Ongoing Professional and Community Learning
Restorative Practices: Introduction to Circles
Are you looking for ways to build community, to resolve conflict, and to decrease out of school suspensions and referrals out of the classroom? Are you interested in moving from solely punitive responses to student mistakes to restorative and relational responses? If so, join Equity Alliance MN to learn to host restorative circles that build community in the classroom, as well as circles to bring together students in conflict, those impacted by the conflict, and members of the school community to dialogue and resolve the conflict. Included in the training will be a brief history, context, and continuum of Restorative Practices; circle openings and closings; designing questions for circles; planning and preparing for circles; working when conflict is present; and co-keeping circles.
Contact Regina Seabrook for more information.
Restorative Practices, Level II: Circles to Repair Harm
Have you attended a Restorative Practices training already and are looking to build your skills in hosting circles to repair harm? Are you looking to network with other educators committed to learning and using the circle process? Are you interested in moving from punitive responses to restorative and relational responses? If so, join Equity Alliance MN to learn to host restorative circles that build community in the classroom, as well as circles to bring together students in conflict, those impacted by the conflict, and members of the school community to dialogue and resolve the conflict. Included in the training will be training in preparing for circles to repair harm, circle openings and closings; working when conflict is present; and co-keeping circles.
Contact Regina Seabrook form more information.
Equity Coaching Summit and Ongoing Equity Coaching
Peer coaching has been found to be one of the most effective professional learning tools used in adult education. Peer equity coaching can effectively provide opportunities for adult learners to develop culturally responsive teaching and leading practices through peer coaching by developing cultural self-awareness, by reviewing teaching practices and curricular choices through critical cultural lenses, and by creating more inclusive learning environments. Join Equity Alliance MN in a two-day Peer Equity Coaching Summit led by Mr. Jamie Almanzàn, cofounder of The Equity Collaborative, to develop skills in coaching through a lens of cultural responsiveness that leads to equitable student outcomes for all.
In addition, monthly gatherings will bring together peer coaches to develop their practice from September through May. During these sessions, peer coaches will further deepen their skills in listening, asking questions, developing self-awareness regarding race, culture, and implicit bias, and leading staff discussions to increase cultural responsiveness as a school community.
Contact Regina Seabrook for more information.
Constructing the Innocent Classroom is an intensive, five-session workshop developed by writer and professor Alexs Pate that changes how teachers think about and engage their students, especially students of color. Through conversations and real-world examples, Innocent Classroom delivers context and practical strategies for building relationships with every child. Led by Rob Johnson, prepare to experience transformational relationship building with your students. For more information, see the Innocent Classroom website at innocentclassroom.com
Minnesota Native Nations
Mitakuyepi (My relatives)! Welcome to Native Nations of Minnesota. We are living, learning, and working in a particular place with a long, fascinating, troubling, and frequently unknown story. I encourage you to make connections between this course and your own lives. Learning more about the experiences of the indigenous communities from this place will provide you opportunities and experience to consider the perspectives of both indigenous and settler communities wherever you live and travel. Certainly, we won’t be able to cover every facet of Dakota and Ojibwe history and culture in a single semester but this course will provide important context for Native experiences and illuminate Native perspectives on their varied experiences. Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor and Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at St. Cloud State University, will develop educators' core knowledge of the history, culture and politics of Minnesota's Native Nations. Each session will feature historical and cultural study along with discussion of how to integrate the new material into teachers’ current lessons. Teachers may register for one class or the entire course. Completing the entire course will provide curriculum for a semester-long secondary school course.
Tentative Meeting Dates:
Expanding Our Libraries
Expanding our Libraries: Youth and Children's Literature by Native American and Authors of Color brings together teachers, media specialists, and school administrators with authors of color, Native American authors, and local bookstores and publishers to feature stories and historical perspectives of all our youth. The festival hosted at Minnesota Humanities Center will have three components to the day: 1) book talks by featured authors, 2) shopping with local publishers and bookstores on site, and 3) networking and lesson-planning discussions in an ed-camp format. By bringing together teachers, publishers, and authors, we will expand opportunity for all youth to see themselves reflected in the stories found in their classroom libraries and media centers.
Stay tuned for more information!
For more information about the Professional and Community Learning offered by Equity Alliance MN contact:
Program Manager - Professional Development