Virtual Course – Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in Schools – Spring 2020

After offering my workshop a few times, folks keep asking if they can learn virtually. Everyone can’t make it to San Francisco or contract me to come to them, so I have created a 5 part virtual course. Connect with like minded anti-racist educators who want to work to dismantle White Supremacy Culture in all our schools.

Register here: https://forms.gle/EmUVqNVRURSpptLn7

Description

This is not your mom’s mandatory online diversity training. Miss me with the boring powerpoints and superficial conversations. White fragiles and self-righteous folks of color are not allowed, but brave educators are mos def encouraged to apply. We all have work to do, me too.

I bet you are tired of talking all around the issue of racism but not going deeper than inclusion and cultural competence. We need tools to dismantle White Supremacy Culture in our classrooms, schools, and districts. In this online course, participants will build their racial literacy skills and prepare to bring similar work to their contexts.

We will use virtual discussions (in affinity, and across difference) as well as strategic planning to build antiracist schools. As a Middle School Principal, I will also share reflections, lessons learned, and possible pitfalls when leading this work in schools.


Outcomes of the Course

  1. Build community with other folks taking up this deeper work
  2. Become more familiar with 3 frameworks to address WSC
  3. Assessing how WSC is showing up in your work and organization
  4. Plan a multi-year approach to Racial Equity inspired school transformation
  5. Identify obstacles to addressing WSC and share best practices

Target Audience

  • Teachers, Educators and Leaders
  • Highly effective for groups and teams from an organization
  • Folks who are looking for strength in numbers

Details

  • Online using Zoom Conferencing
  • 5 Sessions (monthly)
  • 5:00-6:30pm Pacifict Standard Time
  • $350 includes course access, materials, and a book
  • Location details will be emailed to registered participants

Reservations and Questions

Register here: https://forms.gle/EmUVqNVRURSpptLn7

Email joetruss@culturallyresponsiveleadership.com for questions


Testimonials from Past Participants

“There were alot of great resources shared. The time and space for ‘real talk’ was much appreciated.” – Brian Simmons

“This helps you do the inner work so we can do the outer work and keep students’ identities at the core of our practices.” Tina Schuster

“This workshop held space for the particpants to dive right into discussing and unpacking WSC for ourselves, and how it has impacted us.” – Silvia Cordero

“Joe really held space to talk about WSC that felt like taking risks and speaking one’s truth.” – Gina Patterson


Background of Workshop

I have spent the last year using a framework of White Supremacy Culture (from Tema Okun) to explore how to transform schools, with with leaders across then San Francisco Unified School District.  In addition, I have engaged various groups at my school, including our teacher leaders, administration, and our larger school staff. This work was chronicled in a recent article in Education Week. In April, I was able to explore this topic with 33 educators, at the Deeper Learning Conference. This led to my first workshop in June 2019 (see below).

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