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In-Person Professional Development: Collective Healing, Racial and Gender Equity Strategies

Join educators in-person to engage in a professional development experience that goes to the heart of what you need right now: rest, joy, wellness, and radical-self-care in community. This is the professional development experience like no other! Engage in healing work led by members of Sacred Roots’ Healers of Color Collective and understand the connection between your wellness and your practice. Collaborate and build with other educators. Walk away with the theory behind creating anti-racist, gender and racial equity-centered classrooms, plus practical teaching strategies and curriculum to support the voice, power and leadership of every student.

This professional development workshop is co-sponsored by Sacred Roots and Girls Leadership.

 

Dates

Wednesday, July 21 – Friday, July 23

 

Location

Mills College Campus
5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613

Due to COVID restrictions, no overnight guests are allowed at Mills College. Out of town participants must secure their own lodging. Girls Leadership has a block of hotel rooms reserved at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterfront at a discounted rate of $129/night. Rooms must be reserved at least one month in advance to receive this discounted rate. To receive the discounted rate, click here.

 

Schedule

Day 1: Healing, Wellness, Rest, Community

9am – 10am: Opening Circle

We will gather in an opening circle to ceremonially center ourselves in community, learn more about one another through games and community contract creation.

10am – 12pm: Healing/Wellness sessions

Participants will engage in two wellness sessions guided by Sacred Roots’ healers of color. Sessions include Interplay, guided meditation, inner resourcing, holistic coaching and discussion groups.

12pm – 1pm: Lunch

Due to COVID safety protocols, participants must bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks from home. Enjoy the beautiful Mills College campus and spend time with fellow community members.

1pm – 3pm: Healing/Wellness sessions

Participants will engage in two wellness sessions guided by Sacred Roots’ healers of color. Sessions include Interplay, guided meditation, inner resourcing, holistic coaching and discussion groups.

3pm – 4pm: Closing Circle: Mindfulness

We will close the day the same way we ended, in circle, reflecting on our learnings from the day.

Day 2: Mindfulness, Learning & Synthesis, Collaboration, Community

9am – 10am: Opening Circle:

We will gather in an opening circle to center ourselves in community.

10am – 12pm: Healing Centered Engagement + Social Emotional Learning Workshop

Girls Leadership facilitators will lead a healing-centered engagement workshop that offers practical tools that allow you to create essential educational spaces in which youth can heal, experience joy and engage bravely in community.

12pm- 1pm: Lunch

Due to COVID safety protocols, participants must bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks from home. Enjoy the beautiful Mills College campus and spend time with fellow community members.

1pm – 3pm: Cohort collaboration

Bring a lesson plan, problem of practice or an idea you are chewing on to share with other educators and receive feedback. Participants will choose from a structured conference-style collaboration time, or a free-flowing conversational time with peers.

3pm – 4pm: Closing Circle: Mindfulness

We will close the day the same way we ended, in circle, reflecting on our learnings from the day.

Day 3: Mindfulness, Learning & Synthesis, Collaboration, Community

9am – 9:30am: Opening Circle:

We will gather in an opening circle to center ourselves in community.

9:30am – 11:30am: Brave Space, Culturally Responsive Mindsets, Bias Intervention Workshop

Explore ways to create Brave Spaces in which youth can feel heard, seen, valued and supported. Hone your ability to utilize expansive practices that honor all within your community. Each session will highlight strategies and tools participants can utilize to strengthen the SEL capacities, wellness and healing of themselves and youth in their respective communities.

11:30am – 12pm: Lunch

Due to COVID safety protocols, participants must bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks from home. Enjoy the beautiful Mills College campus and spend time with fellow community members.

12pm – 1pm: Closing Ceremony

We will close our time together in community and celebration, and set our intentions for the school year ahead.

 

Curriculum

Included in the training, participants will receive our gender and culturally responsive curriculum that includes 60+ lessons and focuses on five domains with lessons aligned to developmentally appropriate outcomes at three levels, Introductory, Developing, and Advanced.

It was developed in partnership with middle school girls in grades 6-8 from across the country, including Girls Athletics Leadership School in Denver and Los Angeles, The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in the Bronx and Astoria, and United Playaz and West Bay Pilipino Services Center in San Francisco to support the development, testing, and iteration of our lessons.

 

COVID Safety Guidelines

COVID-19 Safety and Preventative Measures
With the safety and wellness of all participants and facilitators as the highest priority, Girls Leadership Professional Development will run in accordance with the most up-to-date COVID safety and preventative guidance from the local health department and the Center for Disease and Control (CDC). Facilitators will all be fully vaccinated by the start of the program.

All participants and facilitators will be required to abide by the following safety protocols:

  1. Participants and facilitators will complete a daily health screening before being allowed into campus. Should a participant have symptoms of an illness (fever, chills, nausea, etc), they will not be admitted to training. Should symptoms arise during the day, the participant will be required to leave the training to seek medical care.
  2. Participants must bring their own drinks, snacks and lunch to training, as COVID-guidelines disallow Girls Leadership from serving food.
  3. Participants must wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking. Additional masks will be available to participants, should they need one.
  4. Participants will have access to and utilize frequent hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout the day.
  5. Participants will socially distance throughout the day.

 

Facilitators

Sacred Roots Healers, Angelita Di Natale, Donna Battle, Jiling Lin, Lisa Castellano, and Martha Martinez; and Girls Leadership Facilitators: Cassandra Brown, Catherine MacDonald Burns, Danielle Bero, Dr. Kendra Carr

 

Price

$650

10% off for groups of 3 or more from the same school or organization. Use discount code PDGROUP2021 at checkout.
SCHOLARSHIPS ON A SLIDING SCALE
Girls Leadership is committed to providing access to programs. We are able to offer need-based scholarship assistance with reliance on funding from donors, corporations, and foundations. Applications are considered in the order they are received. Scholarships will be awarded based on explanation of need and funding available.
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What People Are Saying

Instagram screenshot from @thecurvydirtroad “AMAZING morning spent in professional development with @girlsleadership sponsored by the Marin County Office of Education. Thanks to the amazing co-facilitators for putting together a thoughtful and impactful program. So much to take away with me as I write curriculum for my Life Skills classes as well as best practices that will help all my students in 6th grade.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive credits for this professional development? 
If your supervising organization approves this professional development to meet CEUs, we can approve documentation that certifies your hours of participation.

Who is the professional development for? 
The sessions are designed for educators, administrators, district leaders, youth-serving professionals, counselors, and formal volunteers who work regularly with girls in grades 5-8.   

Can I train others to teach the curriculum? 
Completion of this professional development does not authorize individuals to sell the program or train others to teach it.