Reaching & Teaching Black Boys Series

Number of sessions: 2

Length of sessions: 60 minutes Audience: Teachers

Session Maximum Capacity: 50

Platform: ZOOM session link will be sent to all who are registered

 

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine societal bias in the perceptions of African American male students that sustain racial disparities in schools
  • Explore the influence of mainstream and African American cultural values on black
  • Analyze the stages of development and brain science on the academic and social emotional learning of male
  • Consider new ways of engaging, reaching and teaching black

 

Exploring the Dimensions of Equity

Number of sessions: 3

Length of sessions: 60 minutes Audience: Teachers, Leaders Session Maximum Capacity: 50

Platform: ZOOM – session link will be sent to all who are registered

 

 

In this session, participants will explore the distinctions between Multicultural Education (Session 1), Social Justice Education (Session 2) and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (Session 3) as they each relate to planning and delivery of instruction to diverse students for social

harmony, critical consciousness and independent learning.

Using Improvement Science Series

Number of sessions: 3

Length of sessions: 60 minutes Audience: School Leadership Teams Session Maximum Capacity: 50

Platform: ZOOM – session link will be sent to all who are registered

 

In this session, school teams will learn to use Improvement Science tools and processes to identify system issues, seek change ideas, and implement plausible change to address an identified problem of practice (such as chronic absenteeism and subsequent low graduation rates.) This training is designed to help address the unique needs of a participant’s school and they will learn about Improvement Science (IS) and explain how IS may be a viable option to improve their system or school level processes for problem solving.

 

Through participation in a simulated improvement scenario, teams will apply knowledge of improvement science tools and processes to identify and test a change idea to address a problem of practice and be able to apply improvement science to the unique contexts of their work to develop an action plan.

Participants will apply best and promising practices from Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better

(Harvard Education Press) which provides a context for disciplined inquiry to identify, adapt, and scale interventions.

 

Participants will explore the following essential improvement questions:

  1. What specifically are we trying to accomplish?
  2. What change might we introduce and why?

How will we know that a change is actually an improvement?

Instructional Design: Live the Learning Model

Number of sessions: 1

Length of sessions: 60 minutes Audience: Teachers

Session Maximum Capacity: 50

Platform: ZOOM – session link will be sent to all who are registered

 

In this session, participants will learn the Live the Learning Model of instructional planning and design. Teachers will learn to address learning outcomes with differentiated activities and experiences for students in ways that support the “See it, Name it, Do it, Reflect” approach to engage students while modeling effective instructional strategies.

This model allows the participants to cement learning and transfer to others through:

 

  • SEE IT:

Design airtight activities that give participants a model to follow

  • NAME IT:

Facilitate substantive sharing that allows participants to draw the conclusion; then name it with formal vocabulary

  • DO IT:

Application and Practice

Ensure that participants plan & practice implementing their learning in simulated and real-world experiences

  • REFLECT:

Make neurological connection

Provide ample opportunities for participants to reflect

Teacher Observation for Equity

Number of sessions: 1

Length of sessions: 60 minutes Audience: School Leaders Session Maximum Capacity: 50

Platform: ZOOM – session link will be sent to all who are registered

 

In this session, school leaders will learn strategies to support/coach teachers as they reflect on issues of equity in their own classrooms, create a more equitable reality and confront systems that threaten inclusive practices in classroom instruction. Most teacher observation tools do not provide for close examination of instructional practices that promote equitable learning environments. This session will equip

observers with tools and strategies to identify, discuss and coach for improved teacher performance.

Restorative Practices Series

Number of sessions: 3

Length of sessions: 60 minutes

Audience: Teachers, Leaders, School Counselors Session Maximum Capacity: 50

Platform: ZOOM – session link will be sent to all who are registered

 

In these sessions, participants will learn the specific strategies to engage leaders, guidance counselors and school teams in building a culture of community in schools and classrooms through restorative practices.

Outcomes will include:

  • Defining Restorative Practice
  • Restorative Leadership
  • Restorative Processes
  • Trauma-Informed Responses
  • Using Restorative Circles and Conferences
  • Implementing Restorative Practices Planning

Over the course of these professional development engagements, participants will review current literature as well as practice sound strategies related to the following outcomes which might include (but are not limited to):

  • Addressing and Discussing the School Community Needs
  • Building healthy relationships between teachers and students
  • Resolving Conflict with Accountability
  • Reducing harmful behavior
  • Repairing harm and Restoring Relationships
  • Setting high expectations for all students
  • Community Circles
  • Community Meeting Implementation

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