As the Black Lives Matter movement grew momentum following the death of George Floyd I knew we needed to respond with appropriate professional learning for school staff on their return to face to face post lockdown
The same day I realised this, I contacted Pran who I had been following on Twitter. I was delighted he was up for the challenge of producing and facilitating a multi-school, multi-session interactive online professional learning program.
Together we have worked since then on crafting, designing and redesigning a program of professional learning that begins to look at the breadth of impact unconscious bias and anti-racism can have on a school community. We will be looking at culture, curriculum, behaviour, assessment, recruitment and lots more.
Together, we have benefitted from the input of a great group of colleagues in Enfield Education, who have formed a steering group. We have taken ideas to them, and heard from their ideas, gaining from each individual’s experience.
Our program begins this Wednesday, 30th September. Starting with an introduction to anti-racism, Pran will lead the first session which sets the tone for the rest of the program. Throughout the remaining 9 sessions, Pran will be joined by a fantastic colleague from another Local Authority in London, Orlene Badu, who is leading a session on Unconscious Bias. A wonderful teacher and author from the U.S. will be leading two sessions. I started his book during lockdown and have been enriched by reading it.
Research based, and designed with andragogy – adult learning theory – in mind; we hope to foster a new community. We have extended the opportunity to participate in this program to schools wherever they are. All sessions are on Zoom at 4 p.m. GMT.
Brochure with details of each session: https://tinyurl.com/UnconsciousBiasAntiRacism
If you would like to register for the program, or for individual sessions please click here
If you would like further information, please contact us.
5 months into the role of Head of Professional Learning, I am honoured to be a part of this, our first new professional learning program. We hope to meet you online.
Head of Professional Learning, Enfield