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South Lake High School Professional Development

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Media Center
7:30am - 8:10am: FULL and YUMMY Breakfast provided for ALL staff
8:15am - 10:00am: Teacher to Teacher Learning and Sharing
Title: Effective Strategies for Engaging African American Male Students
Objectives of Session:
1. Engage in activities that allow teachers to partake in honest
and reflective conversations concerning perceptions and
ideas about race and how it impacts student-teacher
relationships, professional practice and the classroom
environment.
2. Teachers will gain an understanding of the power of awareness in
student-teacher relationships, professional practice and
classroom environment.
3. Teachers will actively participate in activities that allow for
collaboration and community building.
Hint: This session does count for 1st quarter teacher self-reflective activities on the
fidelity chart. Teachers are expected to participate in a self-reflective activity,
minimum 1x/quarter
Teacher to teacher learning is a powerful model for teacher development and
growth. Please know that the opportunity for ALL teachers to plan and lead
professional development exists in this building. In addition, if you have other ideas
to improve our school community, make it happen! If you want to partake in
professional growth opportunities beyond your classroom in our school, please ask
for suggestions or offer suggestions.

10:00am - 11:45am: "Catch Up" Time and Lunch (maximum of 40


minutes)
11:50am - 1:00pm: Whole Staff NCA Work in the Media Center
1:15pm - 3:15pm: Department Collaboration

Working Agenda
Power Point Created

8:15am 8:25am
Review and Discuss:
Objectives for Session:
1. Engage in activities that allow teachers to partake in honest and
reflective conversations concerning perceptions and ideas about
race and how it impacts student-teacher relationships,
professional practice and the classroom environment.
2. Teachers will gain an understanding of the power of awareness in
student-teacher relationships, professional practice and
classroom environment.
3. Teachers will actively participate in activities that allow for
collaboration and community building.
Norms for Session:
During this presentation, we humbly ask that you
1. Be mindful that you are already doing GREAT things in your work
with students.
2. FOCUS and REFLECT on YOUR PRACTICE!!
3. Commit to the Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations:
a. Stay engaged
b. Speak your truthwith thought, respect & sensitivity!!!
c. Experience discomfort
d. Expect and accept non-closure
Personal experiences and reflections with Oakland Schools PD

8:25am 8:35am

(Becky)

Do NOT Feel Guilt. Be AWARE


1. Think, Pair, Share: What does white privilege mean to you?
2. Show White Privilege Video
3. Think, Pair, Share: How did your definition of white privilege
change?

8:35am 8:45am (Tim)


What do you know about OUR AAMs?
Activity: Crossing the Line
1. Do you think our AAMs listen to rap?
2. Do you think our AAMs like basketball?
3. Do you think Flaming Hot Cheetos is a food group?
4. Do you think our AAMs are reading at grade level?
5. Do your AAM feel feared outside of school?
6. Do you think your AAMs feel hopeful?
7. Do you believe our AAMs feel comfortable asking for help at
school?
8. Do you think most of your AAMs are hungry when not in school?
9. Do you think our AAMs fear death?
10.
Do you think our AAMs come from single parent homes?
11.
Do you think our AAMs live in chaotic home environments?
12.
Do our AAMs put on a front in regards to being tough?
13.
Do YOU feel equipped to address the needs of AAMs?

8:45am 8:55am (Angela)


OUR AAMs Voices?
Activity: Poem and Think, Pair, Share
Read Poem
1. Do you think our AAMs feel this way?

2. From what you think you know, what can our AAMs identify with
in this poem?

9:00am 9:30am (Becky)


Viewing OUR Student Voices
Activity: Chalk Talk
Step #1a: Chalk Talk with student open response questions (#13, 15,
16, 18, 19, 20)
Step #1b: Decide themes and generalized statements when return
home
Step #2: Share out

9:30am 10:00am
OUR Perceptions vs Student Realities (Closed Questions)
Activity: Small Group
1. Individual Review and Reflection of Teacher and Student
Compare and Contrast
2. Group Discussion
3. Facilitator share experience and take aways from conversation
with selected black male. DO NOT SHARE NAME OF STUDENT.
Volunteer Next Steps for Teachers:
1. Make the PURPOSEFUL effort to get to know black males on a
personal level one on one conversation (the interview questions
are provided)
2. Share experience and reflection in google doc NO NAMES
needed

Materials Provided for Session by CK:


Cold Call Cards
Poem
Teacher Survey Results (open ended questions)
Student Survey Results (open ended questions)

Compare/Contrast Student-Teacher Survey Results (closed


questions)
Teacher-Students Discussion/Conversation Questions
Power Point with Objectives, Norms, CNN Video