On June 25, the GEC-NYC, hosted by Reach the World, welcomed Hannah Weitzer and Sophia Giddens of the Seachange Collective, who gave a Professional Development workshop on “Doing Good” Well: Shifting Social Justice Work from Values to Practice.”
Workshop facilitators led participants in a conversation about the challenges of implementing our complex sets of social justice values while working within the limitations and unique contexts of existing program design and organizational missions. Participants worked through case studies and examples from their own work, using an analytical framework to assess where social justice values are being put into practice and where we might be missing the mark. Based on the analysis, participants were then able to discuss possible action steps to make varying degrees of incremental change, such as increasing transparency and engaging more voices in decision-making processes. In closing, participants affirmed that a variety of aspects of every organization can be moved to better reflect our best values, including diversity in hiring practices, equitable community representation, and protocols around fair and sustainable sourcing and partnerships.
Seachange Collective is a strategy and consulting firm that aims to build the capacity of the people and groups who do social justice work, centered on the needs and leadership of those most affected by the complex issues at hand. Within a combined record of 35 years of work in the international education, human rights, gender justice, and progressive movement building spaces, they provide strategy, workshops, training, and coaching for community groups, non-profits, schools, public service organizations, and any spaces that are seeking a stronger commitment to social justice.
Learn more about Seachange Collective and sign up for their email list at https://www.seachangecollective.org/contactus/ Workshop facilitators can be contacted at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
GEC-NYC April 2018 meeting took place on 30 April and was hosted by AFS-USA. Every other month the coalition meetings are dedicated to Professional Development opportunities and coalition members were pleased to welcome a special guest of AFS Intercultural Programs, Mr. Mario Piacentini of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for the April Professional Development Meeting.
Mr. Piacentini is a lead analyst and part of the international expert team that created the recently launched global competence framework and assessment strategy for the triennial OECD – Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, which measures the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students worldwide.
Mr. Piacentini’s presentation during the meeting was also broadcasted as a webinar allowing for educators, students, NGOs and friends of GEC-NYC around the world to tune-in for the presentation and join the Q&A session that followed. Attendees at the meeting and those joining online got a chance to learn about the development process of the new global competency framework, the challenges faced so far, how NGOs and teachers can prepare for the upcoming assessment. You can find out more about PISA and the new framework here.
A tribute to Dr. Tonya Muro, a founding member of the GEC-NYC, Executive Director of iEarn-USA and a former staff member at AFS-USA and Global Nomads group who passed away suddenly on March 5, 2018, was held at AFS USA following the meeting. Many warm, wonderful, and often very humorous memories about Tonya were shared by several attendees alongside mentions of her countless and tremendous contributions to global education.