Training for schools

The Department of Public Education has launched the first two modules of a free webinar series on the Canvas platform that meets the training requirements of the Black Education Act. The full set of six modules will meet future training requirements and possibly enable educators to obtain a micro-certificate. Meeting the Moment: Addressing Racism through Recognition & Response is designed to develop greater awareness of racism and provide practical information to school/district staff, boards of directors, equity councils and other parties stakeholders to identify and engage when they witness acts of racism. This material offers tools to address discrimination and racism in the public school system, including creating and maintaining equitable and culturally appropriate learning environments.

Professional Development and Training Coordinator

  • Serves as a resource for school districts and charter schools to provide equitable and culturally relevant learning environments.
  • Develops or recommends anti-racism and cultural sensitivity training and professional development programs for all school personnel.
  • Identifies best practices for strengthening academic outcomes for Black students.
  • Develops, implements and facilitates training or professional development against racism, racial awareness and sensitivity online or in person.
  • Supports all local educational agencies as needed with training on how best to develop required rules of conduct and prohibited actions with aligned consequences.

Understand culturally relevant teaching and become anti-racist

Teachers are often the first influences in a child’s life. We all remember positive and negative things about our teachers. Teachers on the positive side can inspire and grow students. Unfortunately, on the negative side, teachers can disengage students from education. Black students in classrooms across the United States are often taught by teachers who view their differences as deficits, expect little of them, and dismiss them before giving them a chance.

Often what we do and believe about race is on a subconscious level. Many teachers have good intentions but have hidden biases of which they are unaware. Below are some steps teachers can take to start unraveling the biases that lurk there. The list includes ways in which teachers can adopt anti-racist/anti-oppressive teaching.

Teachers can:

  1. Cultivate awareness of their biases.
  2. Work to increase empathy and empathic communication.
  3. Never put one breed above another. The way a child talks, how they look, how they learn, etc. are all valuable assets to a classroom, not deficits.
  4. Encourage students to accept differences in cultures other than their own.