This seminar focuses on retaining teachers of color working in K-12 settings. The course explores pertinent issues in the lives of practicing teachers of color in order to foster a classroom community that empowers us in our shared struggle to succeed and thrive within our profession. Given the severe shortage of teachers of color in classrooms across the country and in the state of Minnesota, school districts emphasize recruitment while often overlooking the teachers of color already employed in their schools and classrooms. This course centralizes the specific needs of teachers of color working in predominantly white workplaces for the purposes of creating networks of support to prevent teacher attrition. Course topics include: improving pedagogical techniques related to discussing race in the classroom; defining and resisting racial microaggressions through counter storytelling; understanding systems of oppression to better navigate school structures; outlining the important tenets of critical race theory, culturally relevant pedagogy, and social justice education. Within a shared affinity space comprised entirely of people of color, we will take up these topics as a method for increasing our critical consciousness in a non-judgmental environment, where together, we can address the most pressing problems we face as educators of color.
Seminar Learning Goals
- Explore the intersections of cultural identity and teacher identity
- Investigate critical consciousness and critical pedagogy
- Develop leadership and advocacy skills
- Acquire tools for navigating the micro-politics of schools
- Practice strategies for maintaining a healthy work / life balance
- Improve the efficacy of their curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices
- Build an ongoing community of support with other educators of color
Educators of Color Seminar Details
Scholarships: The Augsburg Educators of Color seminar has been awarded a grant from the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board to support the retention of educators of color. We are proud to offer need-based scholarships for educators who want to join the seminar but lack the personal funds or school funds to attend the summer course.
The first twenty registered participants may qualify for a $500 grant to apply toward course tuition. This grant is for first-time participants, and will be available on a first-come, first served basis.
After consideration of need and availability of funds, an applicant statement expressing how the scholarship might be used to enhance professional development will be used to determine selection. The deadline for scholarship awards is May 1st for this year’s seminar. In order to qualify, please complete the short online scholarship form.
Cost: The seminar registration fee is $50 (if you qualify for the MN PELSB grant awarded to Augsburg) which includes: all materials and 3 Continuing Education Units (30 hours). If you do not qualify for the PELSB grant, the tuition for the seminar is $550.
Graduate Credit: You can elect to take the institute for three semester graduate credits for an additional $250. If you choose to take it for graduate credit, there will be additional work to complete between each class. You will also have a final assignment that is due at the end of the seminar.
Registration: Complete the Online Educators of Color Seminar Registration Form and choose your method of payment. Be sure to visit on our secured eCommerce site to complete your registration. You may pay online by credit card or electronic check. We will email an invoice to you within 2 business days of registering if you choose to pay by paper check.
Dates, Schedule, and Format: We’re excited to be offering this opportunity in-person this year on our Minneapolis campus. You will participate on 7 different Thursdays from May 12 – August 4 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm.
Meet the Instructors
Angelina Momanyi is a Black American teacher with six years of experience teaching in special education and English as a Second Language. She received her M.Ed from Hamline University. She currently works as the Language and Literacy Specialist at Lucy Laney Elementary in Minneapolis. Contact Angelina with questions about seminar content that will be covered.
Meng Yang is a Hmong American educator with eleven years experience teaching English. He earned his M.Ed. from Bethel University. Meng is a co-founder of the Anoka-Hennepin Teachers of Color Coalition. He currently teaches English and is the AVID Program Coordinator at Champlin Park HS. Contact Meng with questions about seminar content that will be covered.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address you used to register for the institute. Your $50 deposit is nonrefundable, but may be rolled forward as a credit for future workshops at the Director’s discretion. Any cancellation received within 10 days of the start of the seminar or during the seminar will result in a full forfeiture of all tuition and fees.
If insufficient enrollment or instructor illness requires us to reschedule a workshop, all registrants will be notified of any changes in the published information. If a workshop is cancelled, all registrants will be given the opportunity to receive a full refund.