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Creating Anti-Bias, Antiracist Environments with “RIDE”

Friday, March 13 | 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Session 1: Workshops
  • Inclusion
  • Social Justice
  • Workshop
  • General Interest

Join a facilitated open dialogue about the importance of establishing an anti-bias, antiracist foundation at your school. Educators and members of the Race, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity committee from the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, DC, will share their work to ensure that families at their school receive an authentic and meaningful Montessori experience by grounding their school community in ABAR Montessori philosophy. RIDE will explain their origin story and offer ways you can apply RIDE’s practices to your school. There will be an opportunity for you to share your questions, concerns, and reflective comments.

Presented by:
Iana Phillips, Steve Mejia-Menendez, Damian Fontanez, Betsy Romero, Sakeenah Franzen, Integriti Reeves

Iana Phillips, MA, MAT, is an Elementary I teacher at Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, DC. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

Steve Mejia-Menendez is an Elementary teacher from the Washington , DC, area. She is currently raising toddler at home with Montessori-centered principles.  AMS-credentialed (Elementary I), AMI-certificate (Birth to Three).

Damian Fontanez is a Lower Elementary teacher at Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School [L.A.M.B. PCS] in Washington, DC. Montessori-credentialed (AMS).

Betsy C Romero is the director of equity & engagement at Lee Montessori PCS in Washington, DC.

Sakeenah M. Franzen, MAEd, is an Elementary II teacher at Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, DC. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).