William Paterson University is offering professional development workshops for its spring semester. Highlighted below are two of many workshops.

Cultural Sensitivity: Improving Cross-Culture Communication and Broaching Difficult Topic

Date: March 31, 9 a.m.-noon 

This workshop will review cultural commonalities among diverse populations and highlight key considerations for cross cultural communication. Participants will discuss various types of micro-aggressions and how to effectively repair them. Lastly, participants will discuss the importance of advocacy for new cultures in their school environment and how schools can become social justice advocates.                                                                                                               

Presenter: Dr. La Shauna Dean, Associate Professor, Dept. of Special Education & Counseling

To register for this and all other workshop listings expect the one below visit wpunj.edu.  Note that each course is listed twice on the registration form. If your district is in a professional development partnership with WPU, select the “PDS Schools Only” option. All others, select “Non-PDS Schools Only.”

African American History for Educators

Date: March 27, 8:30 a.m. to 3p.m. (Continental lunch included.)

Explore in breakout sessions critical periods of African American history, N.J. Content Standards and NAEP results. Participants will also discuss creating supportive learning environments, leading constructive conversations around challenging topics and incorporating local history into your classroom.

Presenters: Sankofa Collaborative

Registration: https://wpunj.qualtrics.com (Note that while this workshop is primarily for schools in a professional development relationship with WPU, interested members may email Nancy Norris-Bauer at norrisn@wpunj.edu for available seats for educators from Non-PDS Schools.)

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