Safe & Just Schools Cadre

Safe & Just Schools Cadre

Practical Trainings for Education Employees to Create Welcoming Learning Environments for ALL Students

The Wyoming Education Association's Safe & Just Schools Cadre is working to ensure that every student feels safe and welcome in all Wyoming schools. We're accomplishing this by providing no-cost training to Wyoming educators.

Interested in hosting a training at your district, school, or local? Contact WEA Vice President Kim Amen at kamen@wyoea.org.

Currently available trainings include:

Implicit Bias — Effective education leaders should understand their emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence their behavior across contexts. In other words, leaders must be self-aware. Leaders can develop their social and emotional intelligence by identifying their personal biases. Using this awareness, leaders can then explore how their biases formed and in what ways these biases limit leaders' growth and impact. This session will offer participants multiple resources to guide them through the process of self-discovery and reflection.

Coming to the Conversation — Using a variety of texts and purposeful protocols, this training explores why conversations are necessary and why they aren't happening! What gets in the way? And what are the skills and strategies required to overcome barriers and engage in the conversations necessary to create safe and just schools?

Ending Sexual Harassment in Schools: The Power of Title IX — As we engage in creating just and equitable schools, educators need to understand why sexual harassment is a problem in schools and how we as educators can combat it. Using Title IX data and stories from educators in K-12 schools (including students and employees), participants will better understand how to partner with your district's Title IX coordinator to address and stop sexual harassment. This interactive session includes group-level work and uses scenarios to practice new skills and awareness in real-time. This session culminates in groups brainstorming solutions to disrupt the actual problems shared during Think/Pair/Share time with the goal of creating SMART Goals that other locals can adopt or adapt.

Wyoming's Social & Racial Justice Timeline — War, internment, segregation, and oppression characterize a dark side of Wyoming's history. Together, we'll explore historical events and tragedies in our state's history that have contributed to shaping today's society. We'll put a spotlight on the uncomfortable realities of Wyoming's past to ensure that the lessons there to be learned shape a brighter future for our students.

LGBTQ+ Legal Rights in Education — Creating safe and just schools require educators to understand LGBTQ+ issues in education. This session will help participants learn the advocacy skills needed to support all students within the school environment. The session introduces participants to LGBTQ+ specific vocabulary, as well as personal stories of coming out in Wyoming. Participants will explore their social identities and use them to relate to the experiences of other marginalized outside groups. Topics covered include students who identify as trans and their use of bathrooms, LGBTQ+ issues in sports, LGBTQ+ issues in education, gender fluidity, pronouns, and additional issues brought up by participants.

Social Justice Umbrella — In this training, we will explore what defines social justice and what fits under that "umbrella." What social justice issues are impacting our students' learning? During this session, we will explore together ways each of us can activate change.