Photos courtesy of Jessica Kerr
This annual five-day professional learning event, held in Washington State (USA), is designed to prepare educators with the knowledge, tools,
strategies and resources needed to improve school culture and student learning, and to design and carry out a successful Diversity Action Plan.
For WA State Educators
House Bill 1541 mandates the development of "cultural competency training" for K-12 school personnel as a key strategy for closing the educational opportunity gap.
OSPI indicates that the UnityWorks Training is one option
for responding to HB 1541, and we are “encouraged
to reach out directly to school districts that may be interested in the program.”
In addition, the Teacher Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) requires that all teachers and principals seeking renewal of their certificates must include topics related to TPEP in their clock hours and/or professional growth plans, starting in Sept. 2019. (See Teacher Criteria # 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and Principal Criteria # 1, 2, 3, 8.)
What People Are Saying
With our nation’s largely white, middle class, monolingual teaching force, and an increasingly diverse student population, there is a critical need to provide educators of all colors with training, tools, strategies and support in order to effectively address the equity and diversity issues in our classrooms and schools, and to strengthen the commitment to our American ideals.
Who Should Attend?
The training is designed for teams of educators
at all levels, including school board directors,
superintendents, principals, teachers and teacher educators, college staff and faculty, counselors, librarians, early learning providers, parents and community leaders. Individuals are also welcome.
35 continuing education clock hours are
available through ESD 105 for $3/clock hour.
Some Training Topics
To download a more detailed list, click here.
* Key Multicultural Concepts and Vocabulary
* Dimensions of Diversity
* Culture and Communication
* U.S. Historical Context, Laws and Policies
* Stereotypes in Society Today
* Prejudice: Causes, Consequences and Cures
* Multiple Perspectives in the Curriculum
* The Reality of Race
* The Power of Language
* Achievement and Opportunity Gaps
* Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement
* School Discipline & the School-to-Prison Pipeline
* Culturally Responsive Teaching
* Diversity Challenges at Our School
* Stages of Organizational Development
* Creating a Culture of Inclusion
* Diversity Action Plans
The UnityWorks training is action-packed and hands-on. It includes icebreakers and warm-ups, demonstrations and role plays, group discussion, storytelling, art, music, poetry, movement activities, journaling and personal reflection, as well as time for socializing and food. Participants are not only reading about best practices and instructional methods that engage students,
but are experiencing them as well.
In addition, a daily guest speaker serves to personalize the training content by sharing stories and answering questions about their own lives.
For participant comments, click here.
For a short Prezi on the training, click here.
For higher education training, click here.
For a participant evaluation summary, click here.
For training fees and registration, click here.
For 25 or more participants from the same district,
contact us to schedule a training at your location.
"Words cannot adequately describe how phenomenal
the UnityWorks workshop was. It was such an amazing week.
I learned so much and am still processing new insights and understandings. The work you are doing is truly transformational!"
- Jessica Kerr, Director, Cultivating Capacities, Colorado