Kickboard Professional Services

Creating and Cultivating a Diverse and Inclusive Staff

Audience

Teachers and Leadership Team

Overview

A recent study conducted by New York University scholar, Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng, denotes that students learn better from a diverse sampling of teachers. His research goes on to suggest that students of all races learn better when they have access to teachers of color. Hiring a diverse staff is just one step in the equation. Cultivating a diverse staff that works together across differences and regularly has critical conversations about race and equity takes work. The goal of this workshop is to invest schools in the power of developing positive staff culture around race, and the benefits that this provides for the students that they serve.

Challenges Addressed

  • Fears that arise when thinking about having important conversations about race with co-workers
  • Passive diversity - Diversity on staff that doesn’t lead to collaboration
  • Lack of institutional support for staff members of color
  • Low retention of staff members of color

Program Outcomes

  • Develop a deeper understanding of how race impacts our interactions with one another as well as with our students.
  • Begin the process of building a multi-ethnic, inclusive and anti-racist organization.
  • Begin developing the tools to have crucial conversations about race across racial difference
  • Examine their biases, and how they might impede upon the creation of meaningful relationships with co-workers or students.
  • Train staff and students on how systems of oppression impact learning, and life trajectory and how to apply this understanding to interrupting that cycle.

Format

Four 1-Hour Planning Meetings (Virtual) + 
Full-Day (6 hrs) in-person collaborative sessions

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