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.
May 14: Navigating Change
May 14: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Emily Griffith Campus, Rm 935
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
May 28: Foundational Bias
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Emily Griffith Campus, Rm 935
Implicit and explicit biases are impacting our relationships with self and others every minute of every day. 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.
May 29: Culturally Responsive Leadership
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Emily Griffith Campus, Rm 935
The focus of this work is on culturally responsive pedagogy that challenges traditional practices and policies to create inclusive school environments for students and families from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Learners will leave with immediate skills to impact the culture and climate of their teams.
- Implement intentional strategies for narrowing the opportunity and awareness gaps
- Investigate your values, assumptions, and behaviors to ensure the needs of all students are being met
- Identify effective strategies and tools to help develop introspective skills to identify strengths and barriers to becoming culturally proficient
- Integrate the guiding principles, standards, language and behaviors necessary to value diversity
- Infuse culturally responsive leadership skills in your role as a team leader
- Incorporate and model inclusion for your school community.
- Instill a sense of urgency in educators to work towards cultural proficiency
May 30: Bias 2.0
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Emily Griffith Campus, Rm 935
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 Foundational 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.
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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