Marginal Syllabus—Electing to Heal: Trauma, Healing, and Politics in the Classroom

Join Antero Garcia, co-author of “Electing to Heal: Trauma, Healing, and Politics in Classrooms,” for a conversation about ways educators can address trauma and create safe, relational, anti-oppressive classrooms in this age of vitriolic political rhetoric about issues facing women and people of color. Garcia is joined by educator Sarah Woodard and the co-founders of Marginal Syllabus, Remi Kalir and Joe Dillon, for a discussion of the text, which is the featured article this month for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes (LEARN), which explores the intersection of literacy and equity in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Educator Innovator.


  • Antero Garcia, Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Sarah Woodard, Teacher, Collegiate Prep Academy in Denver Public Schools in Colorado and National Writing Project Board of Directors
  • Remi Kalir, Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development
  • Joe Dillon (Host), Co-Founder, Marginal Syllabus; Teacher, Rangeview High School in Aurora Public Schools in Colorado and Denver Writing Project Teacher-Consultant