Creating Bias-Free Classrooms Demonstration

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SPECIAL GUEST SHEILA KUEHL Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, represents Los Angeles County’s Third District. She previously served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. She is the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and, in 2012, was Regents’ Professor in Public Policy at UCLA. She was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature.

SPECIAL GUEST SHEILA KUEHL

Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, represents Los Angeles County’s Third District.

She previously served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. She is the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and, in 2012, was Regents’ Professor in Public Policy at UCLA.

She was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature.

Now that Western Justice Center and ENCOMPASS have merged, we are eager to show you how we are working to build a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued.
 
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the author of AB 537, the California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act, joins us on August 13, 2015 as we present a demonstration of Creating Bias-Free Classrooms, a unique professional development program for educators. The program uses live, interactive theater to train teachers to create safe classrooms for students who are targeted by homophobia.
 
The demonstration will feature ENCOMPASS Founder Lori Nelson, professional actor Kevin Blake and student actors from our service-learning class at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
 
Creating Bias-Free Classrooms uses scripted and improvisational theater to create a classroom scene that shows what happens when a teacher fails to respond effectively to homophobic harassment. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to coach the teacher, played by Kevin Blake, to improve his response and create a safer and more inclusive classroom.
 
I trust you will be as excited as I am about the way we are broadening our traditional approach to conflict resolution to working with those who are in the best position to prevent conflict before it arises in our schools.