Cultural Awareness and Implicit Bias

Professional Development
PDPs: 
15
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentEnglish Language Learners

Description

Culture shapes the ways that we think about and participate in education; in fact, this course starts with the premise that everything we do in the enterprise called “school” is cultural. Culture is shaped by our various identities (including but not limited to ethnicity, language, gender, religious affiliation, socioeconomic class) and it shapes how we see the world. We will conduct a thorough and self-reflective examination of culture and how unconscious bias shows up in our daily lives and will then engage in a collaborative, creative, and concrete exploration of ways to build culturally responsive anti-bias frameworks into: classroom instruction; classroom culture; family and community engagement; and educator leadership.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers; Grades K-12

Credits

15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 15 PDPs will satisfy the ELL-related requirement for recertification.

Availability

Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

Instructor(s)

  • Albert Mussad

    Albert E. Mussad, Ph.D., serves as a Leadership and Instruction Continuous Improvement Specialist at the Collaborative for Educational Services. He travels nationally to facilitate professional development for school leaders, teachers and other licensed educators in instructional leadership; English learner education; world language and bilingual education; secondary literacy education; and teaching students in poverty. Albert also facilitates curriculum development and strategic planning, evaluates educational programs, and provides instructional coaching. Dr. Mussad led the training-of-trainers component of the Leading Educational Access Project (LEAP), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's initiative to support educators to optimize outcomes for students living in poverty. He has taught K-12 English learners and high school Spanish. Albert served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and in the role of elementary school principal.

  • Safire DeJong

    Keri “Safire” DeJong, Ed.D. works in the Professional Development department at the Collaborative for Education Services (CES). Safire leads social justice focused consulting and professional development for PK-12 schools with an array of talented and experienced co-facilitators and consultants.

For more information, contact:
Position: 
Events Coordinator
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5981
Email: 
esullivan@collaborative.org

Registration

A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.