June 2021: Summer Professional Development

Dear SSCSD Faculty and Staff,

Congratulations on (almost) reaching the end of this unique school year. We at SEEN want to thank you for everything you have done to support the students of SSCSD, and we want to commend you on all of the learning you did in a short period of time to help our students have a successful school year.

Now is the time to step back, reflect, and keep learning and growing!

This month we would like to share some exciting opportunities for professional growth and development this summer.


Read

  • This impressive article, entitled “Liberatory Education: Integrating the Science of Learning and Culturally Responsive Practice,” from the most recent edition of the AFT’s American Educator publication takes on the idea of “learning loss” and discusses approaches to post-pandemic education with an equity lens.  
  • Dr. Bettina Love’s We Want to do More than Survive is a forthright, challenging, and necessary read for educators of all children. Want to read and discuss with other educators? Reach out to us!

Listen

  • Teaching While White is a podcast collection that speaks directly to the experience of white teachers working toward equity. Listen to one, some, or all, and share your favorites with other educators!
  • NPR’s Code Switch podcast covers a wide range of issues related to race and identity. Every episode is engaging, informative, and expertly presented and allows you to delve into topics that provide context to the work of anti-racist education.

Attend

  • CASDA is hosting a 4-part Equity in Education Series. You can sign up for any or all sessions. The sessions include Intro to Equity and Anti-Racism, Antiracism and Equity in the Classroom Community, Applying Anti-Racism and Equity at the Building Level, and Anti-Racism and Equity in School-Community Relationships. There is a cost associated with attending which can hopefully be offset through district PD funds. If you would like to attend but need support with funds, please reach out to us!
  • BARWE (Building Anti-Racist White Educators) has a summer series starting on July 6. What they say about this series – “Join us for 5 sessions to explore how we can take our work beyond performance, and build momentum for substantive antiracist work in ourselves, our classrooms, our schools / organizations, and our communities. Each session will include storytellers sharing how they have taken their antiracist work beyond performance. Each session will also include small group spaces to build connections and push work forward with folks across the country doing work in similar contexts.” There is an optional $25 fee.

Enjoy your summer and hopefully some well-deserved time off! We’ll be back in August with ideas on how to start your school year through an equity lens.

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