Equity Online Courses:

Addressing and Avoiding Microaggressions

Explore the world of microaggressions through the lens of implicit bias, what they look like and how they impact us throughout our lives. Get in touch with your own responses, bias and practice ways to confront microaggressions when they occur and build capacity to challenge them in a compassionate manner.
We talk about microaggressions and yet most of us feel woefully unprepared to address them when we encounter them. Microaggressions are not always racial…but they always impact us. We all experience microaggressions for many reasons, most them are related to our differences, specifically how we differ from what is considered the “norm.” This presentation builds knowledge and skill to be able to identify and effectively address microaggressions when they occur.
Participants will have experiences using conversations starters to begin to develop their capacity to engage in a compassionate and meaningful way with others around issues that typically divide us. This presentation focuses on how we can create safe school climates

Becoming a Student Activist – For Students 

Students will be able to critically analyze contemporary social issues and determine aspects of their root cause. They will gain a better understanding of themselves as a part of a larger society and how their personal experiences have been shaped by social institutions. Students will then partake in a hands-on activism project of their own choosing that involves the six stages of community organizing.

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.

Don’t Be A Bystander! Be an Ally! (For Students)

Students will gain a better understanding of the various types of conduct that constitute bullying behavior, including cyber bullying. They will learn the distinction between a bystander (someone who watches and does nothing), and an ally (someone who intervenes in a safe way). Students will have an opportunity to work through age appropriate scenarios and, ultimately, develop their own personal action plan to be an effective ally.

Exploring The Intersection Between Implicit/Explicit Bias and Its Societal Implication On Race

“No matter how good our intentions to be free of prejudice, we all have implicit biases that can have a serious impact on our work in schools.” Participants will explore the concept of implicit bias and the nuanced behavior that is a product of our unconsciousness. As they engage with the materials, participant’s will have opportunities to reflect upon how your implicit biases may be impacting there work in schools as well as their personal lives. They will engage in activities to practice “interrupting” the behavior internally and interpersonally. Finally they will create an action plan around the essential question: What am I willing to do to not only become aware, but interrupt actions that reflect implicit bias.

Leading While White

This course will provide a white principal’s personal perspective on leading a school in which the majority of the students are of color and the majority of staff members are white. 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.

The Letters Of Equality (LGBTQ+)

This course will explore the evolution of the LGBTQ+ community and highlight key components of equity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning/queer people. Participants will identify important terminology associated with sexual orientation and gender expression and become more comfortable in the use of pronouns, which provide a more inclusive environment for all people. Participants will also engage in an exploration of some of the issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces, reflect on their own biases, and learn how to become an ally to help stop the cycles of biased behaviors and attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community.

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.

Leveraging Privilege and Entitlement: Overcoming Barriers to Access and Equity

Moving from Cultural Pre-competence 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.

Teaching White: Exploring How Race Influences the Relationship Between Teachers and Students

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.

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

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.

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.