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. 


Black Girls' Sense of Belonging: Ways to Respond More Equitably
Choose one session date to attend. Both sessions are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held on Zoom. Two hours of PD and EILA credit are available. The facilitator is Dr. Vanessa McPhail.

October 21—session code # 21-22115973
February 17—session code # 21-22115974

Participants will learn how to empower Black female students in the classroom, will be provided with strategies and tools, and will gain knowledge of current issues that affect Black female students. Participants will have identified specific actions they want to take for the purposes of empowering Black females as outlined by the action plan and reflection they create.​
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


ADL Anti Bias Workshop: For Administrators
October 27, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
2.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114927
Facilitator: Anti Defamation League and Dr. Monica Lakhwani
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This World of Difference® Institute session is facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League. It will focus on exploring identity and understanding the language of bias. Participants will examine bias in self and others and will focus on challenging bias in order to give educators the tools to recognize bias and promote an equitable school climate for all. This session is customized to those in an administrative role.
Audience: All grade levels; Assistant Principals, Certified District Administrators, Principals


Building LGBTQ+ and Gender Inclusive Spaces: Middle and High
November 4, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
One hour of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114784
Facilitator: Dr. Monica Lakhwani
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This session provides an introductory understanding to creating an inclusive classroom, specific to the secondary level. Participants will learn key terminology, reflect upon the experiences of Kentucky LGBTQ+ students, and consider best practices to develop inclusive spaces within classroom and school.
Audience: Middle and High; All Certified and Instructional Classified


The Struggle Continues: Remembering the Sit Ins
Choose one session date to attend. Both sessions are two PD credit hours and two EILA credit hours. The faciliators are Clest Lanier and Dr. Monica Lakhwani.

November 13, 10 a.m. to 12 noon—session code # 21-22114840 (Zoom meeting) Download the flier.
February 16, 4 to 6 p.m.—session code # 21-22114841 (Zoom meeting)

Participants in this session will explore the social justice activism of youth through the Civil Rights Markers Trail and the current racial justice movement. Participants will learn of resources and ways in which to embed/enhance student learning experience about the role in social and civic discourse.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and Instructional Classified


Reaching All People: How to Use Popular Social Media for Learning
November 16, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Wheatley Elementary (1107 South 17th St., Louisville, KY)
1.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22116259
Facilitator: Nyree Clayton-Taylor

Teachers will learn how to utilize Clubhouse, TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram Reels, and Youtube to create lessons/assessments to engage students in learning. Also, teachers will learn how to use guided reading groups, Jan Richardson, to fit the needs of our most "at-promise" students when doing research. Teachers will also receive guidance in developing a Jan Richardson/CRT lesson that teaches to the strengths of our students.
Audience: Elementary (grades 3-5), Middle, and High; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Eight Actions to Develop Culturally Responsive Leadership
Choose one session date to attend.  All sessions are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. One hour of PD credit and one hour of EILA credit are available. The facilitator is William C. Bunton.

November 18—session code # 21-22114817
January 13—session code # 21-22114818
March 17—session code # 21-22114819

Participants will examine eight actions and dispositions necessary to develop culturally responsive leaders, will reflect their current state as it relates to the eight actions and dispositions, and will begin to identify areas in which they need to grow to become a more culturally responsive leader. Participants will complete a reflection of their learning at the close of the session.
Audience: All grade levels; Assistant Principals, Counselors, Instructional Coaches, Principals, and Resource Teachers


ADL Anti Bias Workshop: For Elementary Schools
January 10, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
2.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114928
Facilitator: Anti Defamation League and Dr. Monica Lakhwani
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This World of Difference® Institute session is facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League. It will focus on exploring identity and understanding the language of bias. Participants will examine bias in self and others and will focus on challenging bias in order to give educators the tools to recognize bias and promote an equitable school climate for all. This session is customized to those in an administrative role.
Audience: Elementary; Instructional Coaches, Librarians, Resource Teachers, Teachers


ADL Anti Bias Workshop: For Seconday Schools
January 10, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
2.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114929
Facilitator: Anti Defamation League and Dr. Monica Lakhwani
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This World of Difference® Institute session is facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League. It will focus on exploring identity and understanding the language of bias. Participants will examine bias in self and others and will focus on challenging bias in order to give educators the tools to recognize bias and promote an equitable school climate for all. This session is customized to those in an administrative role.
Audience: Middle and High; Instructional Coaches, Librarians, Resource Teachers, Teachers


Strategies for Building Your Professional Emotional Intelligence
Choose one session date to attend. Both sessions are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held on Zoom. Two hours of PD and EILA credit are available. The facilitators are Adu Boateng and Dr. Vanessa McPhail.

January 12—session code # 21-22116008
January 13—session code # 21-22116009

Participants will learn a working definition for emotional intelligence and how to apply in their lives as professional educators by using 2–3 applied strategies. Participants will be able to recite the four critical components of emotional intelligence and will discuss strategies for implementing emotional intelligence at work.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Understanding Social Media and How to Use It to Promote Racial Equity Work
Choose one session date to attend. Both sessions are 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held on Zoom. 1.5 hours of PD is available. The facilitator is Abdul Sharif.

