Breakout Sessions

Attract, Recruit, and Retain Racially & Ethnically Diverse Workforce
Dr. Travis Bristol | Boston University

Schools have been faced with closing the teacher-student diversity gap for some time now. With research and evidence prevalently showing increased academic achievement, students of color have a leg up on their learning when their teacher counterpart looks similar to them. In Michigan’s charter school sector, who heavily serves an ethnically diverse student population living in disenfranchised communities and exposed to trauma and stress, hiring a teaching staff that is reflective of their student body is key for students who are facing a learning gap even before they step into the school building. In this session, learn why it is important to have an ethnically and racially diverse teaching workforce, how to attract and recruit teachers of color and most importantly how to increase retention within your school’s culture that is supportive of diversity.

Handouts:
The troubling shortage of Latino and black teachers — and what to do about it
Male teachers of color take a lesson from each other


Realizing Your School’s Culture of Empowerment
 Dr. Benjamin Jankens & Dr. Regina Umpstead | Central Michigan University 

Empowering staff is one of the best ROI’s your school can make. With a culture of empowerment, schools see increased teacher retention, shared sense of community and beliefs, and let’s not forget, the impact it has on your school’s bottom line. When teachers are empowered when it comes to the budget, they feel a direct connection to invest in the mission your school has set out to deliver for your students. In a time where charter schools in Michigan are fighting the odds with students living in poverty, empowerment around your bottom line is key to success. Come learn from a charter school finance expert on what lies in the way between administration and teaching staff when it comes to the systems and policies and what you can do to increase the culture of empowerment in your school.

Handouts:
Performance Plan Template
Weekly Report Template
PAM Template
Plan Assessment Matrix Legend
Admin Survey Parents
Admin Survey Staff
Admin Survey Teachers
Characteristics of Employee Work
Conflict Resolution Overview
Conflict Resolution Process
Culture of Empowerment Plan
Intervention Template
PowerPoint Slides


#RealTalk: Communicating to Students and Families
Angi Beland | MAPSA

Families who live in poverty are too often exposed to chronic stress such as limited English skills, working multiple jobs, or sometimes an extreme traumatic event such as death or violence. Parents and caregivers also may have had minimal positive educational experiences for themselves or even their student’s teachers or schools in the past. These unfortunate circumstances work against a school’s ability to form trusting relationships and foster effective two-way communication. School communications and expectations should be reflective and supportive of the needs of students and families served. In this session, learn how to enhance your school’s marketing strategy and advance your brand through communications that articulate clear messaging to internal and external stakeholders with realistic and empathetic expectations of behaviors and involvement from both students and parents.