Classroom Culture Rooted in Social Justice

Warm up with a series of games and activities centred on social justice values then dig into some dialogue starters for an antiracist learning space. Consider the many intersections between antiracism and the performing arts. We're all learning, and unlearning, here. Materials presented are best suited for grade 8 and up.


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  • Nicole (Coco) Roberge

    Coco Roberge works to build community through an equitable Performing Arts education on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, within the shared traditional territories of the Tsleil Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Squamish and Sto':lo Nations. She grew up 5 minutes from where she teaches now but studied theatre, dance and education at UVic. In 2010, she graduated with an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she focused on experimental dances in unexpected urban settings, ritual creation, classroom culture and social vulnerability, leading eventually to her acclaimed solo show "Come Cuddle Me" at New York's curated Fringe Festival (2014). As a teaching artist, she has 21 years of pedagogical practice but will never stop learning with curiosity and compassion. Her daily gig at Riverside Secondary includes teaching, directing, collaboration with the school's Pro D committee, the local specialist association (Zone 14a), the ABCDE exec committee and the BCTF (Social Justice Through the Arts). For the last decade she also guided Vancouver's SHIFT Theatre, spotlighting underrepresented stories and storytellers.