Consider some of our teacher trainings
Our methods of service include on-site staff and administration training and a parent institute. Our ideal methodology for our Cultural Encounters Program™ is to provide a full service continuum that addresses all stakeholders in the environment.
Teachers, staff and administrators will participate in a series of professional development sessions designed to increase and build their cultural competence. Teachers will experience three-parts of the Cultural Encounters Program.
Format: Day-long training or series during regurlarly scheduled meetings
Options: A La Carte or Full Series
Title: Tiny Choices X-treme Outcomes for Teachers: Nasser Jones will speak about the consequences of the tiny choices he made as a teenager and young adult that landed him in Juvenile Hall, Teenage Father, and on the track to destruction. He will address the impact of the positive choices he made, and how one can turn their life around. He will speak about the value of one taking positive action in the life of a young person, and how this can create a compelling future that will attract opportunities and success.
Nasser will share with the audience the commitment and sacrifice he and his wife have made to ensure success in the lives of their children by being stay-at-home parents. While not every family can do this, he and his wife committed that they would work towards being in a position to be involved parents in every way. He will share the challenges he and his wife faced with having two children with special needs and how to skillfully advocate on their behalf, while creating win-win partnerships with teachers and administrators. He will emphasize the importance of advocating for your own children, but how he and his wife have dedicated their lives to advocating for children of others as well.
Nasser will also share with the audience a touching story, about one of his sons with a debilitating nerve condition (video – – > http://goo.gl/Olt5j), and the challenges it places on a family. He will highlight the level of perseverance needed to advocate for one’s child to ensure he/she has what they need in an academic environment.
Highlight 1: Nasser will break through wood boards to demonstrate the power of “breaking – through” and overcoming the tough circumstances of life to create awesome students that will succeed.
Highlight 2: Nasser will speak about the internal flame that propels us towards success! He will challenge the audience to consider doing more of what is working, and changing what is not. He will the power of overcoming one’s fears through a fire-eating demonstration.
Teachers, staff and administrators will participate in a series of professional development sessions designed to increase and build their cultural competence.
Teachers will experience three-parts of the Cultural Encounters Program™:
Part I: Cultural Competency 101
In addition to a brief overview of the Core 6™ (see – - > Our Vision) which is based on helping individuals develop a holistic approach to life, education, and purpose, all staff will engage in an interactive session to establish a basic understanding of culture and what it takes to affirm diverse students, their families, and staff in an educational environment. Furthermore, this session will serve as an avenue to begin building trust between facilitators and staff in order to develop a meaningful and long standing relationship.
Part II: Cultural Competency 102
Staff will engage in an interactive session that will place their daily experiences at the center of the training. They will learn 1) what works and what does not work in communication across cultural differences and 2) how identity development and cultural competence impact their effort to increase student learning. Finally, they will engage in role-play and discussion.
Part III: Beyond Cultural Encounters
Staff will view film clips that will illustrate how we communicate to others in our daily interactions and how our biases are demonstrated in our behaviors. Participants will engage in small group work and discussion in order to determine concrete strategies for changing behaviors that might be minimizing and increase behaviors that are affirming.