DEI: How To Create An Identity Safe School

with
Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas and Amy Epstein
On-Demand
$79.00
Training Includes:
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
  • An on-demand recording will be available after the live presentation.

Highly experienced, equity-focused leaders Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas and Amy Epstein will how to engage and unite students, staff, parents, caregivers, and the larger community as authentic partners to build and share a learning environment in which all feel genuinely seen, valued, and supported as their full selves.

What You'll Learn

  • How can you create schoolwide belonging, acceptance, and inclusion?
  • What research-based strategies will strengthen students’ identities?
  • How should you address negative stereotypes, stereotype threats, and bias?
  • How can you help staff members reflect on their own identities?
  • How can data and assessment fuel belonging, inclusion, and equity?
  • What strategies should you use to introduce the concept of identity safety?
  • How can teachers get to know students, their names, and their pronouns?

Training Overview

Practical Solutions to Make Your School Identity Safe. Learn how to help students regain their sense of belonging.

During the first couple of months in the 2021-2022 school year, students were in great need of healing. After two difficult years, many experienced feelings of isolation and disconnection. They longed for connection and support from teachers and peers.

You can create an identity safe environment where students of all backgrounds feel welcomed and seen.  When their identities are valued, they come to trust that who they are and what they think matters. Research has demonstrated that students whose identities are validated experience an increased sense of belonging, like school more, and achieve at higher levels./p>

  • How can you create schoolwide belonging, acceptance, and inclusion?
  • What research-based strategies will strengthen students’ identities?
  • How should you address negative stereotypes, stereotype threats, and bias?
  • How can you help staff members reflect on their own identities?
  • How can data and assessment fuel belonging, inclusion, and equity?
  • What strategies should you use to introduce the concept of identity safety?
  • How can teachers get to know students, their names, and their pronouns?

Who Should Attend?

  • Superintendents
  • District administrators
  • Faculty union representatives
  • Charter school board members
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Special education directors
  • Department chairs
  • Program directors
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Education nonprofit groups
  • Community engagement professionals
  • K-12 school leaders
  • K-12 educators
  • K-12 teacher leaders
  • Learning strategists
  • Literacy coaches
  • Student services directors
  • School curriculum directors
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Behavior specialists
  • Higher education professors
  • Preservice program leaders

Expert Presenters

Amy Epstein, MSW

  • Founding partner of Data for the People, working to transform data into valued and accessible information centered in the knowledge and priorities of those closest to a context, problem, or goal
  • Worked as an administrator and consultant with many school districts, schools, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations to advance equity in education, particularly in the areas of evidence-based inquiry and dialogue, coordinated services/tiered support systems, data systems and processes, and assessment
  • Coauthor of Identity Safe Classrooms, Grades 6–12: Pathways to Belonging and Learning

Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD

  • Spent over 35 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent
  • Focused on educational equity and effective strategies for diverse populations
  • Coauthored Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn, aimed at K–5 teachers
  • and Identity Safe Classrooms Grades 6–12: Pathways to Belonging and Learning
  • Currently an independent consultant and presenter
  • Hosted at the White House by President Obama’s education staff
  • Has worked to create inclusive climates in over 150 schools across the U.S.

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