We're Better Together

---------- Wayne RESA, Washtenaw ISD & Oakland Schools ----------- Present an Equity Leaders Series

What We Read in Books, We Read in the World Featuring Cornelius Minor (WRESA)

People often say that books make us better people or that writing can change the world. Cornelius Minor will guide us as we take a very close look at our role as educators in ensuring that meaningful change happens. Just like we cannot leave the teaching of literacy skills to chance, we cannot simply hope for a better world. We teach for one.

In this series, we will work to name the skills, plan the lessons, gather the resources, and practice the methods that help children to learn and practice critical thinking skills in the literacy classroom and then to transfer those skills to their lived experience in the world.

The intended audience for this course is literacy coaches, English language arts teachers, school leaders, and literacy advocates. Participants are encouraged to purchase a copy of Mr. Minor's book, We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be.

Questions related to this course should be directed to Dr. Rosalyn Shahid at Shahidr@resa.net



When: March 15, 2022 AND May 5, 2022 (2-day series)

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE!

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If you have issues registering, please contact events@resa.net

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Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy with Dr. Lamont Terry (WRESA & Oakland)

This session will provide pedagogical, teaching, and classroom strategies that provide an inclusive, equitable, and empowering learning environment for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Participants will discuss the key concepts of culturally responsive pedagogy and culturally responsive classroom management strategies and develop a plan of action to make their curriculum, classroom structures, and teacher-student relationships responsive to a diverse student body. Participants will be introduced to approaches that can be used to take course content at any grade level or subject matter and modify the content to be situated in a more culturally meaningful context for learners.


When: March 22, 2022

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE

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If you have issues registering, please contact events@resa.net

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Washtenaw County Responsive Teaching Institute is now open to Wayne County Educators

Dr. Gholdy Muhammad Culturally Historic and Responsive Education (WISD & Oakland)

In her book, Cultivating Genius, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad presents a four-layered equity framework that is grounded in history and restores excellence in literacy education. Dr. Muhammad's Historically Responsive Literacy Framework is essential for all students, especially youth of color, who traditionally have been marginalized in learning standards, school policies, and classroom practices.


Join us as Dr. Muhammad facilitates an interactive professional learning session where she provides an introduction of the Culturally Historic and Responsive Education (CHRE) framework, and supports teachers in creating lessons that are aligned with the four learning goals of the CHRE framework: Identity development, Skill development, Intellectual development, and Criticality.


The intended audience for this course is teachers, school leaders, and academic coaches. Participants are encouraged to purchase Dr. Muhammad's book, which provides probing, self-reflective questions for both teachers and students, as well as bibliographies of culturally responsive text and sample lesson plans across grades and content areas.


Questions related to this course should be directed to Dr. Jennifer Banks at jbanks@washtenawisd.org or Melissa Brooks-Yip at mbrooksyip@washisd.net


When: January 20, January 31, February 23 (CANCELED), AND March 9, 2022 (4-day series)

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE for Washtenaw & Wayne County Educators (enter discount code “RTI2021")

Outside Washtenaw & Wayne County guests - $100 for all four dates

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Linguistic Justice Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy (WISD)

Bringing together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism and white linguistic supremacy, Dr. April Baker-Bell provides ethnographic snapshots of how Black students navigate and negotiate their linguistic and racial identities across multiple contexts in her book Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy.


Join us as Dr. Baker-Bell facilitates an interactive professional learning session connected to responsive literacy instruction and identity, where she addresses the research question: What happens when teachers focus on responsive teaching of literacy in their particular discipline? And what happens in terms of student identity, skills, intellect, and criticality?


The intended audience for this course: literacy coaches, English language arts teachers, school leaders, and literacy advocates. Participants are encouraged to purchase a copy of Dr. Baker-Bell's book, a crucial resource that features a range of multimodal examples and practices through instructional maps, charts, artwork, and stories that reflect the urgent need for antiracist language pedagogies in our current social and political climate.


Questions related to this course should be directed to Dr. Jennifer Banks at jbanks@washisd.net or Melissa Brooks-Yip at mbrooksyip@washisd.net


When: February 24, 2022 AND April 27, 2022 (2-day series)

Time: 4:00 - 5:30pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE for Washtenaw & Wayne County Educators (enter discount code “RTI2021")

Outside Washtenaw & Wayne County guests - $50 for both dates

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Dr. Ernest Morrell: A Conversation with Educators (WISD)

Responsive Teaching Institute at Washtenaw ISD Presents Dr. Ernest Morrell


Join us as Dr. Ernest Morrell facilitates an interactive professional learning session with fellow educators in SE Michigan to discuss how we can look forward in education to launch and activate an inclusive experience for our students. In this series, Dr. Morell will address the question; How do we engage students by organizing our instruction for multiple modalities, while offering spaces for discussion and agency?


Dr. Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor in Literacy Education at Notre Dame, and he specializes in Critical Pedagogy, English Education, Literacy Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Diaspora Cultural Studies. Dr. Morrell has authored several books and articles, including his most recent Stories from Inequity to Justice in Literacy Education: Confronting Digital Divides (2020). Dr. Morrell has earned numerous commendations for his university teaching, including UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award.


Questions related to this course should be directed to Melissa Brooks-Yip at mbrooksyip@washisd.net.


When: March 3, 2022 AND April 11, 2022

Time: 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE to Washtenaw and Wayne County Educators

Outside county guests = $75 for both dates


*An open conversation between Dr. Morrell and fellow SE Michigan educators discussing how to look forward in education to launch and activate an inclusive experience for students will be recorded and offered as the first content in this series February 14, 2022.

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Presenting The Zekelman Holocaust Center - Choices Matter: Complicity and Action During the Holocaust (WRESA)

An examination of the range of choices and decisions made by individuals, communities and nations during the Holocaust is a powerful lens through which to study this period of history. This approach encourages deep critical thinking and analysis, and also serves as a catalyst to compel students to work toward making changes in their own lives and the larger society. This learning opportunity examines the consequences of inaction and highlights the courage and difficult choices of those who rescued and resisted during the Holocaust. Educations will gain the tools to support students to implement an action-oriented project influenced by the lessons of this history.


Questions related to this course should be directed to David Hales, halesd@resa.net


When: April 24, 2022

Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm

Where: Virtual

Cost: FREE

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Board of Education: James S. Beri • Mary E. Blackmon • Danielle Funderburg •

Lynda S. Jackson • James Petrie • Daveda J. Colbert, Ph.D., Superintendent