Prioritizing long-term investments in anti-bias/anti-racism professional development for both educators and school- and district-level leaders aligned to your teaching and learning priorities (e.g., implementing a framework for culturally responsive teaching, understanding the role of bias in teaching and leading) is essential to supporting educators who will nurture and cultivate academic achievement, cultural and linguistic competence, sociopolitical awareness, and emotional intelligence among all students. Consider the following:
"Although at our school we often have conversations about equity, we didn't do the harder work...forcing people to deal with their own stuff depending on who they are. So that is not to say that your race means you do or do not have work to do, but it is to say that your race means that the work looks different."
Principal Advisory Cabinet Member
Center professional development around priorities for serving students' needs:
Clear, actionable PD for principals will be critical to support their leadership. Areas of leadership uniquely critical to this moment include:
Across Massachusetts, our student population is becoming increasingly diverse. Our education system is steeped in norms, traditions, and a lens that too often do not reflect and may not be supportive of this diversity. All students, families, and communities should have access to schools that believe this diversity is an asset and reflect, include, and sustain their cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The following resources can support PD on culturally and linguistically sustaining teaching and leading:
Educational Vision and Catalog of Aligned Supports
Online Platform for Informed Teaching & Calibration (OPTIC)
Multi-Tiered System of Support Academies
Professional Learning Partner Guide
For their contributions to this module, we'd like to thank DESE's Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign.
Denham, Susanne A., and Chavaughn Brown. ""Plays nice with others": Social-emotional learning and academic success." Early Education and Development 21.5 (2010): 652-680.
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Last Updated: November 17, 2023
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