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Vanessa Clark, Susan Payne, Aujalee Moore
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Engaging Equity Professional Learning Series

Engaging Equity Professional Learning Series

Overview

This professional learning series was developed in partnership by the Oregon Department of Education's Office of Education Innovation and Improvement and WestEd. The series is designed for participation in teams, PLCs, or other groups, and also available to individuals. Access the content through a public Canvas course, or import the modules into your organization's Canvas LMS.

Engaging Equity: Equitable Mindsets, Practices, and Systems

This professional learning series is being developed in partnership by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and WestEd.  

The Engaging Equity Professional Learning Series is made of 4 clusters with a total of 18 individual modules. For more details, view the full scope and sequence for the professional learning series. Each module should take 60-90 minutes for the learner to complete. As the additional clusters of modules (total of 4 clusters) are developed and released, they will be added to this page.

Cluster 1: Racial Equity Foundations

  • Module 1: Setting the stage to discuss equity
  • Module 2: Introduction to bias-based beliefs and reflecting on identity
  • Module 3: Digging deeper into identity and the impact of bias-based beliefs
  • Module 4: Challenging our beliefs and identifying intervention strategies to interrupt biases

Racial Equity Foundations, the first cluster of four modules within this professional learning series, was designed to help districts respond effectively to emerging needs of their school communities — while taking steps to mitigate some of the systemic disparities experienced by many students and families. Gaining skill in culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy and practice within instruction is all about meeting every student where they are — in their strengths and needs. Every student can benefit from these universal and targeted approaches.  

Cluster 2: Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practice

  • Module 1: Prioritizing adult well-being for healthy schools and positive school climate
  • Module 2: The habits of culturally responsive and sustaining educators
  • Module 3: Co-Creating the conditions for culturally responsive and sustaining learning environments
  • Module 4: Culturally responsive and sustaining instructional strategies

Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Practice, the second cluster of four modules within this professional learning series designed to focus on strategies for creating culturally responsive and sustaining learning environments and experiences for students. Examine how adults’ social and emotional learning and well-being are fundamental to creating culturally responsive and sustaining learning environments. 

How to Access the Modules

ODE highly recommends that groups engage in this learning together as cohorts or Professional Learning Communities (PLC), with facilitation either from within their organization, or for Oregon School Districts, with professional facilitation from WestEd.

The content developed is open and available at no cost; however there may be some costs for participation, such as substitute costs for educators or extra-duty pay for extended day learning opportunities. 

There are two ways to access the modules at this time:

  • Access the modules through a publicly available Canvas course (each cluster title is linked in the preceding section)
    • Who this is good for: Individuals or groups that do not have their own instance of the Canvas LMS.
    • Benefits and limitations of this option:
      • Individuals or groups can learn together using the public version of this course through ODE's instance of Canvas.
      • Pacing is set by the users. 
      • No login required. 
      • Analytics are not available for districts or groups that wish to track participation or use the asynchronous learning time to offer PDUs.
      • Multi-user functions such as community wall with Padlet or Jamboard are not embedded.
  • Import the modules into your district or organization Canvas instance - Steps to Set Up the Modules in Canvas
    • Who this is good for: Districts or schools with access to a Canvas instance and that want to offer this learning series to individuals or groups in their organization.
    • Benefits and limitations of this option:
      • Individuals or groups can learn together using their own Canvas course.
      • Pacing is set by the users.
      • Login required.
      • Analytics are available for districts or groups that wish to track participation or use the asynchrnous learning time for PDUs.
      • Multi-user functions such as a shared community wall (Canvas discussion board, Padlet or Jamboard - see directions in the Facilitator's Guide) can be enabled for groups and used to foster more collaboration during asynchronous learning time. 

Information for Facilitators

This guide provides helpful information about how to engage your team or professional learning community in the modules, including information about facilitating the community wall discussion prompts. 

If you are an Oregon school or district that is interested in having professional facilitation of this series for your learning group, please contact ODE.EII@ode.oregon.gov