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Culturally Responsive Leadership Program – Open to the Public and Denver Cohort, April 16 – April 18, 2020

Brief Program Description:
The Culturally Responsive Leadership Program is a two and a half-day workshop (with post-course follow-up) designed for administrators, campus monitors, counselors, and teachers. The program will focus on transforming educator perspectives and practices to help lead their schools in creating learning environments and experiences that engage students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Learning Cohort participants will engage in experiential activities that access knowledge from professional practice and relevant research to address biases related to race, gender, class, language and other differences that impede teaching and learning.

The program will explore the aspirations, attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors that characterize culturally responsive leadership.  Specifically, the program will support educators to acknowledge and respond to biases in ways that build relationships with colleagues, students, and families, and promote social justice in the school culture.  School teams will collaborate on creating new approaches and strategies that engage “all students regardless of their race, gender, ethnic background or learning style.”

Program Design:
The Culturally Responsive Leadership Program begins with an experiential 2½ day professional learning workshop, followed by individual coaching or group sessions. The program is designed to develop school-wide impact by building school-based teams made up of administrators and teachers. During the program, school teams of 2-5 staff will engage in practices, restorative processes and approaches to promote equitable schooling. Teams will engage in collaborative planning to develop strategies for their schools that address the critical issues of race, class, and gender.

The program will include discussion and reflection on segments from the film:  Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. The film describes a “systemic approach to understanding racial inequity as a precursor to building strategies that address racial and socio-economic barriers.”

Program Topics:
Culture and Identity, including Cultural Codes and Language ♦ Privilege and Unconscious Bias ♦ Facilitating productive conversations about race, class, gender, and other biases ♦ Developing strong relationships across difference ♦ Affirming Cultural Stories and Artifacts ♦ Internalized Racism, Interpersonal Racism, and Institutional Racism ♦ Leadership for Sustainable Change


Schedule:
Day One – Thursday, April 16
4:00pm – 7:30pm: Workshop Time (Dinner Included)
Day Two – Friday, April 17
8:00am – 3:30pm: Workshop Time (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Day Three – Saturday, April 18
8:00am – 3:30pm: Workshop Time (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Course Fee:
TDF Cohort : $0.00 (course fee is covered by the grant)
ECE-12 Faculty and Staff: $990.00
Scholarships are available.  Please contact vunny@passageworks.org

Certificate of Completion:
Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate for 23 hours of professional development.  One graduate credit is available through Colorado State University for an additional cost of $63.

Please contact Vinita Unny at  vunny@passageworks.org or 303-247-0156  with questions and concerns.

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Culturally Responsive Leadership Program – Open to the Public and Denver Cohort, Feb. 20 – Feb. 22, 2020

Brief Program Description:
The Culturally Responsive Leadership Program is a two and a half-day workshop (with post-course follow-up) designed for administrators, campus monitors, counselors, and teachers. The program will focus on transforming educator perspectives and practices to help lead their schools in creating learning environments and experiences that engage students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Learning Cohort participants will engage in experiential activities that access knowledge from professional practice and relevant research to address biases related to race, gender, class, language and other differences that impede teaching and learning.

The program will explore the aspirations, attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors that characterize culturally responsive leadership.  Specifically, the program will support educators to acknowledge and respond to biases in ways that build relationships with colleagues, students, and families, and promote social justice in the school culture.  School teams will collaborate on creating new approaches and strategies that engage “all students regardless of their race, gender, ethnic background or learning style.”

Program Design:
The Culturally Responsive Leadership Program begins with an experiential 2½ day professional learning workshop, followed by individual coaching or group sessions. The program is designed to develop school-wide impact by building school-based teams made up of administrators and teachers. During the program, school teams of 2-5 staff will engage in practices, restorative processes and approaches to promote equitable schooling. Teams will engage in collaborative planning to develop strategies for their schools that address the critical issues of race, class, and gender.

The program will include discussion and reflection on segments from the film:  Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. The film describes a “systemic approach to understanding racial inequity as a precursor to building strategies that address racial and socio-economic barriers.”

Program Topics:
Culture and Identity, including Cultural Codes and Language ♦ Privilege and Unconscious Bias ♦ Facilitating productive conversations about race, class, gender, and other biases ♦ Developing strong relationships across difference ♦ Affirming Cultural Stories and Artifacts ♦ Internalized Racism, Interpersonal Racism, and Institutional Racism ♦ Leadership for Sustainable Change


Schedule:
Day One – Thursday, February 20
4:00pm – 7:30pm: Workshop Time (Dinner Included)
Day Two – Friday, February 21
8:00am – 3:30pm: Workshop Time (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Day Three – Saturday, February 22
8:00am – 3:30pm: Workshop Time (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Course Fee:
TDF Cohort : $0.00 (course fee is covered by the grant)
ECE-12 Staff and Faculty: $990.00
Scholarships are available.  Please contact vunny@passageworks.org

Certificate of Completion:
Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate for 23 hours of professional development.  One graduate credit is available through Colorado State University for an additional cost of $63.

Please contact Vinita Unny at  vunny@passageworks.org or 303-247-0156  with questions and concerns.

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Teaching and Leading for Equity

“Leadership is taking responsibility for what matters to you.” ~Dr. Julien Weissglass “The troubles of our country—indeed, the troubles of our world—can be addressed only if we help ourselves and our children touch the deep humanity of our collective spirit and regain the deep respect for the earth that spawned us.” ~Lisa Delpit, Other People’s […]

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Completing the Year with Intention

The end of 2019 is upon us! Along with the celebratory activities of this time of year come increased stressors and pressure—from finals and end of semester projects to social events and family gatherings. And, this year, all of this pre-holiday activity is taking place in the midst of intense national and international politics and […]

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Secondary Trauma is an Occupational Hazard of Teaching.

There is a great deal of conversation in schools these days regarding trauma-sensitive (informed?) schooling. The laudable goal is to help educators understand the enormous impact of out of school trauma on student learning and behavior and to enable educators to reframe their teaching “moves/approach” to better support students and avoid re-traumatizing them. The trauma-sensitive […]

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Supporting Students in Challenging Times

We are currently living in a tense social and political climate, with a great deal of polarization within our communities. With so much change and daily turmoil in the news, students are not only managing their own personal stress about school, family, and growing up- they are also having to negotiate their questions and concerns […]

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The Busy Teacher

As an educator you may feel stressed, overworked, and overwhelmed. You may find yourself in a community where self-sacrifice and time spent at school are markers of heroism.  You may have come to school with walking pneumonia or missed your own child’s special events. Maybe you have been congratulated for your dedication. I remember a […]

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Integrated Curriculum: Honoring the Inner Life in Academic Content

Honoring students’ voices and deepening the student-teacher bond can be effectively accomplished through meaningful academic activities. A few years ago, I implemented one practice in particular that enabled me to know my third-grade students on a much deeper level than any previous group. Students completed a “you and me diary” three times a week, in […]

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21st Century Education from the Inside Out

“21st Century skills” is the latest buzz in education. Is this the newest fad in slogan-based reform or is the call for 21st century skills provoking an important conversation about 21st century education?   It has certainly re-kindled a long-standing debate about content vs. skills. “‘We are stuck,” says Linda Darling-Hammond, head of the President’s Education […]

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