Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Professional-Development Sessions

To register for PD sessions, search pdCentral using the session codes below. If the session code is not advertised, please contact the facilitator to register.  This webpage is updated throughout the school year as new trainings become available. You may also visit the DEP Battery of Opportunities page


Using District Resources to Support Culture, Diversity, and Academics
May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
Two hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 20-21114782
Facilitators: Jimmy Adams, Carmen Coleman, and Donald Dillard

Participants will be able to identify three different JCPS resources to use to support teachers or students in the area of culture, diversity, and academics. At the end of the sessions, participates will be able use the Chat feature in Zoom to list available resources that they can access.
Audience: Elementary, Middle, High; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Revisioning History in JCPS
July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, and April 20 (Participants are expected to attend all meeting dates.)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom meetings
10 hours of PD credit
To register, email aven.cook@jefferson.kyschools.us.

This session is a cohort that will meet throughout the school year. Participants will learn about counter narratives and histories of underrepresented groups of people to modify their understanding of curricular materials and pedagogy to achieve racial equity in their classrooms. Participants will create lessons and/or mini-units that purposefully apply their learning to provide students with equitable learning opportunities that are more representative of global populations.
Audience: Elementary, Middle and High; Certified Teachers


JCPS Does the Work Cohort
August 25, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11 (Participants are expected to attend all meeting dates.)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom meetings
Ten hours of PD credit and ten hours of EILA credit
To register, email rachel.klein@jefferson.kyschools.us.

This session is a cohort that will meet throughout the school year. Participants will learn how racism factors into our daily lives and will discover ways in which to be anti-racist in their classrooms, schools, and the community. A Racial Equity Committee’s SMART goals will reflect their learning, as well as growth, as demonstrated by their school’s EMPT (instruction, curriculum, equitable practices, and culture/climate). 
Audience:  All grade levels; Assistant Principals, Counselors, Department Chairs, Instructional Coaches, Librarians, Principals, Teachers, Mental Health Counselors


Creating Inclusive Spaces: LGBTQ Early Childhood and Elementary Classroom
September 1, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
One hour of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114787
Facilitators: Dr. Moncia Lakhwani and Diane Herrick

This session examines how our language and words make a difference when interacting with students, families, and peers. This session also reviews how we can uncover our own hidden prejudices and move forward when working with LGBTQ+ students and families to create inclusive spaces within our school communities. Participants will leave this session with resources and strategies to support LGBTQ+ students and families.
Audience: Early Childhood and Elementary; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Religious Equity: Myths, Rituals, Symbols
September 13, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
1.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114802
Facilitators: Dr. Brandon Harwood (UofL) and Dr. Monica Lakhwani

This session is about learning and understanding symbols of sacred space and time, notions, and practices. Participants will be introduced to other forms of religious language—symbols, rituals, and myths; the relation of religious symbolism to the human experience; and the diversity among religious practices.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


A Bitter Chapter: Kentucky's Participation in the Institution of Slavery
September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, and May 11 (Participants are expected to attend all meeting dates.)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom meetings
Nine hours of PD credit and nine hours of EILA credit
To register, email lamanda.moore@jefferson.kyschools.us.

This session is a cohort that will meet throughout the school year. Participants will learn the historical factors that led to how slavery operated in our state of Kentucky, will reflect on this new information, and will learn how to incorporate this information into their instruction. Participants will show their learning through candid discussions during sessions as well as discussion board posts on Canvas. Learning will happen continuously by listening to a podcast, reading supplemental resources, participating in discussions during our live sessions, and gauging responses to discussion board questions. This session is synchronous and asynchronous.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified Staff


Religious Equity: LGBTQ and Religion
January 24, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
1.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114803
Facilitators: Dr. Brandon Harwood (UofL) and Dr. Monica Lakhwani

Participants in this session will explore the relationship between issues related to the area of sexuality and religion/religious belief. This session aims to help participants understand the relationship between religion and LGBTQ+ people across time and place, within and between religions, and how various religions view different forms of reality. Experiences of discrimination in the intersection of religion/belief and sexuality will be examined.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified