As a district, we must continue to have courageous conversations and closely examine our practices around race and equity. Decisions we make should be through the lens of recognizing bias, eliminating systemic inequities while increasing inclusion for all students. Our Strategic Plan is committed to the principles of: Collaboration, Compassion, Embracing Diversity, Innovation, Integrity, and Perseverance. Many of these guiding principles are a point of focus within a culturally responsive school district. The District continues to align our efforts through the work of the diversity planning committee, while using our strategic plan as a guide. Sustained professional development is fundamental to ensuring our staff have the tools and resources to continue this important work. With that in mind, the District, in collaboration with the Michigan Office of Civil Rights and Wayne RESA are excited to provide GP staff members (virtual) professional development on Implicit Bias this summer.
On July 16, 2020 and July 30, 2020 there will be morning and afternoon professional development sessions offered. The AM sessions will run from 9 am to noon and the PM sessions will run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This training is voluntary; after the training session the hours will be added to your Kalpa profile. Please note, each session has a cap of 50 participants.
Alfredo Hernandez and Anthony Lewis from the Michigan Office of Civil Rights will collaborate with Ginni Winters from Wayne RESA to facilitate a three hour implicit bias professional development session for staff.