West Wind is pleased to offer a series of equity-focused courses and summer institutes designed for teachers, teacher leaders, principals and assistant principals, and central office staff to learn about race in the context of schooling and to deepen their Equity Agency℠.
Many of these Institutes offer licensure renewal credit for teachers and administrators through the University of Iowa. Others run for a shorter duration and are available for districts, schools, and individuals to select.
Our courses are scheduled in several locations across Iowa, but we also are available to deliver courses in individual school districts with a minimum of 24 participants. We also provide discounts to schools or districts sending four or more participants through an Institute.
If the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt public gatherings into the summer, the Summer Institutes will be provided online via Zoom and using Google Drive.
We have several scheduled courses and institutes, though this line-up is subject to change based on demand. Email Circe Stumbo at circe @ westwinded. com if you would like to be alerted to updates.
Administrators and Teacher Leaders: “Building Equity Agency”
This course will help participants develop the skill to lead racial equity work in their school district. The course will focus on growing Equity Agency℠, which we define as the ability to engage in equitable practices and to create equitable environments, and Systemic Equity Leadership, defined as the ability to lead, facilitate, and coach others to make changes that result in more equitable outcomes and experiences for all.
July 6-10 Iowa City
July 13-17 Des Moines
July 20-24 Sioux City or Peoria
July 27-31 Davenport
Aug 3-7 Waterloo (administrators)
Aug 10-14 Waterloo (Instructional Coaches)
Teachers and Teacher Leaders: “Growing Equity Agency and Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices”
This course will support teachers as they grow their Equity Agency℠, which we define as the ability to engage in equitable practices and to create equitable environments. Participants also will deepen their capacity to have conversations about race with other adults. Participants will identify and develop culturally responsive teaching practices and practice them in small groups. We are in the process of getting this course approved for licensure renewal credits.
July 6-10 Iowa City (3 hours per day)
July 13-17 Des Moines (3 hours per day)
July 20-24 Sioux City (3 hours per day)
July 27-31 Davenport (3 hours per day)
Teacher and Teacher Leaders: “Equity for Emergent Bilingual Students”
This course helps participants to better understand how to support Emergent Bilingual Students, otherwise known as English language learners, deserve our supports. We are in the process of getting this course approved for licensure renewal credits.
July 6-8, 2020 Iowa City
Understanding and Overcoming the Influence of Implicit Bias
This course helps participants to understand implicit bias as a set of cognitive process set in a historical context, to identify how implicit racial biases can play out in schooling, and to engage in strategies to overcome the influence of implicit bias. A beginning and an intermediate version of the course is offered during each block of time.
Summer 2020, to be scheduled if there is demand
For more information about the Summer Institutes, contact Circe Stumbo at circe @ westwinded. com.