A collaboration with
The DEI Teacher Collective aims to pilot a platform for diversity, inclusion and equity practices in Malaysian classrooms
The pilot will centre around three principles (adapted from dei.extension.org):
The presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious belief, or political perspective. Populations that have been and remain underrepresented and marginalised in broader society.
Justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities.
Ensuring those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed. Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your programme are truly inviting to all. To the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes and development opportunities.
Malaysia’s rich and diverse socio-economic landscape poses both pedagogical and curricula challenges in education. Issues involving identity, bias, discrimination and inclusion are severely underdeveloped in Malaysian education circles. The DEI Teacher Collective is a 6-month collaborative pilot programme that seeks to:
Kickstart awareness and discussion on issues and challenges on DEI practices in Malaysia
Develop an understanding of DEI nuances and best practices
Seed champions for DEI by leveraging existing local expertise
Inspire and possibly crowdsource multicultural lesson plans to supplement the national syllabus
8-10 members of the TFM community will be selected to participate as pilot members of the Collective. Participation in the Collective is fully sponsored and transport stipends are available.
Broadly, the final pool should itself reflect a diverse range of TFM community members with respect to cohort, race, geography and educational background. Members should be actively in a teaching capacity, with the diversity of their students considered as part of selection. In the 6 months, members will:
Attend the Members Retreat that will cover basic concepts of identity, stereotypes and issues in diversity. Members will participate in sample experiential learning activities, be provided opportunities to discuss challenges of multiculturalism in classrooms, and reflect on their own experiences as students and teachers.
Tentative: 27-29 March, 2021 in Janda Baik.
Attend the Monthly Virtual Speaker Series with selected experts in diversity in education. Lecture series will be open to the broader TFM community and interested members of the education community.
Throughout April to July
Form small working groups to brainstorm and experiment with lesson plans or classroom practices that integrate principles of DEI. Members should produce at least one (1) lesson plan by August 2021.
Applications are due on 11:59PM, 7 FEBRUARY 2021. Questions or concerns can be directed to Jason (jason[at]aodmalaysia.org) or Charlene (charlene.see[at]teachformalaysia.org).
Applications may be submitted in English or Bahasa Melayu.