Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Leaders’ Professional Learning Community

Targeted development to meet the unique needs of bipoc Positional Leaders in Education

Description

School leadership is an exceptionally demanding and often lonely role. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) school leaders face additional challenges that come with underrepresentation (only comprising ~22% of school leadership roles) and the daily grind of operating within white supremacy culture. This reality combined with the lack of targeted supports quickly leads to burn-out. Too many transformational BIPOC school leaders have left the field or contemplate leaving.

This is not okay.

Here’s the good news: We can change that reality by providing BIPOC leaders with thoughtfully designed and intentionally facilitated learning spaces and advocating for structural changes that disrupt white supremacy! 

Here’s the even better news: In February 2022, we launched a pilot program to provide BIPOC school leaders with this support. We were thrilled by the strong response to our first round of educations and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our inaugural cohort. We’re now ready to open up this transformational learning community to even more participants.

This four-month, application-based experience will provide communal support and targeted development to meet the unique needs of BIPOC school leaders.

Our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Leaders’ Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a cohort of 20+ BIPOC current school leaders/administrators. The PLC will meet from August to December 2022, for a total of 8 sessions, with Bright Morning founder and CEO, Elena Aguilar. Participants will be provided with opportunities for reflection, short readings, and activities to more deeply understand their experiences as BIPOC leaders and shore up the resilience needed to lead schools. 

At the core of this learning experience is the community: Significant time will be allocated to building community and supporting each other. In this sense, this offering is different from many of Bright Morning’s learning experiences—this PLC is not a place where you’ll learn how to coach for equity, for example. Instead, you will learn how to access deeper reserves of self-knowledge and awareness and how to listen to each other and be together in new ways. 

This is an application-based program. Listen in to hear our founder and CEO, Elena Aguilar, share more about this unique opportunity for BIPOC education leaders.


Who should attend

This experience is right for you if:

  • You identify as BIPOC and are currently a positional leader in the field of education. For example, a district level administrator, principal, dean of students, etc. If you are unclear if your role meets this requirement, please email info@brightmorningteam.com to discuss.
  • You crave community with other BIPOC education leaders and are ready to commit to actively building and contributing to co-creating that community.
  • You know that your healing and resilience are critical to enable you to lead equitable schools. 
  • You are willing to explore a range of modalities for self-knowledge, including meditation, movement, and creative expression.

Prerequisite

  • In addition to being a current school leader/administrator, all participants should have engaged previously in a Bright Morning-led training or conference.
    • At minimum this means attending one of our half-day learning workshops (webinars, etc. do not fulfill this requirement). This is essential to ensure the depth of alignment with our approach to learning experiences and personal growth required for this type of intensive experience.
    • If you have not previously engaged with us at this level, and are interested in taking part in this experience, we recommend starting with one of our 101-level trainings found here.
  • You must be able to attend every session and have carefully reviewed the program expectations (see below).

Expectations

  • We treat this space as sacred. Participants honor this expectation by arriving on time. The meeting space closes and latecomers arriving more than 5 minutes after the start time are unable to join to avoid disruptions to the learning space.
  • Our virtual-live engagement requires videos to be on during the entire session to allow for full presence and connection.
  • Participants are expected to share contact information with each other in order to connect for assignments outside of the PLC meetings.
  • Participants must have the capacity to engage in independent work on their own time between sessions and prioritize attending every session. Community is at the heart of this experience, and a thriving community requires being fully committed and engaged.
  • We understand that emergencies come up. If a participant misses two sessions, a Bright Morning team member will reach out to connect and partner to identify an alternate pathway if necessary.

Duration

The cohort will meet for 8 sessions happening August 31 – December 14, 2022. This sacred space will allow each PLC participant to explore their ideas and a personal inquiry question related to identity or an area of leadership practice.

The cohort meets with Elena Aguilar every 1-3 weeks for 90 minutes with the exception of the first session which takes place over the course of 2 hours to allow for introductions. Participants can can expect at least 1 hour of pre-work for each session. During the weeks the cohort is not meeting, PLC participants will meet with their “Home Groups” at a time they determine.


Time

Sessions will take place over Zoom from 4:00pm-5:30pm Eastern or 7:00pm-8:30pm Eastern (1:00pm-2:30pm Pacific or 4:00pm-5:30pm Pacific) with the exception of the extended first session and “Home Group” connection points. Applicants will be given the opportunity to express their meeting time preference or confirm availability for both meeting times during the application process. These preferences will be consulted during the review process and all accepted applicants will be notified of our official meeting schedule.


Sessions

  • Session 1 – Wednesday, August 31, 2022
  • Session 2 – Wednesday, September 7, 2022
  • Session 3 – Wednesday, September 28, 2022
  • Session 4 – Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • Session 5 – Wednesday, October 26, 2022
  • Session 6 – Wednesday, November 16, 2022
  • Session 7 – Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Session 8 – Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Cost

This program costs $995.

We are committed to ensuring cost is not a barrier to participation. While we recognize most participants will receive financial sponsorship from their employer (and we encourage you to advocate forcefully), we know that is not always the case.

Anyone who is committed to fully engaging in this experience and truly unable to make the financial investment is invited to apply.

Refunds or transfers to an alternate person are not available after enrollment.


How to Apply

Unlike the overwhelming majority of our programs, this opportunity requires an application, and individuals will be selected and invited to participate.

  • To apply, please complete the following via our online application by Thursday, June 30, 2022:
    • Learn about the program details from Elena’s video above.
    • Share reflections about yourself in the online application
    • Include a link to a resume or LinkedIn profile (if it shares the same information)
    • Confirm you are available to attend every session and note your preferred time of day
    • Confirm you have participated in a paid learning experience (see prerequisites for more information)
  • Late applications will not be considered given the tight timeframe for review.
  • Please review what to expect for planning purposes:
    • Application deadline: by Thursday, June 30, 2022
    • Notification updates: by Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    • Deadline to accept (if applicable): by Monday, August 1, 2022
    • Enrollment fee deadline: by Friday, August 12, 2022
    • Session 1: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 (pre-work will be shared in advance)

For questions about this program, contact us at info@brightmorningteam.com with the subject line: BIPOC Leaders’ PLC.

“The PLC was a great opportunity for leaders together to discuss collective challenges and support one another. The learning was deep and meaningful. The experience grew my capacity and allowed me to see how to support others in authentic and empathetic ways.”

Jason D.

“It is through this experience that I increased my confidence and identity around being a leader. I really explored that notion of being good enough and valid with my cohort colleagues and learned to embrace being a leader as a part of who I am. I am a leader because I am living with honesty and clarity about who I am. For so long I would SAY I am a leader in education and I had titles and awards to show it, but here I embarked on a process that helped be BELIEVE in myself as someone who has purpose. This process included talking/sharing thinking and story, being listened to, observing others speak and holding space for others, witnessing the consultancy protocol in action, and being invited and asked to reflect, speak, share, contribute, help, and give back.”

Bawaajigekwe B.

“Elena Aguilar’s community building facilitation is nothing less than magical. The BIPOC PLC she led was a space for me to interrogate how I relate to myself, how my human environment influences my relationship with myself, and the impact this has on my personal and professional life.”

Amena C.