DPS Skills

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    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.

    2021-22 Skills Workshop Dates

    Disrupting Bias 

    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 based 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.

    • February 2, 2022    Virtual       1:00-4:00 PM
    • March 2, 2022        Virtual       1:00-4:00 PM

    Bias 2.0

    Implicit and explicit biases are impacting our relationships with self and others every minute of every day. This training is designed for individuals who have already participated in the Disrupting Bias training, as we will continue to build on the self-awareness tools shared in that session. Learners will have the opportunity to examine bias within themselves and the environment they live in. We will then explore strategies to recognize and manage bias. Everyone will leave with action steps to support their work with students and colleagues. 

    • February 9, 2022    Virtual       1:00-4:00 PM
    • March 16, 2022      Virtual       1:00-4:00 PM


    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.

    • February 23, 2022       Virtual         1:00-4:00 PM
    • March 21, 2022            Virtual         1:00-4:00 PM

    Radical Self Care

    Radical self-care is the awareness that in the absence of consisten 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 "better me, better we" 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.

    • February 28, 2022       Virtual       1:00-4:00 PM


    Participants will begin to understand the experiences and identities of our LGBTQ+ students and colleagues. We will enhance our ability to create a more inclusive DPS through the language we use, the identities we create inclusion for and the self-awareness of our privilege.

    • March 7, 2022             Virtual        1:00-4:00 PM

    Radical Self Care and Racialized Trauma

    This workshop supports the participant as they learn the strategies of Radical Self Care and how those strategies improve brain, physical and emotional health. Additionally, those strategies can support the participant in addressing symptoms of racialized trauma that is a significant aspect of American culture. The workshop identifies Racialized Trauma (Menakem, 2017) and offers strategies to participants to increase their awareness of the somatic examples of Racialized Trauma. This awareness can help participants make progress in their journey to become more equitable. 

    • March 14, 2022           Virtual         1:00-4:00 PM

    Navigating Change

    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 transitions play in change. Learners will develop and improve their skills to help lead change at DPS.

    • March 23, 2022           Virtual           1:00-4:00 PM

    Exploring Privilege

    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 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 to participate, 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. Participants are expected to attend both sessions.

    • April 6, 2022 & May 4, 2022             Virtual                   1:00-4:00 PM


Sign Me Up:

  • To sign up for a DPS Skills class, use the direct links located above, or:

     *If you have issues registering through the system, please email dpsskills@dpsk12.org to register!*

  • DPS Skills for School-Based Staff

  • 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

    LEAP Framework

      • Learning Environment
      • Professionalism

      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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