Professional Learning In Support of Equity

picture of keynote speaker

The district has established specific goals and is taking steps to ensure that our Professional Learning provides staff with the knowledge, strategies and tools to support all our students and their families. As an example: On November 21, 2018, 900 school and Town staff participated in over 50 workshops designed to discuss issues of racial equity and prepare us to create equitable and inclusive communities of learning. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, pictured above left.

Goals
  • Create a model of PD related to race, equity, and access that is sustainable and impactful, linked to evaluation and expectations, and addresses all district employees, differentiating as appropriate
  • Provide professional development to all faculty members to directly overcome implicit and explicit bias that allows staff to engage consistently in difficult conversations, for example, about race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language proficiency, and other matters of diversity

Action Steps

  • Develop and implement a system-wide, evidence-based professional learning program that encompasses culturally responsive teaching, cultural proficiency, and courageous conversations
  • Develop professional resources of support for staff of color (e.g., affinity groups, mentoring, etc.)
  • Differentiate PD offerings by interest and readiness

Implementation

  • Initiatives for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students (IDEAS)
  • November 21st District Professional Development Day: Racial Equity in Action (pilot model of differentiation)
  • District Leadership Team: focused on Leading for Learning Through the Lens of Equity & Inclusion

 

 

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