A Day of Professional Development

As part of our diversity initiatives for the 2017-18 school year, faculty and staff professional development on February 16 was devoted to equity and inclusion training related to our summer reading, Everyday Bias.

Dr. Kathy O'Bear and Dr. Tanya Williams presented a workshop entitled "Navigating Difficult, Triggering Events: Critical Competencies for Creating Inclusive Learning and Work Environments." This training was designed to take a deep dive into what triggers us when it comes to issues of diversity.  Effectively navigating triggering moments is a critical multicultural competency for creating inclusive, socially just schools.

A little about our presenters:

Dr. Kathy Obear, president of The Center for Transformation Change (www.drkathyobear.com), and Co-Founder of The Social Justice Training Institute (www.sjti.org), has over 30 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and trainer with a special focus on dismantling oppression and creating inclusive organizations.

Tanya O. Williams, who leads Authentic Coaching and Consulting (www.authenticseeds.org), focuses her work on providing and creating spaces for all people to feel seen and appreciated for their authentic selves.  She believes that educating and working toward equity, as well as creating spaces of justice and communication, all grow out of that desire.  Tanya has over 20 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice teaching, programming and facilitation experience.