“Black Girl Blues: Insight/Strategies for Addressing Intra-racial Bullying” Webinar

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Thursday 8/16/12 @ 11:30 am or 2:00 pm
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We have all been subjected to questions about our race/ethnicity:  American Indian…Alaska Native… Asian…Black/African American…Native Hawaiian…Other Pacific Islander…White…Hispanic/Latino…Middle Eastern…Other?  Although you will never see it in writing, African-American girls are also subjected to additional “colorist” descriptors:  High Yellow…Chocolate…Red Bone…Coffee-Colored…Dark…  For these females there also exists an unfair threshold of “acceptable blackness” in social circles, employment and sometimes within their own families.

What does it REALLY mean to be black in America? As long as there have been blacks in the new world, this has been an issue up for debate. But for African American girls, these questions of racial identity and physical appearance – light skin vs. dark skin, straight hair vs. kinky hair, etc. – often manifest themselves in ways that are detrimental to them and to other girls.  This media-fueled war wages on in the inner circle of black girls.  This webinar will be filled with “ah-ha moments” that can be taken away and shared for the betterment of school culture.  The presenter will also discuss best practices as they relate to teaching and mentoring African-American girls.

This revealing 90-minute webinar elucidates the historical cultural and social factors behind girl bullying among African Americans today.  “Sankofa” – the practice of looking backward in order to move forward – is a principle and practice that was once commonplace among African American people.  In a television- and internet-focused environment, emphasis has moved away from “sankofa,” as young girls began looking to popular culture, searching for a sense of who they are.  Consequently, music and media have not wasted any time telling these girls who they should be. When your pop-culture sense of self clashes with what you see in the mirror everyday, girls can become angry and lash out – most likely at each other.  Black Girl Blues is a presentation that attempts to tackle these issues from a historical platform.

In this webinar you will:

  • Gain a historical understanding of the malaise that surrounds African-American girls.
  • Contextualize the aggressive behavior of girls.
  • Acquire some of the tools necessary to restore a positive sense of self.
  • Discuss recommendations for reducing aggressiveness in this population.
  • Learn to recognize and combat some of the detrimental images in popular culture.
  • Learn the unspoken do’s and don’ts related to this highly sensitive topic.
  • Leave with a better understanding of the secret world of black girls.

This webinar will provide a handout to assist you in the learning process and aid you in the drafting and implementing a plan of action to:

  • Pinpoint and address the historical events that have contributed to the emotional factors in racial identification and preference in African-American girls.
  • Renew a positive self-image for young women.
  • Combat the negatives effects of the media with regard to gender and race.
  • Apply best practices to address aggressive behavior within the secret world of black girls.

About the Presenters:

Carolyn Strong & Julie Burnett

Carolyn Strong
Carolyn Strong is an educator with more than 10 years of experience  working with inner- city youth. She is currently Dean of Students in a high  school serving more than 2,100 young people. In this role as disciplinarian,  she witnesses and confronts bullying daily by creating and implementing  prevention programs in conjunction with traditional discipline.  She holds multiple Master’s degrees in both  curriculum and educational leadership and is currently pursuing a doctoral  degree in curriculum and social inquiry.  Carolyn’s research focuses on  bullying and the black aesthetic, girl bullying and minority representation in  gifted education.  She is the founder of  BulliesStink.com and has conducted training at schools throughout the  Chicagoland area.  Carolyn has also  presented on the topic of Black Girl  Blues at several regional and national conferences – including the recent  National Conference on Girl Bullying.

Julie Burnett
Julie Burnett has over fifteen years experience working in Chicago Public Schools.  Ms. Burnett is a learning disabilities and reading teacher who has worked as a Chicago district level administrator and coach. In addition, Ms. Burnett has worked as a university external partner with Chicago elementary and high schools to improve student achievement and was the Director of the Urban School Improvement Network at the University of Chicago, where she incubated and supported new schools opening under the Chicago Renaissance 2010 initiative including charter and performance schools. Ms. Burnett’s work is an expression of her belief that education can transform and uplift individuals, families, and communities. Currently, Ms. Burnett is the Director of Curriculum for the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community.


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