknowledges bias and supports difference? How can you get support to address adoption-related and race-related issues within your own family, while at the same time trying to educate your child’s teachers? We will also address choosing schools and developing a real-life strategy for navigating a system that was not designed to meet the needs of most children.

Adult Program Presenters

Ijeoma Ononuju,Ph.D., affectionately known as IJ, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. Having completed his doctorate in Education at UC Davis, focusing on language literacy and culture, IJ's research examines community action and leadership in K-12 education and school administration. IJ works with schools and communities in the development of community-driven educational goals and the creation of community-based educator pipelines. In addition to his research, IJ remains committed to working hands on with communities. IJ has worked extensively with transracial adoption families around educational issues.

Malaika Parker works with adoptive parents of color (and their parenting partners) to design resources and create community for same-race adoptive families. As a Black adoptive parent, Malaika understands how hard and important it is for same-race adoptive parents to find resources that apply to their own family dynamics as opposed to those that apply to transracial families. 


At door registration: $50 per person. Children's Registration is closed.

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