Racial Equity in Schools
The following five module (15-hour) workshops were designed by Dr. Veronica Hardy, LCSW and Dr. Summer Woodside, LCSW to provide training to school social workers and fellow support personnel pertaining on the topic of promoting racial equity in academic environments.
After completion of the training program, participants will show an enhanced ability to:
Understand the need and obligations for school social workers to facilitate racial equity in schools,
Analyze educational data through a lens of “racial equity,”
Conceptualize school social workers and fellow support personnel as essential in addressing racial inequities in schools, and
Collaborate with school professionals of various disciplines to practice and implement evidence-based approaches to facilitating racial equity in schools.
The training program consists of five learning modules, follow-up activities for practice, and debriefing of practice activities with trainers. Each module consists of three hours of content that includes the following:
Module 1: Facilitating Racial Equity in Schools: Practice and Ethical Obligations This module is designed to provide an introduction of the concept of racial equity, an overview of data reflective of national and North Carolina systems and racial equity issues, and an examination of School Social Work professional obligations and ethical standards within the context of facilitating racial equity in schools.
Module 2: Facilitating Racial Equity in Schools: Assessment and Analysis This module is designed to provide a review of the concept of racial equity, examine the relationship between school social workers and leadership in the educational environment, and create an individualized plan for assessment and analysis of data related to racial equity in schools. Following the module, participants will assess and analyze local data to identify specific strengths and needs.
Module 3: Facilitating Racial Equity in Schools: Broaching at the Micro Level This module is designed to introduce the concept of broaching to school social work professionals. This involves methods of how to introduce challenging conversations pertaining to issues of difference. During this module, participants will engage in active learning by practicing skills through scenarios. Following the module, participants will practice broaching skills with a colleague, such as a partner-teacher, in his or her school.
Module 4: Facilitating Racial Equity in Schools: Broaching at the Mezzo and Macro Levels This module is designed to further the concept of broaching and applicable skills to broader systems such as groups and policy. Through active learning methods such as presenting at professional faculty or staff meeting and exploring needs with one’s specific school, participants will learn how to educate these broader systems about the racial equity in schools. Participants will engage in active learning by developing a plan for assessing awareness of education colleagues regarding this topic. Following the module, participants will implement an assessment/ survey with school leadership teams/ personnel.
Module 5: Facilitating Racial Equity in Schools: Leading Change This module is designed to explore ways the participants can maintain and implement their learning pertaining to racial equity and leadership as social workers. Topics including ongoing professional development and evaluation will be explored. In addition, participants will engage in active learning by developing a plan for a professional development workshop to educate school personnel. Following the module, participants will collaborate with their school leadership teams to implement a professional development workshop at their schools.
To gain insight about the outcomes of this training program, please review the peer-reviewed article publication by Dr. Hardy and Dr. Woodside titled Facilitating Racial Equity: Evaluating a Leadership Workshop Series for School Social Workers.