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#NNLS DEIJ 2

DEI(B)J Level II: Our Journey Toward Well-Being; Committing Ourselves to Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Social Justice in International Schools

Six interconnected sessions continuing to build the knowledge, skills, and agency needed to construct authentic and sustainable culture and systems of DEI(B)J

WITH ALYSA PERRERAS, DARNELL FINE & JENNIFER BECKWITH

Further develop your understanding of the necessity of intentional DEI(B)J work focusing on well-being within the international school community. Use collective reflection, dialogue, action planning, and resources to sharpen your skills in engaging all school stakeholders, and in developing the necessary structures to ensure the dignity and complete humanity of all school community members.


STRAND

STRANDS: DEIJ • Deep Learning • New Pedagogies • Wellness / SEL

DATE

SEP 14, 2022 - FEB 15, 2023

CERTIFICATE

CERTIFICATE OFFERING

ELIGIBILITY

OPEN TO ALL SCHOOLS

COST

PER SCH REG FEE

AUDIENCE

FOR SCHOOL TEAMS

EVENT TYPE

ONLINE


ABOUT THE COURSE

This course will allow participants to gather a data-based perspective on where their community is in relation to antiracism, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. Facilitators will dedicate time to surfacing and naming specific concerns for the region while exploring tools and resources to engage with the complexities of this work without ever losing sight of dignity and humanity for all as the ultimate goal. Throughout the series, participants will explore how antiracism, inclusion, belonging, and justice are required lenses for all students to experience social-emotional well-being.

Participants will be given resources to engage between sessions to encourage the application of learning and, ultimately, systems building for their specific communities in relation to DEI(B)J. Building on continued conversations from Series One around the urgency and value of this work in our schools, this series develops participant understanding of the necessary elements to nurture and sustain complex change. Together, we will examine critical systems and structures required for DEI(B)J and resources to support the development of said systems and structures.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

      • Deepen DEI(B)J knowledge and skills through the lens of well-being
      • Engage in constructive conversations around the systems necessary for authentic DEI(B)J
      • Develop an action plan to develop and sustain school-specific systems related to DEI(B)J
      • Develop knowledge around the inextricable relationship between DEI(B)J and well being
      • Co-curate resources supporting DEI(B)J

AUDIENCE

This course is designed for school teams of up to 20 members (minimum team member requirement: 2), including Heads of School, Board Trustees and other senior administrators, as well as educators.

It is for schools wishing to build the intent and will for examining DEIJ and for advancing the work of anti-racism, equity, inclusion, belonging and social justice in international schools. Cross-team participation, including that of school leadership, is encouraged.

PREREQUISITES

Participants must have completed the Level I NNLS DEI(B)J Course.

New participants will have the opportunity to take the Level I course asynchronously (we recommend over the summer) in order to be eligible for the Level II course. In addition, they will be expected to:

  • Master key concepts and terms covered in the Level I Course; e.g. implicit bias, anti-black racism, equity vs equality, inclusion, justice
  • Attend an additional Onboarding Session on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

PARTICIPATION

We believe in the power of inquiry and shared ownership of knowledge. This course is not about getting it “right,” but accepting there are many ways to get to the same goal and being open to diverse outcomes. This requires collective participation and not letting mistakes deter you from engaging in the learning process.

Cross-team participation is paramount in order for teams to move forward and implement their learnings back at school. Attendance of school administrators (heads of school, principals, curriculum directors) as well as trustees/board members will signal the school's commitment to DEIJ and will encourage buy-in from the entire school community.

The camaraderie among team members will foster mutual support and collaboration, cultivating a nucleus of people with whom they can share the journey.

SCHEDULE


The course platform will open for individual orientation on Wednesday, September 14, a week before coursework begins.

There will be six modules, each with a live Zoom session to attend on the following dates:

Wednesdays, 3:00pm GMT+3/GMT+2 (Athens, Greece time)

  • September 21, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • November 16, 2022
  • December 7, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023

Plus, an onboarding session for participants who did not attend the Level I course, on:

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 3:00pm GMT+3

Each session will be 1 hour followed by an optional 30-minute Q&A.

Participants will be assigned asynchronous coursework in the form of readings, viewings, portfolio entries, and activities throughout the series, requiring approximately 2 hours per module to complete.


Alysa Perreras

BELONGING, JUSTICE & ANTI-RACISM RESEARCHER & CONSULTANT

Alysa Perreras is an Inclusion, Belonging, and Antiracist Researcher and Consultant  in Bogota, Colombia. She additionally works as the Inclusion Manager for Netflix, Latin America, supporting inclusion strategy for the four Netflix offices based in Latin America. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Education for Social Justice at the University of San Diego. Alysa’s consultation work includes strategic planning, systems building, adult professional learning, and curriculum design, all through an anti-bias, antiracist and justice centered lens.

She has provided consulting services and in-depth professional learning with various international and independent schools and has presented on the work of equitable, liberated learning communities at various conferences around the globe. She combines her own lived experiences as a biracial, multicultural woman, and the intentional study of practitioners of abolition and liberation who have come before her, to bring an intersectional lens into all that she does. 


Darnell Fine

CONSULTANT / INSTRUCTIONAL COACH / DEI PLANNING TEAM CHAIR, SINGAPORE AMERICAN SCHOOL

Dr. Darnell Fine is a middle school deputy principal in Singapore. He is also an experienced facilitator of adult learning, focusing on curriculum, assessment, and culturally responsive teaching. He has provided hundreds of workshops and keynote presentations for numerous conferences and educational institutions throughout the United States as well as Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.  In addition to facilitation, he’s served as a curriculum consultant, reviewing manuscripts and curricula for publishing companies, arts organizations, and universities. Darnell is a 2012 recipient of the Learning for Justice Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching and was named a 2021 Emerging Leader by ASCD. After earning his Bachelor’s in Africana Studies and Education at Brown University, Darnell obtained his Teacher Support Specialist Endorsement through Georgia State University and his Master’s in Creative Writing in London. Dr. Fine holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.


Jennifer Beckwith

FOUNDING MEMBER, THE DIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE

Dr. Jennifer Beckwith has been an International Educator for over 35 years with K-12 experiences spanning nine countries from Europe to the Middle East. As a Principal, Superintendent and after nine years as the Founding Director of the American United School in Kuwait she recently returned to the US where she continues to provide educational consultant services in planning and committing to the realization that equity work is key to the well-being of the entire school community. Her work with School Heads, Boards, Educators and Parents is accomplished by setting the conditions that encourage and inspire others to lead equity work while intentionally creating opportunities for new learning that can change attitudes and mindsets regarding equity challenges. These Strategic-Reimagining Planning trainings are centered on Equity leadership with a focus on systemic change and community partnering. Dr. Beckwith has served as a member of the AAIE Board of Trustees, is a Middle States Association Commissioner, serves as a Chair/Co-Chair for accreditation visits, and is a Founding Member of the Diversity Collaborative. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with College Teaching from GPC of Vanderbilt University and is an adjunct professor for several universities working with student teachers, and aspiring leaders. She has indicated how fortunate she feels to return for a second year to work with the team at NESA and the schools within the region through the NNLS format.


Registration Fees

Per-team pricing:

  • NESA Member & Affiliate School Teams up to 14: US$2000/school
  • Non-Member School Teams up to 14: US$2500/school
  • Large Teams (15-20): + US$500/school

Asynchronous access to Level I Course and Onboarding Session for first-time participants:

  • For up to 3 participants: $150
  • For 4-8 participants: $250
  • For 9 or more participants: $300

Please review the Cancellation Notice before registering.