January 13—session code # 21-22115711
March 18—session code # 21-22115713

This session is for new/beginning users to social media platforms. This PD session will help lay the foundation for social media marketing as it relates to racial equity initiatives taking place in JCPS. Participants will learn what social media marketing entails, including the history and the different social media channels that exist. Participants will learn how to select a social media channel that fits their needs, set goals and success metrics, and determine who their target audience is. By the end of this PD, participants will be able to understand the landscape of traditional, digital, and social media marketing; understand the major social media platforms, how they function, and what role they play in marketing racial equity initiatives in their schools; define a target audience and goals; dhoose the right social media platforms; and learn how to create social media graphics and videos.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Book Study: For White Folks Who Teach in The Hood
January 19, February 16, and March 16
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Zoom meetings
Six hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-2211664
Facilitator: Taylor Utley

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike—both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the “Seven C’s” of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Black Fatigue Book Study
January 19, February 16, and March 16 (Participants are expected to attend all three meetings.)
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
Zoom meeting
Six hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22116367
Facilitator: Shantel Crosby and Dr. Vanessa McPhail

Session 1: Participants will explore the Introduction, along with chapters 1-3, of Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, learning foundational concepts about race-based stress and contemporary ways that it manifests in society. They will also explore the ways in which race-based stress and fatigue is relevant to their own interactions and practice. Session 2: Participants will explore chapters 4-7 of Black Fatigue, learning how race-based stress manifests physiologically, impacting black individuals across gender. They will also explore the ways in which race-based stress and fatigue is relevant to their own interactions and practice. Session 3: Participants will explore chapters 8 and 9, along with the Conclusion, of Black Fatigue, learning how race-based stress impacts youth. They will also unpack potential solutions and how these may be relevant to their own interactions and practice. For each session, participants will be able to: (1) Discuss key principles from the assigned reading; (2) Explain two ways that book content relates to their own interactions and practice; and (3) Complete a reflection based on the content of the text.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Religious Equity: LGBTQ and Religion
January 24, 4 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
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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


Religious Equity: Religion and Bias
January 27, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Zoom meeting
1.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114897
Facilitators: Dr. Brandon McCormack (UofL) and Dr. Monica Lakhwani
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Participants in this session will learn how bias plays within different belief systems and examine examples of religious bias. Participants will also learn and understand what bias and religious oppression can look like at the individual level and understand oppression and -isms as a system.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


The Invisible Line That Divides and Unites Us
Choose one session date to attend. Both sessions are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held on Zoom. Two hours of PD and EILA credit are available. The facilitators are Dr. Juan Carlos and Dr. Vanessa McPhail.

February 9—session code # 21-22116072
February 10—session code # 21-22116073

This session will increase educators’ capacity to provide effective asset-based assessment for students. Educators will be supported through ongoing tracking and data collection to develop individualized engagement strategies for each student. The session will develop educators’ ability to provide deeper learning for students using tools and strategies that are built with a culturally responsive approach in their lesson planning. Educators will be introduced to self-healing and community healing practices to reduce racial battle fatigue and compassionate accountability.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


LGBTQ Support: Creating Respect for All ​

February 10, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
​Zoom meeting
Session code # 21-22115013 (Zoom meeting) Download the flier.
One PD and EILA credit hour.
The faciliators are Dr. Monica 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: All grade levels; All Certified and Instructional Classified


ADL Anti Bias Workshop: For Mental Health Workers
March 10, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
2.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114930
Facilitators: Anti Defamation League and Dr. Monica Lakhwani
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This World of Difference® Institute session is facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League. It will focus on exploring identity and understanding the language of bias. Participants will examine bias in self and othersand will focus on challenging bias in order to give educators the tools to recognize bias and promote an equitable school climate for all.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified; Classified Administrators, Classified Supervisors, and Mental Health Counselors


ADL Anti Bias Workshop: FRYSC and Instructional Staff
March 14, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
2.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22114931
Facilitators: Anti Defamation League and Dr. Monica Lakhwani
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This World of Difference® Institute session is facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League. It will focus on exploring identity and understanding the language of bias. Participants will examine bias in self and others and will focus on challenging bias in order to give educators the tools to recognize bias and promote an equitable school climate for all.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified; Classified Administrators, Classified Supervisors, and Mental Health Counselors


Interdisciplinary and Intergenerational Collaboration
March 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Roots 101 African American Museum (124 N 1st Street, Louisville, KY)
1.5 hours of PD and EILA credit
Session code # 21-22116438
Facilitators: Nyree Clayton-Taylor and Matthew Kaufmann

Participants will learn detailed methods to increase civic engagement with students, empowering them to connect classroom content to public policy. Participants will discuss how every content area provides a unique lens to analyze and address specific issues from the local to our global community. Moreover, participants will grow their understanding on how and why this work leads to meaningful, interdisciplinary collaboration between students and teachers across grade levels and between schools.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified


Building a Stronger Educational Community Through Black Folk Music
Choose one session date to attend. Both sessions are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held on Zoom. Two hours of PD and EILA credit are available. The facilitators are Dr. Jeff Stone and Dr. Vanessa McPhail.

April 13—session code # 21-22116054
April 14—session code # 21-22116055

Historically, African-American spirituals share an intimate bond to the social environment of the United States. Through the lens of the spiritual, participants will explore the concept of hope and building stronger communities across the entire educational community. The lecture, activities, and discussions are presented in the context of honoring race-specific roots while advocating for consideration for characteristics that are universal to every race. This session is about embracing the importance of growth in empathy and understanding; empowering participants to overcome the struggles of refining their “message”; building strategies, in any discipline, that reflect all communities; and examples of school and community engagement.
Audience: All grade levels; All Certified and All Instructional Classified