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Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity

Educational systems and those who work in them have a tremendous amount of influence on students--who they are and who they will be. And because of that work, the adults in school systems deserve the opportunity to grow and heal from the personal and professional harm that has occurred in their lives as well, so as to be fully available for the students.

ESD 123 is proud to present “Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity,” taking place throughout the months of June, July and August 2021

Belonging through a culture of dignity. Successful equity implementation in schools.

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Dates: June 25, August 11, and August 12, 2021
Times: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: Online virtually via Zoom
Cost: $350/person (school improvement and migrant education schools eligible for discount coupons!)
Clock Hours: 30

Participants will meet synchronously on June 25 and August 11-12, 2021. Presented by John Krownapple and Floyd Cobb, Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity supports schools with successfully implementing educational equity. This 3-day virtual event is enhanced by an online, self-paced, asynchronous study of the book. (All participants receive a copy of the book FREE with registration!) Sessions will bring clarity to what equity is all about so that we can address it through specific actions in our teaching, leading, or system practices. Through a journey that moves from awareness to commitment to action, this training helps schools honor the dignity of every learner. Participants will acquire a pragmatic framework of dignity and belonging that they can use to guide successful equity implementation.

“Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity is the resource that I’ve been waiting for in my work. Dr. Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple layout how honoring dignity, “the innate, equal worth of each human being simply because that person is human,” is the way to equity in schools and all school systems.”

Helping Districts Meet State-Required Training:

This training helps satisfy the 2020-2021 requirements of Washington Senate Bill 6168, which requires school districts to “train school district staff on racial literacy, cultural responsiveness, and stereotype threat for purposes of closing persistent opportunity gaps.”

Meet the Presenters

Floyd CobbFloyd Cobb

Floyd Cobb is an adjunct faculty member with the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. His coursework focuses on teaching methods along with the intersections of race, class, power and privilege. He has held a district-wide leadership role in issues related to educational equity for ten years and has also served as a central office leader responsible for curriculum and instruction.

Floyd holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and is the author of the book, Leading While Black (2017) and co-author of the book, Interrogating Whiteness Relinquishing Power. He has also co-authored the article Meritocracy or complexity: problematizing racial disparities in mathematics assessment within the context of curricular structures, practices, and discourse (2015) and Navigating the Space between: Obama and the Post Racial Myth (2013).

John KrownappleJohn Krownapple

John Krownapple specializes in facilitating professional learning and organizational development focused on social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. In his book Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity: Culturally
Proficient Facilitation, he offers the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for helping schools and systems experience equitable change.

John has served as a district office administrator, professional development facilitator, curriculum specialist, and elementary teacher. He is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where his coursework focuses on culturally responsive teaching. He is also the Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Howard County Public School System. John's goal is simple -- to help each of us get in touch with our own dignity so that we can affirm the dignity of others. In doing so, John believes that we can grow as an inclusive community and unfold the promise of democracy.
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