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DEIJ FOR EDUCATORS: Creating More Equitable School Environments

Course Title

DEIJ for Educators: Creating More Equitable School Environments

Course Number

ISCA 401 

Course Overview

Every student deserves culturally competent educators and pastoral staff who not only honor diverse identities, but who actively strive toward a more just and equitable world in their classrooms and beyond. This course aims to support international school counselors in promoting equity in their school communities. Our interactive course is designed to increase participants’ awareness of bias, discrimination, and privilege in their own lives, in the lives of their students, and in their school communities. 

Upon completion of the three-module series, participants will:Have a deeper understanding of the perspectives and experiences of both dominant and marginalized groups; develop awareness about the role they play in equity work; and be better equipped to provide tools for advocacy and leadership in doing anti-oppression work in the context of an international school. We believe that every student deserves culturally competent staff members in the school community who not only honor diverse identities, but who actively and continuously strive toward a more just and equitable school community.


A. RESPONSIBILITY TO STUDENTS 

10. Underserved and At-Risk Populations School counselors:

a. Strive to contribute to a safe, respectful, nondiscriminatory school environment in which all members of the school community demonstrate respect and civility.


B. RESPONSIBILITIES TO PARENTS/ GUARDIANS, SCHOOL AND SELF 

2. Responsibilities to the School  

m. Promote cultural competence to help create a safer more inclusive school environment. 

B.3. Responsibilities to Self 

k. Work toward a school climate that embraces diversity and promotes academic, career and social/emotional development for all students.

Behavior 

B-PF 6. Demonstrate understanding of the impact of cultural, social and environmental influences on student success and opportunities. 

b. Explain how students’ cultural, social and economic  background may affect their academic achievement, behavior, relationships and overall performance in school. 

f. Understand personal limitations and biases, and articulate how they may affect the school counselor’s work.



IB Standards: In line with the IB, the aim of the IB is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.


Intended Audience

All International Educators

Essential Questions

What role does my own experience and perspective play in how I approach equity work? 

How can I provide leadership, support, and advocacy around equity issues to students, teachers, and administrators at my school?

    Knowledge

    Skills

    Participants will know:

    Participants will be able to:

    • How bias functions and its implications.

    • How discrimination and bias affect learning environments and cognitive functioning. 

    • Knowledge of equitable and culturally responsive approaches to counseling and teaching in an international school setting. 
    • Awareness of their place and position in equity work in their schools and beyond.
    • Interrupt bias and act as an advocate for equity.

    • Provide leadership in equity work in their schools. 

    • Impart tools for culturally responsive and inclusive 

    • international school environments.



    About the Facilitator

    ANDREW MCGEEHAN (He/Him) - Lead facilitator

    Andrew holds an MA in Student Development & Higher Education from Seattle University and is the director of Trident Training & Consulting - an organisation whose mission is to help develop and create institutions and organisations that are respectful, open, inclusive, and free of harassment. He is also a DEIJ consultant at Linden Global Learning Support Services. 

    Andrew has been leading workshops and developing policies on equity and student life for the past 10 years. Andrew discovered his passion for diversity & inclusion issues during his undergraduate life, where he was exposed to different ideas about identity, power, and inclusion.

    Andrew facilitates workshops related to consent, respect, boundaries, and appropriate response to sexual misconduct for both the National University of Singapore and Yale-National University of Singapore College. Andrew also leads  and supports professional staff and student staff training for the past 10 years on topics such as effective supervision, giving and receiving feedback, teamwork, and conflict management.


    MAKIA MATHEIS (She/Her)

    Makia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who has a passion for working with families, youth, and young adults.  Prior to becoming a therapist, she was a teacher. Through teaching, she found that the one-on-one working relationship with each of her students and the parents' alliance was an essential part of their learning and growth. After leaving the teaching field, she earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in family systems. 


    Makia has worked with adults, children, and families in various settings, including hospitals, public and private schools, and community-based organizations.Having lived overseas for almost eight years, she understands the nuances of living in another country, raising multicultural children, and creating a sense of belonging and community in a foreign country. 


    Makia will facilitate racial affinity groups as needed throughout the workshop. A racial affinity group is a safe space specifically designed for BIPOC participants to help them find connection, support, healing and inspiration.


    Dates and times of offerings

    Cohort 2: November 5, 22 and December 3 @ 12:00-15:00 GMT SOLD OUT

    Cohort 3: January 14, 22 and 29, 2022 @13:00-16:00 GMT

    Contact hours

    Nine (9) Professional Development Hours

    Time commitment between sessions

    1-2 hours between sessions.

    Required Resource(s)

    Something to write with and something to write on.

    References

    American School Counselor Association (2019). ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies. Alexandria, VA: Author.

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