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Supporting Inclusive and Diverse Educator Environments

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest is partnering with school districts across Minnesota to cultivate and sustain school culture and working conditions that increase the retention of teachers of color and Indigenous teachers. To achieve this goal, the Supporting Inclusive and Diverse Educator Environments (SIDEE) partnership will provide training to school leaders and staff on cultural proficiency, offer continuous leadership coaching on building an inclusive school culture and supporting teachers of color and Indigenous teachers, provide teacher peer support through affinity groups, and develop connections between teachers and mentors of the same racial/ethnic background.

REL Midwest will coordinate with state and district staff to cultivate and sustain working conditions and school cultures that increase the retention of Indigenous educators and educators of color. This work will focus on areas of cultural proficiency training identified through REL Midwest–facilitated needs assessments and co-design planning meetings with state, district, and school personnel. Support will entail schoolwide training, leadership coaching, mentor coaching for Indigenous mentors and mentors of color, and affinity groups for Indigenous educators and educators of color. Each of these components will also incorporate resources focused on topics elevated by the schools.
REL Midwest will examine the usability, feasibility, and acceptability of SIDEE’s four intervention components designed to improve school climate for Indigenous educators and educators of color. REL Midwest will conduct surveys and interviews with participants in up to four schools during 2 academic years, with the data collection and reporting sequenced throughout the school years to inform continuous improvement. The purpose of the study is to ensure the final intervention is aligned with the needs of Minnesota districts and schools and can support the state’s educator diversification goals.

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Supporting Inclusive and Diverse Educator Environments (SIDEE) Partnership Cultural Proficiency Training
Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Central Location: Virtual Description: School leaders, teacher leaders, teachers, and mentors will participate in a series of professional learning sessions on cultural competence and proficiency. The sessions will be broadly...

Supporting Inclusive and Diverse Educator Environments (SIDEE) Partnership Cultural Proficiency Training
Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Central Location: Virtual Description: School leaders, teacher leaders, teachers, and mentors will participate in a series of professional learning sessions on cultural competence and proficiency. The sessions will be broadly...

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Time: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Central Location: Virtual Description: School leaders, teacher leaders, teachers, and mentors will participate in a series of professional learning sessions on cultural competence and proficiency. The sessions will be broadly...