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℠. These can be tailored to meet your needs.
We partner with districts and the University of Iowa to offer licensure renewal credit for teachers and administrators.
Our courses can be scheduled in several locations across Iowa. We are available to deliver courses in individual school districts with a minimum of 24 participants. We provide discounts to schools or districts sending four or more participants through an Institute.
The Summer Institutes may be provided in-person or online via Zoom, using Canvas and Google Drive.
The line-up of Institutes below is subject to change based on demand and the nature of our collective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Email Circe Stumbo at circe @ westwinded. com if you would like to be alerted to updates.
Administrators and Teacher Leaders: “Building Systemic Equity Leadership”
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.
Offered for 6 hours per day over five days and resulting in 2 license renewal credits.
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.
Offered for 3 hours per day over 5 days and resulting in 1 license renewal credit.
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. Iowa has experienced a 250% increase in the number of students who are identified as English language learners in the past 20 years; many districts have 10%, 20%, as many as 42% of their students identified as English learners. Participants will identify and develop culturally and linguistically responsive teaching practices and teams will develop plans for supporting one another and their students over time.
Offered for 3 hours per day for five days resulting in 1 license renewal credit.
For more information about the Summer Institutes, contact Circe Stumbo at circe @ westwinded. com.