Teachers of Color Mentorship News
February Workshop Summary
Self-Awareness for Intentional Interactions Workshop
Thank you to everyone who attended our "Self-Awareness for Intentional Interactions" Workshop facilitated by Sam Taitel! Sam walked us through anchor and activation points, holistic check-ins, the OODA Loop (a decision making tool), and CLARA (a tool for navigating conversations and conflict). Sam’s dynamic personality alongside their knowledge and awareness of themself and others made for a powerful and engaging workshop. Sam’s experience in Aikido and working as the Program Manager for Midwest for Nonviolent Peaceforce also contributed to their teachings. Click on their slide deck to view the presentation.
March 8 Workshop
Intercultural Conflict and Communication Style Workshop
Biography: Corey Crowder is a DEI professional with numerous years of experience working in Higher Education as an Academic Advisor, Multicultural Students Services Coordinator and College Football Coach. Corey leans on both his personal and professional experiences to build teams and challenge systemic barriers that negatively affect students and families. Currently, Corey is the Equity and Inclusion Projects Coordinator at Normandale Community College, where he focuses on DEI Professional Development for faculty and staff, while coordinating initiatives that help support and sustain a culturally aware and responsive campus.
Session description: In this session, Corey Crowder will administer the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Assessment to help participants identify their preferred conflict/communication style, while analyzing perceptions and biases for each. Participants will also be introduced to Zaretta Hammond's Levels of Culture and the importance of shifting cultural perspectives within and across marginalized groups. This session will require movement and collaboration with others.
Date: March 8, 2023 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Eastview High School, Learning Commons (Media Center)
Invitation Only: All Affinity Unite members, Cultural Family Advocates, Leaders of Color, and Teachers of Color Mentorship Program members have been sent an e-invite.
(This will be the fifth whole group required meeting for the Teachers of Color Mentorship Program members.)
For mentors and mentees...
- Increase the frequency of your check-in's - 👥 ,📱, 💻 , &/or 📨 ,
- Attend the March 8 "Intercultural Conflict and Communication Style" Workshop, and
- Prepare for / complete the third observation cycle for TDE/Q-Comp - sign up for the pre-observation meeting, the observation, and post-observation meeting.
Collective Care vs. Self-Care
Read this brief interview by Mariame Kabe on collective care, then journal on how you can practice collective care with your community.
*This activity and the image with the journal prompt below was taken from the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice (ITOC) Femtorship Program's Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
Spring and Summer Courses
- Consider exploring District Graduate Classes - Spring C2. These classes are offered in partnership with Concordia. You would also have received a more detailed email in your district account.
- Start considering possible summer courses or training through the district.
Mind, Body, & Soul Resources
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
The 7-Day Happiness Challenge
Being happy has many health benefits. No matter the time, we can try to find some happiness in our lives. We invite you to try this 7-day Happiness Challenge.
*Image from The New York Times article, "The 7-Day Happiness Challenge: Try these simple steps for a joyful, more connected 2023."