November GSVLI: No Time Clock on Grief: Reimagining Healing & Learning Spaces

Original Broadcast Date: 11/13/20

Dr. Aaminah Norris, a professor of teacher education, and Babalwa Kwanele, a licensed mental health therapist working with school communities to engage in examining grief and the double pandemics of racial violence and COVID-19. In Part 2, participant reflects on their own experiences with counseling, teaching and learning during the double pandemics and learn ways to incorporate culturally responsive pedagogies that create healing and learning spaces. Participants learn humanizing strategies for working through grief that address and disrupt racism and anti-blackness.

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Speaker Bios:


Dr. Aaminah Norris headshotDr. Aaminah Norris, Associate Professor at Sacramento State University, is Founder and CEO of UnHidden Voices LLC, a Black woman-owned educational consultancy with a mission of building empathy and disrupting the invisibility of Black children, students, and families. She has more than 25 years of experience supporting schools and non- profit organizations in addressing issues of educational equity for low-income students from historically marginalized communities. She researches, teaches, and advocates the digital literacies of Black girls and women, with a particular interest in their STEM practices, culturally responsive pedagogies particularly as they connect to maker education, and the pedagogies of Black women teachers.



BKwaneleBabalwa Kwanele is a licensed mental health therapist (LMFT), with over 30 years of professional experience working with culturally diverse youth, children, and families in community mental health and school - based settings. Her work and research has a special focus on prevention and intervention, with the goal of improving academic outcomes and the social determinants of health. She has extensively studied the neurobiology of trauma and the effects of racism and poverty on communities, families, individuals, and complex systems. Kwanele’s areas of specialization are complex multigenerational trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed school based mental health, impact of secondary trauma on educators and learning, complex family systems, cultural humility, and culturally responsive care.



This webinar was one of the sessions of November's Grief Sensitivity Virtual Learning Institute (GSVLI). For more information on how to access resources from September's and November's GSVLI, please click here.

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