Services for Schools and Educators

iChange Collaborative - We offer inclusivity consulting and training workshops to businesses, schools, community organizations, and government agencies.

 

RACIAL EQUITY: THE ORGANIZATIONAL IMPERATIVE

In the summer of 2020, we narrowed our focus from diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in general to focus primarily on race. Racial equity is an urgent need in education, and we believe this focus will serve other marginalized groups. We plan to continue this focus in the 2021-22 school year.

We can help your school develop infrastructure to support racial diversity, equity, and inclusion education among leadership, faculty and staff, students, and parent communities. 

Our Transformational Inquiry Method allows educators to integrate information over time as we scaffold information and activities through multiple domains of learning. Our programs are highly interactive and provide educators with a practicum experience of  generating shared knowledge in a learning community.

 

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 

 

Coaching for the Executive Leadership Team

iChange consultants collaborate with your team of administrators and department heads to guide an equitable change process. The executive leadership team identifies issues, refines focus, and develops long-term strategies that builds on existing strengths and opportunities. We provide coaching on leadership development, visioning and goal setting, cultivating strategic DEI mindsets, and best practices.

Together we explore the question: Why is equity an organizational imperative? By creating relational workshop experiences, our coaching model gets right to the heart of developing foundational communication skills and building trusting relationships. We prepare your team to cast your vision to your community.  

The ELT builds momentum for change through a precise and reliable method, cultivates relational networks to support individual and organizational transformation; establishes cross-organizational feedback loops; and develops tools and strategies to design and implement equitable change.

We recommend a series of coaching sessions with two iChange consultants. (60-minute sessions)

 

 

Coaching for Core Specialty Teams

iChange consultants collaborate with core specialty teams to develop equity leadership throughout the school. Specialty teams include academic departments, grade level leaders, curriculum development committees, student advisors, racial equity task forces, and parent leaders. These teams form cohesive partnerships to advance equity within their spheres of influence and areas of professional expertise.

Core teams learn a collaborative communication model to identify and build on existing strengths; guide the design of programs and curriculum through a racial equity lens; and address the racial identity development needs of each student.

We recommend a series of coaching sessions with two iChange consultants. (60-minute sessions)

 

 

Coaching for Professional Growth and Leadership

iChange consultants provide guidance to individual educators seeking to develop communication skills, mindsets, frameworks, and best practices foundational to racial equity teaching and learning.

Educators learn why acquiring a racial equity lens is an educational imperative; how racial identity impacts teaching and learning; and inclusive communication skills that enhance relationships with students, colleagues, and parents.

We recommend a series of coaching sessions with one or two iChange consultants depending on an individual’s goals and needs. (60-minute sessions)

 

 

Restoring Independent School Sprit

This series of four 90-minute sessions for school leaders, diversity and inclusion officers, alumni relations officers, and board members focuses on how school communities can restore the school spirit of Black students in independent schools. We explore how leveraging the school spirit, commitment, and experience of Black alumni can create transformative institutional change. 

iChange consultants guide school leaders in assessing Black alumni roles and relationships to build on strengths; healing and connecting in high-trust relationships; providing forums that transform pain into power; and implementing inclusive programming based on alumni feedback. 

 

FACULTY AND STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

 

Let’s Get Real about Race

Six 90-minute virtual modules per year over three school years

Conversation is the revolutionary way of learning, and these virtual workshops introduce topics through an equitable conversation model that explores teaching and learning about identity through the Transformational Inquiry Method.

This multi-year series is based on co-founders Martha Caldwell and Oman Frame’s book, Let’s Get Real: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender Identities in the Classroom (Routledge 2016, second edition 2021). Participants explore how race shapes their experiences, how they were socialized about race, and how dominant culture norms impact every aspect of our daily lives.

First year modules introduce the racial equity imperative, ground educators in equitable communication skills, and provide guidance on topics such as disrupting bias, addressing problematic situations, and cultivating leadership for educational change.

Second year modules feature topics such as storytelling for change making, interrupting microaggressions, managing conflict and power dynamics, building trust in relationships across differences, and the role of affinity groups in racial identity transformation.

Third year modules focus on a deeper dive into frameworks for creating curriculum that includes diverse cultural representations and builds racial identity strength.

Each module introduces key terms, builds skills for equitable conversations, establishes historical context for current racial issues, and identifies best practices for individual and organizational transformation. Participants acquire understanding of the often-invisible impact of dominant and marginalized identities on personal, professional, and systemic levels. The program sharpens equity focus, cultivates strategic mindsets, and lays the groundwork for transformational change. Participants learn how to build the strategic alliances and collaborative networks necessary for ongoing, sustainable change.

 Educators learn how to:

·  Build collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, and parents.

·  Leverage patterns of racialized experiences to create dynamic learning experiences.

·  Strengthen and empower students’ racial identities.

·  Facilitate meaningful and productive conversations about racial identity experiences.

