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TOC II Spotlight: Nazareth College

We featured this MBK TOC II spotlight in our March 2022 newsletter

Nazareth College kicked off the spring semester with a series of professional development workshops.

The first of the series was a book study led by Mr. Stanley Ekiyor, a Behavior Specialist for the Rochester City School District. Participants shared ideas on how to incorporate principles from Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less into healthy teaching practices that benefit both themselves and their students. Members of the group reported that they found the book and the group session both beneficial and a great way to jump-start both the new year and their semester.

Another initiative underway is a newly formed collaborative of more than 20 students, alumni, faculty, and staff participating in the Zinn Education Project's national Teaching for Black Lives Teacher Study Group. A prime focus of the initiative is to translate concepts to action and education in a specific, local context. The group gathered virtually, commencing upon goals that envision education for Black lives in alignment with teaching for themselves and sharing with others while exemplifying the principles of social justice and anti-racist education as they "walk the talk." Like previous professional growth initiatives, this project is designed to provide students with knowledge and support as they embark upon careers in teaching as agents of change.