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Office of Strategic Engagement

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Professional Learning

Welcome to the VCU School of Education’s Office of Strategic Engagement. Being a transformative educator who imagines possibilities and takes action can be a challenge. We want to help with that by being a resource and a partner. We collaborate with regional, national and international communities who seek research-informed practices to innovatively prepare educators to work effectively in urban and high needs schools that have been historically marginalized.

The Office of Strategic Engagement customizes professional learning opportunities focused on creating equity in schools and communities through culturally responsive best practices explicitly focused on educator and community implicit biases. Our professional learning opportunities reflect VCU’s I-cubed efforts of urban transformation through collaborations and partnerships with local schools and communities focused on topics of diversity, equity and inclusion for Black and LatinX school children. Training opportunities are designed for pre-service and current PreK-12 teachers and leaders with the intentional purpose of addressing the racial, socio-economic and cultural inequities within Virginia’s schools.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Culturally responsive best practices
  • Understanding implicit biases
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Leading in diverse communities

Highlighted Professional Development learning experiences ready for customization:

Racial Equity: Power, Privilege, and Perspective: Engage in important conversations to include facilitated discussions about power, privilege and white fragility. Participants will utilize self-reflection to analyze how values, experiences, assumptions and environment influence student learning. Particular emphasis will be on understanding and valuing perspectives from a racial lens.

Culturally Responsive Practice: Relationships Matter: Participants engage in self-reflection to examine culture from a personal viewpoint after which cultural assumptions, stereotypes and attitudes will be explored to facilitate a deeper understanding and appreciation for those from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Why DEI?: Reflection and analysis of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts will be examined; best practices will be shared to promote more equitable outcomes for all members of the organization.

Becoming an Antiracist Educator Series

The Office of Strategic Engagement is pleased to present the Becoming an Antiracist Educator series. This dynamic professional learning opportunity will intentionally develop skills to engage in practices to dismantle systems that perpetuate racial inequities.

We invite you to join us in an interactive and reflective virtual space to deepen our understanding of race, racism and systemic inequities. Collectively, we will challenge the underlying structures that uphold racism and will develop dispositions to demonstrate antiracist actions within our personal and professional environments.

Learn more about the Becoming an Antiracist Educator series here.

Register here.

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