Epoch Online Courses
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE:
Go deeper into the tenets of Critical Race Theory to gain a mastery level of understanding of how these tenets actually change the way we view structures, events and people in our lives. Learn how to apply these tenets to your daily personal and professional life, and use them to support struggling students achieve in your class, schools, and ultimately, in their lives. Learn the history that was never taught; that has kept us all from reaching our greatest potential, and begin to live your life through very personal experiential activities to bring these tenets to life.
CULTURALLY RELEVANT IEP PROCESS:
Learn the foundational framework of CRP from which to build capacity to work effectively with students of color in with disabilities, thus eliminating the racial achievement disparities that exist in Special Education. This training will look at Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as a tool participants will use to reflect personally on their practice, analyze the systemic issues that perpetuate the disparities, and help them have honest and compassionate dialogue to impact kids and the IEP process.
CULTURALLY RELEVANT PBIS:
PBIS has proven to be an effective program to reduce the need for student discipline in schools. However, upon closer examination, the data shows that while the need for student discipline is decreased, the disproportionate discipline of students of color is not diminished. This course will examine strategies for incorporating an Equity lens into the PBIS process to more effectively meet the needs of students of color and ensure that they are not subjected to disproportionate exclusionary discipline.
CULTURALLY RELEVANT PEDAGOGY: CONNECTING WITH ALL KIDS:Learn the foundational framework of CRP from which to build capacity to work effectively with students of color, thus eliminating the racial achievement disparities that exist in schools. This training will look at Culturally Relevant Pedagogy as a tool participants will use to reflect personally on their practice, analyze the systemic issues that perpetuate the disparities, and help them have honest and compassionate dialogue to impact kids.
CULTURALLY RELEVANT PEDAGOGY: LESSON PLANNING:
Use the lens of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) as a foundation to build your unit and lesson plans. Design engaging, relevant instructional units that take into account your student population, the communities they live in and the current events that impact them. This course describes CRP in a comprehensible and meaningful way and coaches participants through actual lesson and unit planning activities to either create new material or retrofit old classics to make them more appropriate for the diversifying student body. The course will bring new energy and excitement to the lesson planning process and support grade level and interdisciplinary collaboration to create the best product possible.
LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE:
This course provides a general overview of the variety of diversity issues districts are facing today. The instructors will identify where and why districts fall short in adequately attending to these issues, and present strategies to overcome the barriers that inhibit or stop dialogue and necessary actions. This training will also invite each participant to self evaluate the role their personal history or beliefs may play in the perpetuation or resolution of these issues.
LEADING WHILE WHITE:
This course will provide a principal’s personal perspective on leading majority non-white schools with majority white staffs. Become engaged with empowering strategies for building a racially aware staff focused on equity in education. Learn how to develop trust and to not be seen as anything less than genuine through your actions in the daily struggle of confronting inequities and embracing conflict in order to sustain the change your students deserve.
LEVERAGING PRIVILEGE AND ENTITLEMENT: OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO ACCESS AND EQUITY
Moving from Cultural Precompetence to Cultural Proficiency by examining historical bases to prevailing barriers, cultural assets, and barriers that function as core values and guiding principles that inform core values.
Unconscious bias and stereotyping affect all of our relationships. The impact between teachers and students, teachers and parents, and teachers and other educators shapes the educational landscape in profound ways. The need for teachers, who are at the center of these relationships, to recognize their unconscious bias is critical to the success of students of color and to closing the achievement gap. Teaching White provides a strategic roadmap for educators to uncover their own bias, define or redefine their racial and ethnic identity, investigate the ways that school rewards some students but not others, and begin to form a personal plan of action to interrupt the predictable disproportionality in outcomes for students of colors.
THE TRAGEDY OF NON-NESS:
Exclusionary language is embedded in the English language and undermines the ability of schools to educate students with diverse cultural backgrounds. By exclusionary language we mean language and messages that describe someone as not being something -“non-white”- and results in the excluded listener feeling “othered,” “less than,” or “inadequate”. In this training, participants will discuss the forms of exclusionary language and messages that are prevalent in educational settings, and discuss appropriate personal and professional responses to its use.
THRIVING IN AMERICA AS AN ETHNICALLY AND RACIALLY CONSCIOUS PERSON:
What is race? Ethnicity? How much of who we are is defined by our acceptance or rejection of these labels? These are some of the questions we will explore in Thriving in America as an Ethnically and Racially Conscious Person. Most people have a love-hate relationship with race and ethnicity. The positive aspects that include a sense of belonging and shared values are, sometimes, outweighed by the stereotypes and bias that diminish our experience as full participants in society and as whole human beings. The purpose of this course is to help you think about race and ethnicity as an evolving part of the human experience that, with understanding, self-reflection, and a willingness to engage in the larger world around us, can help you thrive.
UNDERSTANDING THE SKIN THAT WE SPEAK:
Teaching begins with the establishment of relationships with students.” Participants will analyze the systemic issues that perpetuate achievement disparities using the lens of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. This training will examine leadership practices and instructional strategies that ensure the voices of ALL students are heard and reflected in the learning environment as an effort to eliminate the racial achievement disparities that exist in schools. Participants will engage in meaningful dialogue while being challenged to critically reflect on their own practice. Exemplars from the field will be used to demonstrate effective current practices that are making a difference for children who would be considered “At-risk” and participants will be asked to create a personal action plan and set it in motion.
UNPACKING THE ASIAN MODEL MINORITY MYTH THROUGH CRITICAL RACE THEORY:
“Of the different voices in which I speak, I have been most comfortable with the one called silence. Silence allowed me to escape notice when I was a child. I could become invisible, and hence safe.” Understand how perpetuating the “model minority” myth further fosters systemic racism and promotes inter-racism and ultimately perpetuates white dominance. Explore how including this often overlooked perspective can impact our abilities to deepen our understanding in becoming anti-racists leader.
USING TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM FOR EQUITY TRANSFORMATION:
This course will demonstrate the effectiveness of the online venue as a tool to help us grapple with issues of race, racism, equity and diversity as we strive towards equity transformation. Model programs and student work will be exhibited, as well as, examples of new technologies being implemented at schools. Participants will be invited to experience, reflect and discuss the merits and/or disadvantages of using technology to facilitate personal and professional growth and transformation in the area of equity, while developing skills to use technology effectively in the classroom.
WHITE, NOT RACIST AND GUILT-FREE:
When most people talk about race and ethnicity, they are, typically, discussing non-white people. Often white people do not see themselves as a group, but as distinct individuals. They may define themselves ethnically but not racially. In White, Not Racist, and Guilt Free, we provide a healthy and supporting strategy for white people to discover, embrace, and understand themselves as racial beings.