Sara Wicht has over 20 years of experience in K-12 education. Her work in social justice and anti-bias education includes expertise in instructional practice, teacher mentoring, professional development, curriculum design and educational publishing in the United States and Brazil. Wicht holds an MaED in Language and Literacy, a BA in English and certification in secondary education from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.
As the senior manager of Teaching and Learning with Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Wicht led content development on the award winning viewer’s guide to Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot and Teaching Tolerance K-12, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as the publications Beyond the Bus and Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students. She is a contributing writer on Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards, Code of Conduct: A Guide to Responsive Discipline, Civil Rights Done Right and Teaching Tolerance’s The March Continues: Five Essential Practices for Teaching the Movement. Additional Teaching Tolerance articles authored by Wicht can be found here.
Since 2012, Wicht has facilitated professional development on anti-bias education at national conference events hosted by the National Council for Teachers of English, National Council for Social Studies, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, National Association of Multicultural Educators, Association of Middle Level Educators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, American School Counselor Association, Human Rights Campaign and the National Coalition on School Diversity. More recently, she provided in-person professional development for Global Islam and Arts Teacher Fellows through the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and for Chicago-area educators at the IL Holocaust Museum and Education Center on “Confronting Bias and Facilitating Difficult Conversations” and provided content for the America Divided Viewer's Guide.
Wicht works directly with independent, public and private K-12 schools across the United States; including in CA, MA, MN, NC, NY, NJ, VA, WI,
Wicht has extensive experience in the delivery of online professional development. View a webinar Wicht delivered on equity literacy available on-demand here.
Wicht’s master’s thesis, How does the explicit instruction of a multiple lens through literature affect reader response to text? (2007) was awarded the Beulah Benton Tatum award for research in multicultural issues, and she is the recipient of the 2015 Adam Solomon Award for Excellence from the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, NY.
Wicht resides in Minneapolis, MN.
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