·  Inspire passion and purpose for racial equity education and leadership.

We provide planning and debrief sessions with leadership to customize each workshop to address specific needs in your faculty and staff.

 

 

Interim Peer Work Groups

Five 1-hour virtual meetings (participant facilitated)

Let’s Get Real about Race participants meet in work groups (4-6 members) between modules to maintain focus and practice equitable conversations skills. Theses groups work together to surface unconscious biases and/or support identity empowerment. 

Interim peer groups provide educators with opportunities to practice the equitable communication skillset introduced in the workshops; cultivate the high-trust collegial relationships foundational to transformative change; and work collaboratively to generate ideas, resources, and strategies for innovative program design.

 

 

COMMUNITY-BUILDING EVENTS

 

Conversations with Parents about Race

90-minute virtual events

Parents of color in our schools are often having very different conversations about race in their homes than white parents are. Through these forums, we bring parents together to explore the role parents can play in cultivating greater understanding about the experience of race in the lives of children.

By focusing on the love parents share for their children, these conversations creates a unified field in which parents can explore similarities and differences in racial experience and work together to build an inclusive, identity-safe community for their children.

 

 

Community Conversations about Race

2-hour virtual events

Conversations about race engage, educate and empower individuals and their communities. Parents, faculty, staff, board members, and the wider school community are invited to participate in conversations that explore how race impacts their lives and how they can work together to build trusting alliances to advance racial inclusivity. Community Conversations about Race elevate understanding and cultivate relationships both within and across differences in racial groups. These conversations stimulate interest and motivate action for change in a variety of spheres.

 

VIRTUAL COURSES AND iCHANGE COMMUNITIES

 

Talking about Race in Schools

Four 90-minute virtual sessions over four months; Four online training modules

Racial identity affects learning, and teachers need to nurture their students’ emerging identities and create identity-safe classrooms. Teachers learn to strengthen students’ racial identities, cultivate their inherent intelligence, and affirm the gifts of their heritage. This course shifts the narrative about race in schools. (Learn more)

 

 

Educators of Color Affinity Group

Six 1-hour virtual meetings over 6-8 months

This group supports and connects educators of color with a passion for racial justice. The relationships formed in this group help sustain the work teachers of color are called to do. (Learn more)

 

 

Race Conscious White Educators Affinity Group

Six 1-hour virtual meetings over 6-8 months

Self-reflection empowers white educators to better advocate for our students of color and guide all students toward healthy racial identity development. This group raises white educators’ consciousness of their own racial identities as they explore what it means to be white. (Learn more)

 

 

Race Institute for Educators

iChange Collaborative’s annual summer institute for educators addresses topics rarely discussed but utterly compelling in their capacity to bring forth healing and transformational change. This summer, we offer three days (12 hours) of virtual instruction and activities for educators seeking innovative approaches to advancing racial equity and inclusion in their classrooms and schools. 

The program features key concepts, interactive learning experiences, student and parent panels, expert speakers, and affinity group experiences. The guiding question is “How can we create high-trust relationships across difference to advance the cause of racial equity in our classrooms and schools?”

Join us on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 4:00 pm  – 7:00 pm; Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; and Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

Gender and Sexuality Institute for Educators

The experience of gender is a fundamental aspect of how we see the world. Young people need to incorporate characteristics from all along the spectrum to develop healthy identities, and they need competent teachers to guide the way! In the Gender and Sexuality Institute for Educators, we  explore the impact of gendered experiences in childhood and beyond. We investigate the dynamics of cisgender identity development, LGBTQ issues, and how educators can help students  navigate this sensitive terrain.

Educators learn to nurture and strengthen healthy identity development; 
create identity-safe classrooms and inclusive school communities; counteract bias and harmful stereotypes; and cultivate supportive ally relationships among students.

The Gender and Sexuality Institute for Educators provides a supportive professional community for ongoing growth and development. (Learn more)

 

 

Facilitation Training for Educators

Four 2-hour virtual modules

This course is open to educators who have completed either Let’s Get Real about Race, Talking about Race in Schools, or the Summer Diversity Institute for Educators. The program is based on our upcoming book, Talking about Race in the Classroom (Routledge 2021), which outline facilitation methods for educators. The training includes four 2-hour virtual training modules, assigned readings, a workbook, and opportunities to shadow and assist iChange facilitators.

 

 

For information and pricing, contact martha@ichangecollaborative.com or call 404-585-8552.

 

Dynamic Dialogues

iChange Collaborative’s highly engaging method scaffolds self-reflection, social interaction, cognitive-based learning and real world action to:

Establish identity-safe classrooms

Build relationships across difference

Leverage cultural differences to inspire achievement

Strengthen student identities to inspire ethical leadership

Create a dynamic school culture

 

 

Oman, Martha, Eddy, José, and Danielle, you are remarkable! I look forward to the lasting relationships we will develop as we change the world with the students we teach.

 
iChange Institute attendee
 
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