Summer Workshops

Participation in the Summer Workshops is contingent on you completing the Implicit Bias Awareness Workshop. If you took the 5-hour workshop in person before March 13th OR you completed the 4 Modules on this platform since May 21st, then you are eligible. Click the Online Workshop tab above to register for and to complete the IB Awareness Workshop.

Register HERE for Summer Workshops.

Language and Power Series

Audience: School-based and Central staff
Date and Time: Every Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Description: Language is important. While we use myriad communication platforms today to send messages to our students, families, and communities, it is helpful to reflect on the language that makes up those messages. These messages play a critical role in defining students’ self-perceptions and the school community’s views of students, their abilities, and contributions. This workshop is designed to create a space to explore and practice the use of positive, asset-based language that values and honors the circumstances, assets and contributions of students, colleagues, and our school communities.

Amy Cooper & Me: Historical Context and Personal Reflection for White Women in America

Audience: All DOE roles
Dates and Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on July 22 & 29, Aug 5 & 19

Description: Why did the video of Amy Cooper in Central Park strike a nerve around the world? In this workshop, we will learn about the historical context of the role that white women have played in systemic, anti-Black racism and have an open dialogue about where this socialization persists in us as White women. Participants in this workshop are asked to lean deeply into the mirror work in order to build their anti-racist consciousness.

Launching School Equity Teams

Audience: Principals + One
Dates and Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, July 16 & 30, Aug 13

Description: This workshop is designed to support school leaders and their thought partners with an overview of the goals and structures of a school-based equity team. We will answer these questions together:

  • What does an equity team do?
  • Who should be on an equity team?
  • How does an equity team work together over time?
  • What does an equity team look like in action?
  • What is your school’s level of readiness for a school equity work?

Introduction to Race and Racism

Creating a direct bridge from foundational IB concepts and strategies to a shared understanding of race and racism in schools.

Audience: All DOE employees, post-IB workshop.
Dates and Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM, July 23 & August 6

Description: After developing a foundational understanding of implicit bias and the strategies that can lessen their impact on others, explore how implicit bias connects to the concepts of race and racism.

How can the largest public school system in the country norm around a shared understanding of race and racism?  This session will draw connections, define terms, provide historical context, and build our collective ability to adopt an explicitly anti-racist lens.

Addressing Inequities in Education Through Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Practices

Audience: Any DOE staff
Date and Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, August 4

Description: What does it mean to be trauma-informed? What are Adverse Childhood Experiences and how has the research included cumulative/generational/racial trauma? How can we create school environments that address ACEs and trauma?

Impact Versus Intent: How POC (Can) Cause Harm to Each Other

Audience: Any DOE Staff identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
Date and Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, August 11

Description: Oftentimes BIPOC are looked to for solving equity issues in organizations. What are the ways in which BIPOC experience intersectionality of identities that impact and harm each other? We will explore deficit thinking and poverty disciplining within colorism, classism, and much more. How does this harm tend to show up in schools and in equity work?

Ancestral Trauma, Resilience and Wisdom: Impact on Health and Healing

Audience: Any DOE Staff
Date and Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, August 18

Description: What are all the ways that racial trauma is experienced? How do racial reenactments, videos of killings, micro/macro aggressions impact the body and mind? What is generational trauma and the impacts? What are the resiliencies involved in survival? What cultural and historical wisdoms do we have at our use today? And, how do we bring these into schools and equity teams?

Stereotypes: A Deeper Dive

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, School-Based Staff, District Staff
Dates and Times:
10:00 AM-12:00 PM, July 28
1:00 – 3:00 PM, July 21, August 11 & 18

Description: Exploring the many ways that the world around us constructs our stereotypes about groups and informs our behaviors on interpersonal, group, and societal levels, this session will unpack the dimensions of our stereotypes and how they might be reflected in our emotional and behavioral responses to others. We will explore the impacts of stereotypes and through reflective exercises, dialogue, and planning, think about ways to be responsive to these dynamics.

School Social Work: Disrupting Our Complicit Ways

Audience: Primary: School Social Workers, Mental Health Staff; Secondary: School-Based Equity Team Members
Dates and Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, July 22 & 29, August 12

Description: Is school social work complicit in systemic racism within schools? Let’s think about, and discuss, the ways that school social work functions and practices uphold or interrupt systemic racism. Social work history, its ethical codes, and values give us a framework that may inform our practice from an antiracist lens. This workshop will help us make practical connections between what social work upholds and systemic racism found in education. We will also look at how collaborating with other school-based staff can get us closer to antiracist practice as social workers.

Transforming Schools by Centering Student Voices

Audience: Principals/ Assistant Principals
Dates and Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, July 23 & August 13

Description: The role of the school leader has evolved over the years. Now more than ever school leaders are called to be justice advocates and democratic change makers. During this session, school leaders will examine their beliefs and will explore how their current school policies, practices, and procedures can be more equitable by centering student voices. Participants will delve into two frameworks that will better position them and their staff to develop school environments where student voice is used to inform school transformation.

Affinity Space for Strategic Reflection

Audience: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Brown members of school and district equity teams.
Length of Time: 90 minutes – 2 hours

Description: An essential aspect of being a resilient warrior for equity and liberation is co-creating spaces for centering, reflection, and purpose. This session is designed for members of school-based and district-level equity teams who will benefit from community and connecting with other practitioners. The facilitators will hold space for the collective and guide the reflection towards next steps. Tools from the CCAR protocol will be used to guide these circles.

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

Audience: All DOE staff
Dates and Times:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM July 15, August 5 & 13
1:00 – 3:00 PM July 22 & 28, August 20

Description: People look around and ask “How did we get here?” In order to understand where we are today, it’s important that we look back and understand the historical context. During this session, participants will look at 400 years of systems and structures that have brought us to where we are today. We will use that historical context as we further examine the 5 strategies that we can use personally and professionally to reduce the effects of the implicit biases that we carry with us daily.

Register HERE for Summer Workshops.