WORKSHOPS

Racial Literacy Workshops

Pollyanna offers a range of presentations and workshops that are designed to help schools, organizations, and corporations engage with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and enhance racial literacy knowledge and equity practices. These may be delivered live or over video conferences, to small or large groups.

All of our workshops are customizable and can be standalone or part of a series. If you or your community are interested in a topic that is not listed, we are happy to discuss more professional development options with you and create one specifically for your community.

Parent & Guardian Workshops

  • How to (Further) Engage Our Children in Conversations About Race and Racism: Connecting the Classroom to Home: It is crucial that we help bridge conversations of race and racism from school to home and vice versa. In this workshop, we highlight key themes, objectives, and resources from Pollyanna’s Racial Literacy to bridge the conversation with parents and guardians. We will also review topics of discussion parents and guardians may have with their children to further engage in conversations about race and racism.
  • Racial Literacy 101: In this workshop, we review key concepts and common vocabulary to develop one’s racial literacy, such as the emergence of race; what is meant by “systemic racism;” as well as the definition and impact of concepts like microaggressions, implicit bias, and ally vs accomplice and/or co-conspirator.
  • Building and Sustaining an Anti-Racist School Community: An introductory workshop to thoughts, practices, and ideas that can unite your school’s family community in the work of antiracism and equity. This workshop poses specific roles for families to play in this work. The workshop uses authentic examples from school communities to build the learning experience.
  • Making an Antiracist Home: How can our homes mirror and promote antiracist values and practices? Participants will consider how their home and family spaces form the foundations for racial justice and equity in their larger schools communities.
  • Racism, the Brain, and Learning: This workshop focuses on the intersection between racism, neuroscience and the power of everyday actions in a school environment. Participants consider the physiological implications of racism for students and learn ways to address and disrupt toxic racial stress.
  • Friendship, Connection, and Racial Justice: Our communities strive to support families and students to form, navigate and sustain multiracial relationships in a segregated society. This workshop explores challenges, benefits, and strategies for maintaining positive relationships in diverse spaces

Athletics Department Workshops

  • Defining and Understanding the Impact of Implicit Bias for Athletes: This workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of implicit bias and how our brains are wired to create mental shortcuts that have mostly positive impacts on our lives. Participants will also learn about biases with negative impact that are reinforced unconsciously through literature, popular media, and other messages we receive. Participants will learn the language and tools needed to examine their own biases, consider how bias shows up in school and athletic programs, and learn proven strategies to reduce the impact of bias on our decision-making.
  • Impact of Implicit Bias on Athletics: The Locker Room, the Practice Field, and Gametime: Implicit bias has a significant impact on school culture and climate, including the athletic program. Left unchecked, implicit bias can leave adults and students feeling unwelcome, excluded, misunderstood, and marginalized. In this workshop, participants will learn how implicit bias leads to microaggressions. Participants will learn what microaggressions are, how they show up in schools and athletics, and what they can do to interrupt microaggressions in order to create a more welcoming and inclusive school climate.
  • Scenarios and Strategies for Addressing Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in Sports: This workshop will build on the previous conversation about microaggressions by creating opportunities for participants to practice how they might respond when witnessing a microaggression at school or on a team. Participants will be presented with scenarios describing common microaggressions that occur in athletics and practice how to respond in thoughtful and compassionate ways. Participants will learn about the most effective strategies to interrupt microaggressions, work together in small groups to practice those strategies, and receive feedback on their approaches. Many educators and coaches find this scenario-based activity to be most valuable in reducing the impact of implicit bias in schools.

Faculty & Administration Workshops

  • Racial Literacy 101: In this workshop, we review key concepts and common vocabulary to develop one’s racial literacy, such as the emergence of race; what is meant by “systemic racism;” as well as the definition and impact of concepts like microaggressions, implicit bias, and ally vs accomplice and/or co-conspirator.
  • The Teacher’s Toolkit for Teaching About Race and Racism in the Classroom: A Grades K 8 Racial Literacy Curriculum Overview: This workshop will guide your community through a discussion of the framework, key ideas, and objectives of our Grades K-8 lessons, which are designed to help students gain knowledge about race and racism as it has been constructed in the United States. The Racial Literacy Curriculum supports students in acquiring an awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism.
  • Creating an Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist School Classroom: Microaggressions and Microaffirmations: Anti-bias and anti-racist policies, mindsets, and practices are key to creating safer spaces in schools and other organizations. In this workshop, we unpack the concept and continuum of microaggressions to better understand how unchecked forms of implicit bias can be quite harmful.
  • Why Has the Pandemic Disproportionately Impacted People of Color? An Informative Review of Systemic Racism, Its Impact, and Ways We May Create More Equity: The current pandemic has amplified the systemic nature of racism, as people of color and low-income communities have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. In this workshop, we will trace the emergence of racist policies in the United States, such as the limits placed on personhood, citizenship, immigration, housing, and other civil rights, as well as the importance of utilizing a lens of equity. By the end of the workshop, participants will better understand how systemic racism is the root of current inequities and uprisings,and how we can approach the topics of race and racism with an anti-racist, growth mindset.

Corporations & Organizations Workshops

  • Racial Literacy 101: In this workshop, we review key concepts and common vocabulary to develop one’s racial literacy, such as the emergence of race; what is meant by “systemic racism;” as well as the definition and impact of concepts like microaggressions, implicit bias, and ally vs accomplice and/or co-conspirator.
  • Creating an Anti-Bias & Anti-Racist Organization: Microaggressions and Microaffirmations: Anti-bias and anti-racist policies, mindsets, and practices are key to creating safer spaces in schools and other organizations. In this workshop, we unpack the concept and continuum of microaggressions to better understand how unchecked forms of implicit bias can be quite harmful.
  • Why Has the Pandemic Disproportionately Impacted People of Color? An Informative Review of Systemic Racism, Its Impact, and Ways We May Create More Equity: The current pandemic has amplified the systemic nature of racism, as people of color and low-income communities have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. In this workshop, we will trace the emergence of racist policies in the United States, such as the limits placed on personhood, citizenship, immigration, housing, and other civil rights, as well as the importance of utilizing a lens of equity. By the end of the workshop, participants will better understand how systemic racism is the root of current inequities and uprisings, and how we can approach the topics of race and racism with an anti-racist, growth mindset.
  • Ways to Build Community & Alliances — Personally and Professionally: In this workshop, we review best practices used by changemakers who devoted their life’s work to envisioning and creating a more antiracist and/or anti-bias society. Through this lens, we may identify best practices that we ourselves can begin to adopt to enhance our abilities as allies, accomplices, and co-conspirators in order to build stronger communities for our personal and professional lives.
  • Racism, the Brain, and Learning: This workshop focuses on the intersection between racism, neuroscience and the power of everyday actions in a school environment. Participants consider the physiological implications of racism for students and learn ways to address and disrupt toxic racial stress.
  • Through the Lens of the U.S. Census: The Historical and Social Construction of Race in the United States: From the first U.S. Census, race was “counted,” yet the categories have changed over time. To better understand the social, historical, political, and legal construction and impact of race, we review the shifting definitions of race in the U.S., and how such categories were not a simple, neutral method of “counting,” but a political mechanism.

Contact us to schedule a presentation, workshop or to learn more.

Contact us to learn more about
our Cross-Constituent Assessments
& Aspirational Action

Contact Us: info@pollyannainc.org