The Project MALES Spring 2019 Pláticas series will start this Monday, February 11. Our guest speaker is Angela Ward, who will provide an overview of Restorative Practice and Healing Circles as tools that educators can use to support our students of color in East Austin schools.
Angela oversees the Austin Independent School District (AISD) focus on Cultural Proficiency & Inclusiveness and Restorative Practices. Prior to leading this effort as a district administrator, she served as a campus administrator, teacher leader, and classroom teacher. As an expert on the differentiation of curriculum, she led her district in writing the first curriculum documents and continues to support culturally responsive curriculum development in Austin ISD. Angela served four years on the Learning Forward Texas (LFTX) Board of Directors, an affiliate of the international organization whose purpose is engaging adult learners in meaningful, effective professional learning. In collaboration with the University of Texas (Austin) partners, Angela presented AISD Central Office Cultural Proficiency work at the 2012 Critical Race Studies in Education Conference, Columbia University. She also presented Cultural Proficiency: The Journey to Systemic Change at Texas’ inaugural Cultural Proficiency Institute in 2013, a subsequent institute in 2014 and contributed a chapter on education to the book Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services, Columbia University Press. Angela is a graduate of Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas (1995), and received her Master’s from Southwest Texas State (2002).
Our Plática series is open to the UT community. Please join us this Monday, February 11, 2019, in Waggener Hall (WAG) 201 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.