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A Moral Imperative: Leading Culturally Relevant Education


Educational Leaders, current and aspiring, listen up! 

Strong leadership disrupts systems of inequity and oppression. Recent research found that equity-focused leadership promotes more equitable school outcomes.  This research strongly suggests that culturally responsive leadership is the “how” for dismantling inequities and creating learning spaces where each student feels and is safe, connected, and has a sense of agency.

A culturally responsive leader recognizes the impact of institutionalized discrimination on their own lives and the lives of the students and families with whom they work.  These leaders embrace their role in mitigating, disrupting, and dismantling systemic oppression. To be successful in this role, leaders must cultivate and deepen their own cultural competence as well as those of the adults they lead.  

Importantly, culturally responsive leaders and educators cultivate and support students’ ability to question and critique social norms, values, practices, and systems that produce and maintain inequity.  Those who are educated in a culturally relevant environment are encouraged to reflect on the world they live in and to challenge inequitable structures in ways that will help bring about change.  In other words, student agency! 

Please consider attending this lively, experiential session to:

  • Create environments that are intellectually and socially safe for learning
  • Recognize the impact of trauma and/or chronic stress on learning & behavior
  • Align language for CRE, Trauma-informed, and Educational Neuroscience across the school/district
  • Recognize that cultural understanding is as important as the neuroscience of learning
  • Consider where specific strategies fall in your evaluation instrument to guide how to observe and give feedback on progress toward being a culturally responsive educator
  • Provide resources for attendees to turn-key with their staff

1 Grissom, J.A., Egalite, A. J.,  & Lindsay, C.A. 2021

Audience: All Grade PK-12 Educators
Instructor: Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President, dynamic presenter, and author.
Delivery Format: Virtual
Date/Times: December 5, 2023; 9am-12pm (EST)

The 2023-2024 TMI-ENVISION Professional and Personal Learning Series

The 2023-2024 TMI-ENVISION Professional and Personal Development Series enhances your ability to turn your pedagogical desires into reality. We think of our Series as an integrated roadmap to create and maintain learning spaces where students feel - and - are safe, connected, supported, and academically challenged. Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL-, Equity-, and Healing-Informed practices. Take one, take two, or take them all. Think of them as the vessel to hasten your journey to become the educator you are in your heart of hearts.

All of our TMI-ENVISION Professional and Personal Development Series programs are led by Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION Lead Consultant, ENVISION President dynamic presenter, and author.

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to TMI Education, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the TMI PLC at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website event page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)

Video-Recorded Virtual (Zoom) Sessions and Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Recorded Session:  As an added value, all virtually-delivered programs are video recorded and accessible to our workshop registrants and Professional Learning Consortium Members subsequent to the session. Therefore, each virtually-delivered workshop and webinar will now have Zoom’s Recording Disclaimer enabled by default. With this feature, attendees will receive a notification when a recording starts or if they join a session that is already being recorded. The participant can then consent to stay in the session and be recorded or choose to leave the session altogether.

Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Virtually-Delivered Session: Actively engaging in Zoom sessions is important. Participants may have concerns, however, of a Zoom session recording capturing their participation. Meeting hosts or instructors are taking steps to minimize this concern. In addition to the consent, participants can also use the following steps and features to take control of what is shared when a session is being recorded.

  • Change your participant name displayed in Zoom (e.g. only use your first name, replace your name)
  • Disable your video
  • Mute your audio
  • Do not communicate via the chat feature
  • Do not upload an identifiable profile photo

Please refer to Zoom’s Attendee Controls for more information on how to use these features.



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