The Michigan Department of Education has launched cohort 2 of Phase 1 of The African American Student Initiative (TAASI). Schools are invited to participate in this 6-session professional learning opportunity that will focus on cultural proficiency and transformation.

Outcomes:

  • Increased human capital as it relates to equity for students, their families, and educators.
  • Increased social capital through the development of a learning community.
  • Increased decisional capital through the creation of an action plan for transformational change in the school community.
  • Increased staff cultural competence through pre- and post- surveys.
  • Increased trust through improved cross-cultural communication skills.

Details

  • Who: School level teams of three or four people (i.e., building leadership, teacher/teacher leader, counselor, nurse, parent/family liaison, etc.). Please note that superintendent support is required at time of application.
  • Cost: The six sessions are free to 2012, 2013, and 2014 named Title 1 Priority and Focus Schools.  There is a $20.00 per session/per person fee for unnamed or non-Title 1 Schools wishing to participate.

Locations and dates

When: All sessions are held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

East Michigan location: VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia

  • September 26: Overview of Initiative Expectations & OutcomesDiscussion, Debate, Dialogue Protocol
  • November 1: Understanding the Tools of Cultural ProficiencyGuiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency
  • November 28: The Cultural Proficiency Continuum
  • January 9: Essential Elements: Assess Your Culture, Value Diversity
  • February 13: Essential Elements: Manage the Dynamics of Difference, Adapt to Diversity
  • March 13: Essential Elements: Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge

West Michigan location: Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo

  • September 28: Overview of Initiative Expectations & OutcomesDiscussion, Debate, Dialogue Protocol
  • November 2: Understanding the Tools of Cultural ProficiencyGuiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency
  • November 30: The Cultural Proficiency Continuum
  • January 11: Essential Elements: Assess Your Culture, Value Diversity
  • February 15: Essential Elements: Manage the Dynamics of Difference, Adapt to Diversity
  • March 15: Essential Elements: Institutionalizing Cultural Knowledge

Click here to apply and register a school team.

For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Saunders via email or at (517) 241-9566 or Dr. Jill Griffin via email or at (517) 335-3604.