The DPS Skills program offers a variety of workshops designed to support all DPS team members. During these workshops, you will have the opportunity to focus on personal and professional development while sharing experiences with your teammates from across DPS.
Feb. 23: Leading with EQ
Feb. 23: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize and manage emotions to enhance our ability to build relationships and strengthen our capacity to make good decisions. Learners will explore theories and models of EQ, as well as the physiology of emotions. We will learn how to identify “triggers” and apply tools to successfully manage interactions with others.
March 1: Nutrition
March 1: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
How exciting to develop your own recipe for success! During this workshop you will learn about Primary Food, the facts about proteins, carbs, fats, label reading as well as debunking some of the common nutrition myths. You will learn tips to planning, buying and preparing a healthy delicious meal. You will develop a personal SMART goal action plan.
March 2: Disrupting Bias: Beyond the Basics
March 2: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
This session provides experiences in exploring the topics of equity, bias and its impact on school communities and work environments. The content includes the comparison of implicit, explicit and oppression bias with opportunities for participants to learn about the development of bias and to reflect on their personal bias. To learn how to disrupt bias, participants will discuss and practice the Detect, Reflect and Reject strategy.
March 16: Bias 2.0
March 16: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
Implicit and explicit biases are impacting our relationships with others every minute of every day. This training is designed for individuals who have already participated in the Disrupting Bias workshop and are ready to do more advanced work in identifying and changing implicit biases. In this session, we will continue to build on the self-awareness tools and participants will have the opportunity to examine bias within themselves and the environment they live in. We will explore strategies to recognize and manage bias and everyone will leave with action steps to support their work with students and colleagues.
March 23: Navigating Change
March 23: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
Change is constant and is the one thing we all experience in our personal and professional lives. For some of us change can be challenging, yet for others, it can be a welcomed opportunity. During this workshop, learners will discuss those things that drive change, as well as the role that transitions play in change. Learners will develop and improve their skills to help lead change at DPS.
- Assess your readiness and resiliency for change
- Understand the stages of change and transition and how you show up in each
- Build skills and develop strategies to effectively communicate personal needs during change
- Identify strategies for being a change agent
March 24 and April 7: Exploring White Privilege
March 24 and April 7: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
This 2-day workshop will focus on exploring white privilege and its impact in DPS at the personal and systemic level. Participants will investigate white privilege through the lens of the 4 I’s of Oppression and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their own white privilege and how to take steps to undo it in their area of work and unlearn it within themselves. Although all are welcome, this workshop is designed for white people. The content of this workshop is focused on the responsibility of white people to dismantle white privilege and is framed from a perspective that racism is real.
April 13: Radical Self Care
April 13: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
Radical self-care is the awareness that in the absence of consistent strategies of self-care, eventual neglect may lead to a crisis in health, work, or family relations. In the case of a crisis or to prevent a crisis, an intervention of radical self-care is needed. This course helps participants work toward their personal wellness goals by becoming aware of how to create strategies and systems of self-care that fit the needs of each participant and prevent a radical self-care intervention.
April 27: Micro-Aggressions
April 27: 2 - 5 p.m., Virtual Event on Zoom
Micro-aggressions are subtle yet offensive comments or actions directed at a non-dominant group that are often unintentional and can unconsciously reinforce stereotypes. This workshop provides learners an opportunity to explore micro-aggressions at a deeper level through engaging discussions and activities, and provides tools to help you spot and counteract them in your everyday life.
- Define micro-aggressions
- Spot micro-aggressions and counteract them
- Know the impact micro-aggressions can have on retention and culture at DPS
- Implement strategies to minimize/eliminate the impact of micro-aggressions
Supports Your Goals
Participation in this program provides the tools and knowledge to help you achieve the following goals:
LIFT and LEAD Goals:
- Personal & Values
- Vision & Strategy
- Operational & Organizational
- People & Culture
- Community & Equity
- Learning Environment
Participation in these workshops is a great way to demonstrate your on-going commitment to help us reach our vision: Every Child Succeeds!
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