FIRE is the Minnesota Educator Academy's Anti-Racism Program, and the acronym stands for Facing Inequities and Racism in Education.
Program Goal: Establish a comprehensive, systemic, and sustainable framework to support all educators in developing a mindset of racial equity, in an effort to empower educator voice in advocating for racial justice.
Education Minnesota members are working to develop anti-racism resources and personal growth experiences for social justice educators. Join our Racial Equity Community of Practice and MEA FIRE groups on EdCommunities at mynea360.org to learn more about these inspiring and important opportunities.
Racial Equity Advocates training
Applications for our fifth REA cohort are now open!
Local/regional Racial Equity Advocates (REAs) are trained each year to serve members as a co-conspirator and resource in developing an anti-racism growth mindset. REAs may be called upon to:
- Deliver professional development and facilitate community learning experiences related to racial equity.
- Participate in conflict resolution and restorative justice efforts within school and district communities; these efforts may include colleagues, administrators, local leaders, parents and students.
- Serve as a supportive peer for colleagues who are working to develop an anti-racism growth mindset.
- Lead equity teams/cohorts working to dismantle systemic racism at the local level.
About the training
REAs will meet four times during the 2021-22 school year. Members can expect to invest time in both community building and trainings that will be applicable to growing an anti-racism lens within the union.
Participants will build skills to:
- Examine equity with others (admin, staff, students, community partners)
- Create an environment that is safe yet challenging – a “brave space”
- Select and utilize resources available for training
- Engage in reflective practice and conscious self-care
Education Minnesota support
- Extensive, ongoing training
- Member rights security
- Cohort network to provide support in activism and advocacy for educational equity
- Local, state and national collaborative opportunities to affect meaningful change
Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) support
- Resources and materials to support change with colleagues and community members
- Ongoing professional development in racial equity and anti-racism in education
- Leadership and instructional support for working with adult learners
- Policy support regarding professional development advocacy
Race Equity EdCamp
EdCamps are organic, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators across the country and worldwide. During an EdCamp, organizers set the schedule for the day but participants determine all sessions on the day of the event. Everyone is welcome to propose and lead a session where conversation and collaboration are paramount. You can learn more about how EdCamps work by visiting www.edcamp.org. Members and staff of Education Minnesota are available to help you host a Race Equity EdCamp in your region.
Trainings currently available*:
- Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Building a FIRE – An Introduction to Racial Equity Work (FIRE I)
- Understanding and Overcoming Racial Bias and White Privilege (FIRE II)
- Interrupting Racism in Our Learning Communities (FIRE III)
- Strategies for the Anti-Racist Educator (FIRE IV)
*this list will be growing in the future – make sure to check with your local leaders to inquire about any additions!
Questions about MEA FIRE, becoming a Racial Equity Advocate and/or facilitating a community storytelling experience? Contact Education Issues Specialist Jonathan Kim at email@example.com or 651-292-4889 or join our Racial Equity Community of Practice and MEA FIRE groups on EdCommunities at mynea360.org!