Dr. Howard will begin the presentation by sharing findings from her ethnographic study of how teachers made sense of race in an elementary school in the U.S. south where silence emerged as a salient theme. Next, she will share methods that were helpful in collecting data on atopic that is not readily discussed. These methods have implications and applications for our pedagogies as teachers, teacher educators, and co-learners in educational spaces. Thus, the importance of listening as a pedagogical skill will be highlighted. Finally, using images, statistics, and testimonies from local spaces in Yakama/Yakima, Dr. Howard will challenge the group as colleagues, professors, scholars and researchers in their unique fields to listen for silences as an imperative to address local concerns that have local, national, and international implications.
Dr. Joy Howard is the Interim Assistant Director at the Center for a New Washington. Joy recently joined Heritage University after she moved to Washington from South Carolina. In 2013 Joy received her doctorate in Social Foundations of Education from the University of South Carolina. She is particulary interested in issues of culture, race, and language in education.