Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Professional-Development Sessions

To register for PD sessions, search Vector-TeachPoint using the session titles below.  This webpage is updated throughout the school year as new trainings become available. 


Racial Equity Institute
July 27, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Seneca High School
Seven PD credit hours and six EILA credit hours
Presenters: Rachel Klein, Lamanda Moore, Aven Cook
Audience: All grade levels; all certified and classified employees

Description: Participants will engage with the resources and supports provided to all schools by the JCPS Diversity, Equity, and Poverty (DEP) Programs Department to strengthen their efficacy, knowledge, and teacher leadership as it relates to student racial equity in JCPS. This session is designed to build capacities within members of school and district certified personnel who engage with teachers or students regarding curriculum. Participants will complete a series of workshops, collaborating with one another to curate materials and lessons that support the school expectations defined by the JCPS Racial Equity Plan, and work to implement strategies that disseminate these practices schoolwide. Participants will be supported in completing an implementation plan over the course of the institute. Facilitators will provide coaching and feedback through breakout groups and workshops to ensure that individuals and the group are progressing through their learning and producing tangible outcomes that will impact students.


Religious Equity and the Arts
September 19, 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Zoom meeting
1.5 PD credit hours and 1.5 EILA credit hours
Presenters: Dr. Monica Lakhwani and Dr. Brandon Harwood (UofL)

Description: The session will include information on religious factors, beliefs, and points to consider when taking aspects of religion into theater, drama, and music. Being a majority minority district, this session impacts diverse learners' sense of belonging.


LGBTQ+ Inclusion (For Middle and High Schools)
October 19, 3:30 to 4:30
Zoom meeting
One PD credit hour
Presenters: Monica Lakhwani and Hannah Lipman
Audience: For middle and high levels

Description: Learn about LGBTQ+ vocabulary and definitions, the importance of pronouns, data on LGBTQ+ sense of belonging and bullying, and the small ways to make your classroom more inclusive. This session is ideal for beginner learners and those needing a refresher. The PD session will focus on improving LGBTQ+ students' sense of belonging in schools.


Supporting Early Child LGBTQ+ Students/Families 
November 3, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
One PD credit hour
Presenters: Dr. Monica Lakhwani, Andrea Stacy, and Brittany Metcalf

Description: Participants will discuss gender identity and ways that preschool teachers can provide a welcoming, inclusive classroom environment for students and families that supports diversity and equity. This session impacts students sense of belonging. 


Religion and Multicultural Issues
January 18, 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Zoom meeting
1.5 PD credit hours and 1.5 EILA credit hours
Presenters: Dr. Monica Lakhwani and Dr. Brandon Harwood

Description: The session information will focus on the theme of clocks, calendars, clothing, and cuisine - multiple factors and implications for students. Participants will learn of various religious perspectives, and they will understand how cultural aspects of time, attire, and food is intertwined with religions. The content impacts students' sense of belonging.


LGBTQ+ Inclusive Spaces (For Elementary Schools)
February 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting
One PD credit hour
Presenters: Dr. Monica Lakhwani, Stephen Beck, and Michael Pedigo
Audience: For elementary level

Description: This session will examine how our language and words make a difference when interacting with students, families, and peers. This session will also review 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. This PD impacts student sense of belonging and inclusion.