Join us for a day of reflection, professional development and fun.

We’ve asked teachers like yourself what opportunities and information they are missing about diversity-related issues to become leaders in their schools, and crafted the Diversity Leadership Institute around what we heard back. We’ve also consulted with professors from the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education as well as the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s School of Education to ensure the content is rigorous while being actionable at the same time.

Below is the overall schedule for the upcoming Institute on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Arrival and Parking

7:30 – 8:00 am

The Institute will take place this year at Regis Jesuit High School, 6300 S. Lewiston Way, Aurora, CO 80016. Parking for the day is free.

We urge everyone to arrive no later than 7:45 am to ensure you have time to park your car and find the event.  You can find directions to the Institute here.

A registration table and nametags.

Welcome and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 am

Registration will take a matter of seconds, where we will pass out materials for the day, including a notebook and pen to take notes and write reflections.  We will also provide a light breakfast, including bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fruit and muffins, as well as water and coffee for every participant.  After gathering breakfast items, we will welcome attendees and review the day’s schedule as a group.  We will start the day at 8:00 am sharp, so please arrive no later than 7:45 am.

Caleb Munro welcomes attendees from the podium.

Featured Speakers

8:30 – 10:30 am

We’ll start the day with an enlightening talk about how behavior and culture impact pedagogy, and how culturally responsive teaching is more than just curriculum adjustments and lesson plans.  Additionally, we’ll hear from a speaker about second language acquisition and the teenage brain, to better understand students whose first language is not English.

Discussion Groups and Lunch

10:35 – 12:25 pm

After hearing from our featured speaker, attendees will enter a discussion group of 15-20 fellow teachers, to absorb and discuss the content of the morning.  These sessions will be led by trained discussion leaders, and give attendees the chance to share the challenges they face in their schools or communities, as well as their ideas on how to address these issues leveraging the strategies presented throughout the day.  The overall goal of this session is to give each teacher a chance to reflect and come up with next steps. We will also serve lunch in these groups.

Domain-Specific Workshops

12:30 – 3:30 pm

The afternoon will feature breakout sessions in specific subject matter areas.  At this year’s Institute, we’ll have sessions led by master teachers in:

  • Science
  • Math
  • Foreign Language
  • Visual Arts and Media Technology (inclusive of Graphic Design, Yearbook, Video Production, Computer Programming, Animation, Architecture and related areas)
  • Performing Arts
  • Counseling

These sessions will focus on curriculum adaptation for culturally and linguistically diverse students.  The group will share existing lesson plans that require modification and discuss the process to update the plans for a CLD population.

Action Items, Evaluations and Closing Remarks

3:35 – 4:00 pm

We will end the day back in one large group discussing and creating personal action plans for every teacher based on the lessons of the Institute, sharing a few thank yous and reminders, and finally providing each participant with a certificate of attendance that can be used to apply for 1/2 Colorado Department of Education (CDE) semester credit.