Kickboard Professional Services

Changing the Discourse in Schools

Audience

Teachers and Leadership Team 

Overview

Creating schools that transform, rather than reproduce outcomes based on race

“Schools are a major part of society’s institutional processes for maintaining a relatively stable system of inequality.  They contribute to these results by active acceptance and utilization of a dominant set of values, norms and beliefs, which, while appearing to offer opportunities to all, actually support the success of a privileged minority and hinder the efforts and visions of a majority.” — Eugene Eubanks, Ralph Parish, and Dianne Smith

Schools either reproduce, or transform the societal realities of race and racism. This course is meant to help schools to develop an intentional path forward towards developing a school culture that embraces culturally responsive practices. Most importantly, this course helps to build in teachers and leaders a critical understanding of how race and racism undermine the educational pursuits of their students. Once we have identified the problem, we can begin working together to find the concrete solutions that are best for the students, families, and communities we serve.

Challenges Addressed

  • Discipline systems that push kids out of the learning environment
  • School culture systems that unintentionally promote dominant narratives around race
  • Microaggressions and stereotype threats that undermine student learning
  • Lack of racial pride and self-esteem in students of color

Program Outcomes

  • To provide participants with a shared vocabulary on common and important terms dealing with race and anti-racism
  • To provide participants with a framework to affirm the culture and identity of the students that they serve
  • To develop a lens of how systemic racism has functioned historically, and functions presently in order to create a plan of how we address its realities in our schools
  • To begin thinking about school-wide systems that seek to transform, rather than reproduce outcomes around race
  • To begin the process of building an multi-ethnic, inclusive, and anti-racist organization

Format

Two 1-Hour Planning Meetings (Virtual) + 
Full-Day (6 hrs) in-person collaborative session with rotating teacher groups throughout the day

Kickboard has made a huge difference. We reduced disciplines by 44% in just 18 weeks. If I go to another campus and come back to ours, I can see and hear the difference. It’s so positive here and that’s changing the culture of our school. This not only improves students’ behavior but it improves their academic performance as well.
— KASIE JACKSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - DALLAS ISD
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