Developing an Anti-Racist, Inclusive Culture

Now more than ever we need to work to build inclusive, supportive work environments/ anti-racist practices.

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3 classes per week, for 3 weeks

Multi Class Course

60 minutes

Class Duration

2-9 students

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Per Student

Times are changing and being aware of and taking action towards promoting anti-racism practices will be what makes a difference in the success of future businesses and organizations. Leaders are juggling lots of issues but putting first a company or team's culture is critical for success and meaningful work.

In this course, we will delve deeper into the topic of equity and access and unpacking the terms around anti-racism and decolonization. We will use Randall Lindsey et al's work around Cultural Proficiency to better understand our own roles in our groups to promote a more just and inclusive culture that supports everyone from a core understanding of equality and humanity.

Session 1 will focus on unpacking key terms, breaking down some of the headlines, and considering the different perspectives/ roles media plays.
In session 2 we will build our own understanding of our identity, our role, and sphere of influence. Between sessions 2 and 3 you will be asked to observe your setting and begin to identify actions that are impacting an inclusive culture.
In session 3 we will unpack the observations of the group and identify ways to take action in a positive, anti-racist approach.

To be successful in this course participants need to be willing to be open and willing to confront their own biases. The goal of the course is for participants to have a heightened sense of awareness and tools to build a positive, inclusive culture.

This course will begin one's journey on self-identity and recognizing one's role and impact of one's actions, or lack of action. It might be a challenge; the course will give you tools to address anti-racism from an enlightened approach founded in research. Be prepared to engage actively and honestly and have a clear understanding of what you hope to learn from the course.

Mara has over 25 years of experience in education and 20 years in leadership roles. Academically she holds a PhD in Urban Leadership, Masters in Education, and a BA in Politics. Professionally she has lead teams of school leaders along with leading her own schools for over 15 years. She was trained by Dr. Randall Lindsey in Cultural Proficiency and has applied her learning in her practice. Most recently she leads a teacher training program in the UK and now is working with other non-profits with writing their school leader training modules. This is a topic she believes firmly in and believes everyone deserves work and learning environments that support understanding, equity, and access for everyone equally.

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Mara Simmons, PhD

A Tinker in Education that Promotes Joy and Curiosity
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About Me

Teaching is my life, my parents would say. In my young adult life I took great joy at creating explanations for things and sharing new knowledge with others. As I matured I learned that much of teaching is learning, listening and understanding others' perspectives and experiences and the combination of learning with my love for sharing knowledge helps define my approach in any course I teach.

I have been privileged with having a long and varied teaching career that includes teaching math, science, history, leadership and English to young students in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years in mostly low income, culturally diverse communities. In addition, I have served as a school head, director and school founder for 12 years and most recently was a program manager for teacher training in the UK where I shaped what teacher training can look like for the post 16 sector.

Choosing to teach online is a new venture for me and an opportunity for me to grow. I appreciate the in-person sessions and look forward to cultivating discussion and learner engagement. Also, I believe education should be about choice, and I love that here you choose what you want to study.

The subjects I will teach will be relevant to those wishing to improve their professional skills, whether it be working with others, ways of writing, or how to increase colleague engagement and enthusiasm. In addition, I hope to bring in some courses specifically for teachers and presenters around how to prepare lessons and how to increase student engagement and joy for learning. Lastly, I am interested in teaching about how to cope with remote learning and working as I have observed and at times struggled with these issues in the past and have found some useful strategies that have worked.

In my classes you will never be quiet for an entire session, nor have to listen to me lecturing - I am a believer in collaboration, discussion and facilitated learning. Problem-based, project-based learning is my approach in a school setting; here online we will have a version of it. At the end of each session, we will re-cap to make sure that you have left with a nugget of learning or provocation to go further along with some extra tools to be that value add.

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