Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Professional Learning Community

Targeted development to meet the unique needs of bipoc school leaders

Description

School leadership is an exceptionally demanding and often lonely role. 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: Elena has designed a program to provide BIPOC school leaders with this support, and we are ready to welcome our first participants! In February 2022, we will kick off our first professional learning community specifically for educational leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This five-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) Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a cohort of 12 BIPOC current school leaders/administrators. The PLC will meet every other week from February through June 2022, for a total of 11 sessions, with Bright Morning president and founder, 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 that 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.


Who should attend

This experience is right for you if:

  • You crave community with other BIPOC educational leaders.
  • You are ready to commit to a 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.
  • You are able to attend every session.

Prerequisites and Expectations

  • In addition to being a current school leader/administrator, all participants should have engaged previously in a Bright Morning-led training or conference. This is important as it ensures an understanding of and alignment with our approach to learning experiences and personal growth.
  • Participants must also 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.

Duration and Schedule

This cohort will meet almost every other week for 90 minutes each session and have ongoing reflective work between the 11 sessions. Sessions are held on Mondays, with the exception of the final meeting. Please note that some of the sessions may take place on school holidays.

February through June 2022:

  • February 7
  • February 21 (Presidents’ Day)
  • March 7 
  • March 21
  • April 4 
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16
  • May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • June 6 
  • June 21 (Tuesday)


All sessions take place from 4:00pm – 5:30pm Eastern Time // 1:00pm – 2:30pm Pacific Time


Cost

This pilot 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.


How to Apply

  • Unlike the overwhelming majority of our programs, this opportunity requires an application, and individuals will be selected and invited to participate. 
  • Applicants must log in with their Thinkific account (or create an account) in order to view the step-by-step instructions and application requirements. 
  • Applicants will need to share a link to a resume or LinkedIn profile (if it shares the same information) during the application process.
  • The online application for our inaugural cohort closed on Friday, January 7, 2022.
  • Late applications will not be considered given the tight timeframe for review.
  • For questions about this program, contact us at support@brightmorningteam.com with subject line: BIPOC PLC.