Given my role, I often meet fellow educators who are looking for professional development opportunities or resources around topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice. Here are resources I’ve created available to be sent to you via email.
10 Fun Virtual Check-ins was created by Tamisha Williams and Lori Cohen to share a variety of ways that facilitators can foster connections among their participants and invite a sense of play into their meeting. How are you navigating physical-distancing while building social solidarity?
I created this list in preparation for my upcoming Spring Break. A good friend shared the benefits from moments of intentional solitude in her life. I wanted to create moments of solitude in my break to help me recenter and recharge. Shortly after her sharing, news about COVID-19 broke out. This list will be helpful for me during my break, but I hope it’s also helpful to others as they #StayHome and navigate this global pandemic. How are you centering your health and well-being? Where does solitude fit into your ideas of recentering and recharging?
I’ll be using this choice board as a check-in during a meeting following winter break. “How was your break,” is often asked of folks, anticipating the sharing of a fun memory. I created this choice board to acknowledge that everyone experiences breaks differently. There are six reflection prompts that can be used at any time of year. The prompts make space for people to share from a variety of entry points. What kinds of check-ins do you lead in meetings that put “relationship before task” and get participants settled into the space?
I’m using bingo for my school’s in-service day. Bingo is a great way to get people up moving, talking, and laughing as they learn about one another and share about themselves. You can do so many variations for the winner, like blackout (get all boxes signed off on) or traditional (5 horizontally, vertically, or diagonally). There are two boards per page (8.5×11) and there are spaces for signatures on the actual document. How do you get your faculty and staff members energized before they jump into caring for the students?
I created a summer reader for the facstaff at my school, in lieu of us reading a book over the summer. The reader includes links to articles, Ted talks, poetry, and guided meditations that focus on the theme of imagination in education to transform our environment, mindsets, and practices. Reflection questions are included. How are you creating professional development opportunities for your employees that are new and unexpected; sparking creativity and stimulating their minds?
I created this infographic about intersectionality while preparing for a workshop with members of the facstaff at my school. The framework of intersectionality was coined by Black feminist scholar, Kimberlé Crenshaw, in 1989. Does your organization discuss the impact of interlocking systems of power on those that you serve?
I created this feelings chart in preparation for a workshop with high school students, inspired by Pixar’s Inside Out film. I now use this chart a lot during my workshops and small group work with adults and youth, during check-ins and closings. Do you lead check-ins at the start of your meetings? If so, how do you incorporate feelings into those check-ins?
This summer reading list was featured in the May 2019 California Teacher Development Collaborative’s (CATDC) newsletter. I offer suggestions for books and podcasts that focus on resilience, equity, and dismantling oppressive conditioning. What are you reading or listening to that stretches your understanding and broadens your perspectives?