Coaching for Equity 101

Sharpen your ability to see and hear educational inequities and learn how to take effective action

Description

You want your school or organization to be an equitable place of learning. A place where every person gets what they need every day.

And yet…

  • you’re worried that isn’t currently the case. There are disparities in outcomes, but what those are, and what is driving them isn’t quite clear to you.
  • you feel called to take a stand in the face of injustice but unsure of what exactly to do.
  • your mind is spinning with terms and acronyms and confusion about what’s the “right” thing to say, and what you “shouldn’t” say.

If you are in the early stages of understanding educational inequities and are eager to learn, this course is for you.

When we begin to see inequities in schools and organizations, we can feel overwhelmed by their magnitude. This can make us feel like we don’t know where to start, or how to start, with addressing them. At the same time, we may feel a surge of emotions, including anger, sadness, guilt, responsibility, and anxiety, and these emotions can also be paralyzing.

We have all been beginners. Beginners need and deserve a space to be together and learn.

We have all been beginners. Beginners need and deserve a space to be together and learn. We know you want to take action and create schools where every child thrives, and we want to set you on the path to doing so. This is an ideal course for anyone new to coaching or holding an equity lens.


Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Build foundational equity literacy to increase our learning, reinforce what we know, and consider for our organizations
  • Identify and generate actions related to common inequities in organizations
  • Learn and practice conversations centered on equity using the tools and practices of Transformational Coaching
  • Boost our courage for working with triggers and having conversations centered on equity

Activities include

  • Small group discussions
  • Mini-practice experiences
  • Direct instruction
  • Demonstrations

Who should attend

  • Teachers, coaches, and school leaders who crave a non-judgmental learning space to acquire a foundational understanding of racism, white supremacy, and educational equity.
  • Coaches who have started seeing educational inequities but are not sure where to begin to interrupt them.
  • People who are at earlier stages of their learning about inequity and racism.

This course is for you if:

  • You know that schools and organizations are inequitable places, but you can’t precisely put your finger on why. You want to learn exactly what goes on that’s inequitable and you want clear language to talk about what you see.
  • You crave a non-judgmental learning space to acquire a foundational understanding of racism, white supremacy, and educational equity. You want to have conversations with others where you can ask all the questions that you are embarrassed to ask.
  • You have started seeing educational equities but are not sure where to begin to interrupt them. You want to learn a few things you can say when you hear someone saying something problematic, things that will help that person reflect on what they are saying.
  • You want a space to clarify your thoughts and feelings about equity, to anchor in your purpose and vision for yourself as an educator and human being, and to boost your courage.

Prerequisites

Participants will need to have a copy of Coaching for Equity. We also strongly recommend that participants have a copy of The Art of Coaching Workbook to supplement their learning. These books are not included in the registration fee and must be acquired separately.

No prior formal learning experiences are required. Pre-work includes reading the Introduction and Chapters 1-4 in Coaching for Equity and preparation for the breakout discussion.


Duration

This learning experience takes place over 2 consecutive days with 4 hours of learning on each day. In total, this workshop is 8 hours of virtual-live learning.

All sessions will be recorded in the event you cannot make a session or if you would like to rewatch at a later time. Course access is available for up to 30 days after the last virtual-live session to help supplement learning.


What people say

As always, an insanely thoughtful, intentional, and purpose-driven workshop from the Bright Morning crew. Attend if you want to feel unsettled and engage in critical work and thinking around race and privilege in education and all institutions in the U.S.

Larissa

This workshop was interactive, well-paced, and [the co-facilitators] expertly utilized all of the features of a virtual learning environment while still providing opportunities for us all to connect. I can’t wait to use what I learned in the training, as well as to implement new activities into my own teaching next year, whether virtual or in-person.

Halli

As someone who supervises coaches, this workshop gave me the tools to support coaches in having transformational conversations. Anyone who has a coaching program in their district needs to equip their coaches with these critically important skills. The facilitators do a brilliant job of making complex learning meaningful and accessible.

Laura (Bright Morning member)