IDEAS Fall Courses, Workshops & Seminars

Fall Courses 2021

IDEAS 1:  Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students

This course is designed to introduce educators to the complex issues raised by race and racism and their impact on student engagement and achievement.  This course will provide educators with an understanding of racial identity and the importance of building authentic student teacher relationships.  This course will also help educators increase their skills of cultural proficiency.

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Course Dates & Times: 10/16, 10/30, 11/13 & 11/20/21; 9:00 am – 3:15 pmCourse Dates & Times:     10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 & 11/18/21; 3:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Instructor(s):     Karen Thomsen & Edward WalkerInstructor(s):     Edward Byrne & Lateefah Franck

Location:  Online through Zoom

Cost:  $625 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 2 course slots)/$750 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 2 graduate credits for an additional fee of $150, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: September 22, 2021

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

IDEAS 2: Enacting Systemic Change in Educational Institutions

This 25-hour course is designed to build upon the foundational theories and complex issues studied in IDEAS 1: Anti-Racist School Practices to Support the Success of All Students.  Participants will study systemic change models and develop, enact, and evaluate a project to effect change in their educational setting, whether that setting is working with a small group of students, a classroom, a grade level, a school, or an entire district.  Successful completion of IDEAS 1 is a prerequisite for the course.

Course Dates & Times: 11/3, 11/17 & 12/15/21;  1/12, 2/16, 3/16, 4/13 & 5/11/22; 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Instructors: Lateefah Franck & Rebecca Smoler

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $625 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 2 course slots)/$750 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 2 graduate credits for an additional fee of $150, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: October 15, 2021

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Transforming Curriculum: Applying a Multicultural, Social Justice Lens

This course is designed for educators who wish to understand multicultural curriculum transformation using the model dThis course is designed for educators who wish to understand multicultural curriculum transformation using the model developed by James Banks and incorporating the Teaching Tolerance standards regarding identity, diversity, justice, and action. Participants will explore “challenging and changing the narrative” to include more multicultural perspectives, adapting pedagogy to be more culturally responsive, and challenging systemic racism and bias. Participants will then adapt/develop their own lesson/unit plan.

Course Dates & Times: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 & 11/10/21; 4:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Instructors: Claudia Fox Tree & Rebecca Smoler

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $312 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 2 course slots)/$375 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $75, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: September 22, 2021

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

IDEAS for School Administrators: Supporting Culturally Proficient Classrooms and Schools

This course is This 12.5-hour course is designed to help administrators understand the inner-workings of cultural proficiency, including examining the impact of racial microaggressions and stereotypes on learning, student engagement, and school culture. School leaders will learn strategies on how to apply these elements to supporting culturally proficient classrooms and school environments, as well as applying the course learning to schools at the institutional level. This class is open to administrators who are currently in a part-time or full-time administrative role.

Course Dates & Times: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 & 12/22/21; 4:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Instructors: Claudia Fox Tree & Katherine O’Hare Gibson

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $312 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slot)/$375 non-members

Graduate Credit: Participants may choose to apply for 1 graduate credit for an additional fee of $75, payable to Framingham State University.

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: November 3, 2021

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher

This seminar seeks to increase understanding of what it means to be a culturally responsive educator. Over the course of three sessions, we will explore aspects of culturally responsive education and culturally responsive pedagogy, thus laying the foundation for examining and understanding what it means to become a culturally responsive teacher.  Independently, and in small groups, participants will explore the personal, institutional, and instructional distinctions of culturally responsiveness, which enhances the ability to access the necessary knowledge to incorporate the desired skill(s) for culturally responsive teaching. 

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Course Dates & Times: 10/13, 10/20 & 10/27/21; 4:00pm – 6:00pmCourse Dates & Times: 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15/21; 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Instructor: Edward Walker

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $156 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slot)/$188 non-members

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: September 22, 2021 for Section A; November 3, 2021 for Section B

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Anti-Racist Decision Making Strategies for School Leaders

School leaders are faced with important decisions every day and how these decisions either perpetuate or interrupt systemic racism can often be missed by leaders at key decision points. This leads to interpersonal and organizational conflict, erosion of trust, and importantly, missed opportunities to advance anti-racism goals and objectives. Through case studies of school leaders wrestling with complex decisions and utilizing the latest frameworks in decision making research and practice, participants will leave with insights and practical tools to help them make better, anti-racist, decisions in their leadership roles. We’ll also discuss how other key factors such as communication tactics, stakeholder engagement, crisis management, and opportunity windows influence a leader’s decision making capabilities and possibilities.

Course Dates & Times: 10/18 & 10/25/21; 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Instructor: Edward Byrne

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $156 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slot)/$188 non-members

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: October 1, 2021

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Race, Racism and the Arts

The arts have a long history and unique position of addressing injustice in society. Still, like all organizations and disciplines, art, artists, and teaching-artists are not immune from perpetuating systemic racism. This seminar will look at examples of how racism operates in theatre, music, and visual arts–both the mediums as well as the industries or academic departments in which they operate. We’ll look at historic as well as contemporary examples of art interrupting as well as perpetuating racism in the U.S. through recordings, critiques, artifacts, and art itself. The seminar will also address the language we use around the arts and how it has been used to include or exclude and create hierarchies of worth or belonging. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how race and racism operate in the arts, specific examples of racism in theatre, music, and visual art that they can use in their teaching practice with different age groups/grade levels, practice speaking up and having discussions about race and racism in music, theatre, and art classrooms, and deepen their own consciousness about race and racism in their teaching and art-making practice. 

Course Dates & Times: 11/8 & 11/15/21; 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Instructor: Edward Byrne

Guest Instructor: David Jiles, Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music and adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre at Emerson College

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $156 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slot)/$188 non-members

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Deadline for Registration: October 15, 2021

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

Coming Soon ~ Winter/Spring 2022

Missed Opportunities for Intersectionality

February is Black History month. It’s a time to affirm and honor African-Americans who have shaped U.S. history. Indigenous Native Americans are a part of that history. There are many “Black Indians” who played a role in the diversity that defines this country’s legacy and there are also ways in which the two groups supported (and did not support) each other. In this workshop, we will facilitate a conversation about the Indigenous and Black experience. We will discuss how these two groups faced similar issues of discrimination, invisibility (lack of representation), incarceration, and police violence. We will also address missed opportunities for solidarity and why we need to stand together now.

Course Dates & Times: 1/8/22; 8:30am – 4:30pm

Instructors: Claudia Fox Tree & Mark Liddell

Location: Online through Zoom

Cost: $156 EDCO & IDEAS members (or 1 course slot)/$188 non-members

Registration: To registration, please complete this registration form and return to dmullaley@massupt.org. Please ensure that you have approval from your district before registering.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation notice must be received 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to be eligible for a refund.

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