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POSTPONED – 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

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

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 or 303-247-0156  with questions and concerns.

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SMART1 BVSD (Community Montessori School) Spring 2019

SMART-I is a 20-hour program. The program involves experiential activities in mindfulness including: meditation, emotional awareness and movement. Weekly meetings also include presentations and group discussions. By registering for this class, you are acknowledging the expectation of participation in at home exercises. The SMART class is strictly educational and does not constitute any form of clinical treatment or medical advice. It should not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis, advice or service.

We encourage you to register with your colleagues to maintain continued support for the practice of mindfulness.

The schedule for the Spring 2019 course is as follows:

Monday, February 25, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, March 4, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, March 11, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, March 18, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, April 1, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Saturday, April 6, 9:00am – 1:00pm (Retreat)
Monday, April 8, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, April 15, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday, April 22, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Everyone is required to register on this site.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory. 

You must attend the HALF-DAY retreat to earn the certificate of completion and any form of credit.  If you miss the course retreat, you can attend a half-day PUBLIC RETREAT to make that up.  Please check our calendar for the next public retreat dates.

Course Fees (subsidized by BVSD Health Services):
BVSD Licensed Staff: $95
BVSD Classified Staff: $50
ECE-12 Educators (non BVSD): $175

Course Credits:
One BVSD salary credit or instructional seat time.  BVSD Licensed Staff and Classified Staff  must also register on My Passport  ($25 fee for licensed, $0 fee for classified) after the course begins. You MUST register below to participate in the class.

A certificate of completion for 20 hours which may be used for salary credit and re-certification or one graduate credit is available through Colorado State University at an additional cost of $61. Information on registering for CSU will be sent with your welcome letter to the course.

Refund Policy:
75% back after Class 1; 50% back after Class 2; No refunds after Class 3.

Cancellation Policy:
PassageWorks Institute reserves the right to cancel this course if there is insufficient enrollment.  We make that decision in the week prior to the start of class.  You can help us avoid this situation by encouraging your colleagues to join you in taking the class.

This class is NOT for school administrators who evaluate teachers. 

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