Faculty and Staff of Color
for those who self-identify as a person of color and want to be build community within community in an effort to feel affirmed and able to bring their whole, authentic self to school. WE ARE (White Educators Against Racism Everywhere)
for those who self-identify as white and want to engage in collective “inside out” work while learning about race as a system of power and increasing both fluency with the issues and a commitment to work in solidarity with people of color.
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Examples
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL):
This group aims to discuss and develop skills, tools, and strategies for identifying emotions, building relationships, perspective-taking, finding motivation, and stress management for students and group members. Grading for Equity:
Explores a range of grading practices that promote equity and a growth mindset in students. Applies strategies to reduce bias and increase accuracy when measuring student learning. Critical Friends:
Improve your practice through structured conversations (called protocols) to resolve dilemmas, develop half-baked ideas, realize big dreams for your work, fine-tune programs, and the list goes on! You will come to trust, learn from, and support your critical friends in unexpected ways. SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity):
Develop ways of understanding self and system through the lens of various "isms" (e.g. racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, religious fundamentalism). Through structured storytelling and personal reflection, turn marginalization and privilege into agency and allyship.
Additional PD Opportunities Beyond the Hilltop
NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC): PoCC is “a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools.” It is great for those who want to move past their “101” understanding and into practical strategies for the classroom, advisory, and school life. Note: At St. Luke’s, there are often more people who want to attend than we can send, and we prioritize sending faculty and staff who identify as people of color.
White Privilege Conference: WPC “[examines] challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solution and team-building strategies to work towards a more equitable world.” Envisioned and facilitated by Eddie Moore, Jr., a truly dynamic leader, this is an emotional experience that makes everyone feel something.
CAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference: This is a one-day conference held at a peer school in Connecticut. It is a wonderful opportunity for faculty and staff to support our activist students and get a full day of equity and inclusion PD themselves.
NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute: Sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools, this summer PD is a great experience, particularly for those who would like to help lead diversity work in some way. NAIS does an excellent job of creating networks and providing resources.
Diversity Directions: This organization aims to “meet the individual school where it is in its multicultural evolution, and, using an inquiry-based approach, to provide concrete, practical steps to help the school reach its next level of development.” This summer retreat offers participants skills, knowledge, and supportive networks to sustain equity and inclusion efforts in their schools.