Curriculum and Education Committee to Host Second “article club” Session

The second “article club” is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 from 11:00 – 12:30 (PT), 12:00 – 1:30 (MT), 1:00-2:30 (CT) and 2:00 – 3:00 (ET).

The April 28, 2016, “article club” was a success and now it is time for the second one. These “article club” style phone conferences were created to bring NASJE members together in conversations about topics of interest to judicial educators.

The second article chosen by the committee is “#IAmFruitvale#: An Approach to Teaching Court Staff about Racism, Prejudice and Implicit Bias” by Matthew Estes and Nancy Smith. The article relates how these educators were inspired by the movie Fruitvale Station, how they set out to teach the class and the response they received. Their experience raises the larger issue of how judicial educators should address controversial subjects.

Food for thought from the article . . . “Opinions vary widely as to whether racism exists, to what degree, and in what parts of the system.  It seems to be an apt topic for judicial educators to tackle as they seek to provide meaningful educational events for judicial branch employees at all levels.” “Can the topic be explored in a classroom setting to judicial branch employees without provoking anger and defensiveness?”

This session will be held in a conference call format, and will be moderated by members of the committee. Space is limited. To register and receive the conference call access code information, please contact Anthony.Simones@courts.mo.gov.