MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
How to be a 1st Responder to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events and Issues
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Brian L. Johnson, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, The Philadelphia School
Jesse Cronin-Connolly, Teacher, The Philadelphia School
The Philadelphia School took on the challenge of creating diversity professional development that was more practical and meaningful. Feedback from existing faculty and staff members from all backgrounds was that white faculty and staff could use more hands on, practical training dealing with specific diversity situations. Essentially, what do I do when... With this in mind, we created a series of workshops and practices that better equipped teachers and staff (particularly white teachers) to be "1st responders" of sorts, not bystanders. We gathered resources, created scenarios in relation to our school and crafted structures which allowed our Affinity Groups to serve as Professional Learning Groups that could explore scenarios about bias in school, and develop the ability to be a "1st responder." Join us as we share how we made the above possible and moving forward, how we plan to leverage our affinity groups as a means of providing impactful training on a consistent basis.
It is often that we hear from teachers, particularly white educators, that they want to be better at handling diversity issues that come up in class, in the hall, etc. This workshop is designed to provide educators with strategies and more importantly, the proper mindset to tackle these instances.
Participants will 1) Understand the importance of being a 1st Responder 2) Understand yourself as a 1st Responder 3) Practice tools and strategies for being a 1st Responder 4) Reflect on how you can apply what you learned today at your school.
is a career educator with 28 years of experience as a teacher, an Apprentice Principal of Instruction, a consultant, and an independent school administrator. Brian authored A Look in the Mirror, One School's Study of Raced Based Achievement - Independent School Magazine and is a contributing author of The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys. Currently, Brian is the Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The Philadelphia School.
has been an early childhood educator for 10 years and currently co-teaches a combined 1st and 2nd grade classroom at The Philadelphia School. He is interested in how to have better conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion with people of all ages. He is white, trans, and loves dogs.
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