Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Art Room
Bobbi Dorka & Sonia Trivedi, Peel District School Board
Bobbie Dorka is an elementary school teacher in the PDSB specializing in Visual Arts, Dance, and Drama education. She has made anti-racism, equity, and culturally responsive teaching a priority in her classroom and advocacy platforms. She has presented at conferences and worked on board writing teams to create new lessons for equity-based learning in all the arts with a focus on decolonizing the arts curriculum and avoiding cultural appropriation. Many of these resources can be found on the Equity for Educators website on which she was a contributing member.
Sonia Trivedi is a secondary Visual Arts teacher at PDSB and a visual artist. She is committed to equity, culturally responsive pedagogy, and anti-racism work, both in the classroom and on her social media platforms. She has been working towards decolonizing the arts curriculum in the classroom through an equity and anti-racist lens. Sonia has worked as a team player on the Equity for Educators resource website and has recently helped out as an editor for an equity PL resource.