Time 60 minutes each
Each one are separate; you don't have to attend all five
Session 1 - Sept 21
Session 2 - Nov. 2
Session 3 - Dec. 7
Session 4 - Feb. 1
Session 5 - March 7
Times: 5:30 - 6:30 Central time
The Complexity of Identity: Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time
Who are you? A simple question should invite a simple answer. But there is nothing simple about you, me, or the society in which we live. And this complexity of identity does not disappear when we go to work or school. This workshop will explore how our multifaceted identities intersect across race, gender, class, age, ability, and much more. We will understand how different aspects of our identity become more salient depending on the given environment and how that can lead to advantages or disadvantages.
Target Audience: All Educators
The Impact of Implicit Bias: Nov. 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time
We’ve heard that we all have biases, but what does that actually mean? And more importantly, how does it affect our daily interactions in the workplace? In this workshop we will not only learn how to define and identify implicit biases, but also understand how we are affected by and affect others with deep-rooted preconceptions. Furthermore, we will learn what we can do to acknowledge and address our biases in order to create a more inclusive and just environment.
Target Audience: All Educators
How to Address Recruitment Bias: Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time
We want to believe our hiring decisions are fair, inclusive and equitable. However, unless we explicitly take steps to identify and address the biases that exist throughout the process, we will miss out on some exceptional candidates. This training expands on The Impact of Implicit Bias workshop to drill down on its effects on recruitment and hiring in schools. Once aware of how biases impact the recruitment process, participants will examine their current practices and take steps to reduce the influence of recurring prejudices and preferences. When armed with this new information, we are more likely to slow down our decision-making process, resulting in more equitable and inclusive outcomes.
Target Audience: Anyone involved in hiring in your organization
Making Onboarding Inclusive and Equitable: Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time
First impressions, including a new hire’s first year with your school, matter. The onboarding process begins when a job offer is accepted and refers to how new hires are integrated into your organization. This can be especially challenging when employees arrive from around the globe with different experience levels, and unique lived experiences. How you make them feel seen, valued, and supported while also exposing them to your school's structure, culture, and mission not only influences their ability to be productive contributors to your organization, but also shapes their contract renewal decision.
Target Audience: Anyone involved in the onboarding process
Strategies and Practices for Successful Retention: March 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 Central time
All organizations aim to keep their best employees, but this can be especially challenging in less diverse communities. However, all schools can take small actions which will have impactful and lasting effects. Learning how to differentiate what you already do to meet the diverse needs of your employees is an essential starting point. In this workshop, participants will also learn how to create an employee retention program that provides a foundation for learning and training where employees feel safe, included, and valued.
Target Audience: Anyone involved in the recruiting and onboarding process