Social Justice Professional Development Support for Bay Area Schools
Professional Development and Community Resources
A list of free/low-cost professional development opportunities for schools interested in expanding their capacity in this work.
SF-CESS (San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools)
Offers professional development for teachers and administrators via iGroups, “individual inquiry group”, made up of a small team of colleagues and a trained facilitator “committed to interrupt and improve inequitable experiences and outcomes for the students they serve” through examination and transformation of their own practice. Go to the website to apply for upcoming Equity-Based iGroup information.
Our Family Coalition
Our Family Coalition advances equity* for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy. They offer free workshops for teachers to counter bullying and create safe and inclusive schools for all kids and families. Check out their events page or contact them directly to have them come out to your school.
Parent Leadership Action Network
PLAN’s training programs support parent leaders to work in partnership for safe, healthy and equitable schools. They offer excellent training to help marginalized families advocate for equitable and inclusive schools. See website for more info,
Teachers 4 Social Justice
Teachers 4 Social Justice is a grassroots non-profit teacher support and development organization in San Francisco. Many teachers participate in monthly General Meetings to learn and support equity work going on in their schools. Some teachers may also offer to work with individual staff or share resources. Check out the events listing of the left side of the web page for General Meeting dates and time, or to see other events.
World Trust Educational Services is a “non-profit social justice organization that provides deep learning, tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and in their lives.” World Trust Education Services produces films, curriculum and workshops that create empathy and deepen conversations about race. See film clips or download free discussion guides online.
Founded by Zaretta Hammond, a self-described “former writing teacher turned equity freedom fighter”. and author of the book Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain, this non-profit supports educators in building “communities of practice” around culturally responsive instruction with a focus on reading. The work is focused on using culturally responsive teaching practices to help student become the “leaders of their own learning.” Read the book, or sign up for a future online workshop. http://ready4rigor.com/bootcamp/
Black Teacher Project
The Black Teacher Project recruits, develops and sustains Black teachers in schools in the United States. This organization, founded by Micia Mosely, Ph.D., offers opportunities for Black educators to come together in support of one another and the work. The next event is a Back to School Happy Hour for Black Teachers Thursday, August 31 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Bissap Baobab in San Francisco. Black teachers can come together, share affinity with one another, build their networks and learn about upcoming events. Check the events page for info.
SF Peer Resources
San Francisco Peer Resources, a partner of SFUSD since 1979 supports schools in building student leadership by “engaging, training, and advocating for young people.” School based programs train students to lead a variety of peer leader programs such as: peer mentoring, peer education around equity issues, tutoring, and conflict mediation. Peer education programs can provide trained student educators to lead classroom workshops on equity issues. Peer Resource staff also coordinate a variety of programs and events to support safe and inclusive schools. Click this link to learn more. http://www.peerresources.org/what-we-do/in-school/