Safe Spaces or Brave Spaces? – 108

By Chey Cheyney & Pav Wander

Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education.

In Episode 108, Chey and Pav talk about Safe Spaces versus Brave Spaces – what’s the difference between the two? How can we be setting up a space for students to engage in meaningful conversations using one or both of these? What are the implications of setting up a space that’s “safe” and is that even possible? Chey and Pav touch on many topics as they relate to social justice issues – identity, oppression, power and privilege – and how these are affected by the language we use when advocating for spaces where we can have Courageous Conversations (Singleton, 2005). 
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