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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 8:30 AM EDT
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 12:30 PM EDT

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Challenging Racism 

Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead Summer 2020 


Dates:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 14 to 30, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.      

Total hours of training: 24

Location: Online

Admissions : June 20th  is the deadline after which any pending application decisions will be made. Applicants will be accepted until the group is full.  Cancellation of the program due to insufficient enrollment will occur no later than June 22, 2020.

Cost: $2,500. A deposit of $300 is required with the application. It will be returned in full if enrollment is insufficient.

Focus: Materials on race and systemic racism are the heart of the 5 days of facilitation skills practice. The training uses a rigorous rubric for the practice of facilitation of groups engaged in conversation on race, racism, equity. The foundation work is 2 days of Results Based Facilitation Training 101, a nationally recognized training.

Prerequisites: While the training builds on and uses materials from Challenging Racism’s core program, Challenging Racism: Learning How, previous participation in Learning How is not a prerequisite. Applicants need some comparable kinds of experience and knowledge in the content of Challenging Racism: Learning How, but not necessarily Learning How it self. For example, an applicant needs knowledge of and experience discussing issues of white privilege, fragility and assumptions of superiority, structural racism, microaggressions, and unconscious bias. Those accepted applicants who have not participated in Learning How will receive a set of readings that are foundational to Learning How for their study before the training.

Outcomes: The training prepares graduates of Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead to organize and facilitate informal, entry-level discussions on race, racism and privilege in their workspaces and communities, with their children and families. All participants receive a national RBF certification upon completion of the training.

For experienced facilitators, the training provides skills and practice designed to move the participant’s facilitation expertise to another level.

Payment plans are available. Please write to us about any financial questions.

Based on budget decisions to come over the next two months, the Arlington Public Schools may have a limited number of slots available for tuition scholarships for Arlington parents who are accepted into Learning to Lead. Such scholarships, if available,  are part of an APS parent training initiative in Race and Equity. Parents who are accepted into the training must apply to APS directly for financial support. If any aid is available, application information for APS parents would be provided with the notification of acceptance into the training.  

Challenging Racism is able to accept payments for professional development from Federal agencies and employers as well as from individuals. If you have questions please contact Pilar Afshar, Operations Coordinator  at pafshar@challengingracism.org

Group size: 8-10 maximum

Facilitators: Master Team Shari Benites / Tim Cotman

Ms. Benites is the Equity and Excellence Coordinator at Yorktown High School in the Arlington Public Schools and is also the Director of the Center for Leadership and Public Service at Yorktown.

Shari has co-facilitated Learning to Lead since the first session in 2016, and has also facilitated Challenging Racism: Learning How.

Mr. Cotman is the Coordinator of Equity and Excellence at Wakefield High School in APS, and former Teacher of the Year for APS. Tim was a co-facilitator for Learning How for five years.

Both facilitators have 15 years of facilitation experience, and a range of professional training in facilitation and conflict resolution.

What is included? All materials including a training notebook, readings, RBF materials and a facilitator handbook.