Professional Development

  • Professional Development for new and seasoned teachers, school leaders, partner schools, and our wide network of education professionals.

    Throughout the school year, NYC Men Teach community members attend diverse Professional Development programs meant to create safe environments to encourage courageous conversations around race and gender, while providing practical ways to bring them into the classroom. Primary components include Culturally Responsive Education, Restorative Practices, and Mastery Based Learning.

    Culturally Responsive Education (CRE)

    Working alongside Expanded Success Initiative, CRE workshops provide spaces to explore and challenge sociopolitical structures both within the education system and our modern world.

    What is Culturally Responsive Education? Culturally responsive education empowers students by respecting their identity and interests as central to the learning process. Research has shown that the delivery of effective, meaningful, culturally relevant pedagogy is integral to improving educational outcomes for students of color, particularly for Black and Latino male students. Building capacity within schools around culturally responsive educational practices has been a core tenet of ESI and NYC Men Teach. Topics include learning about Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, Stereotype Threat, Imposter Phenomenon, and more.

    Learn more about the programming offered through ESI by clicking here.

    Restorative Practices

    Restorative Practices use a variety frameworks and methodologies — educational leadership, individual and group psychology, social work, criminal justice, organizational development — to proactively create healthy school communities, increase social connectivity, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm, and restore relationships across all areas of a school. Restorative Justice training equips teachers with a set of skills, practices, and methods to engage in critical discussions around equity in their school. The practice also helps to foster a mindset to encourage compassionate growth rather than deficit based discipline. For more information and resources, click here.

    Mastery-Based Learning

    In a mastery-based learning environment, students progress by demonstrating independent mastery of learning goals, or outcomes.

    Goals are transparent from the start. Feedback focuses on crucial next steps to achieve and deepen mastery of skills and content over time. In collaboration with Mastery Collaborative, NYC Men Teach offers practical approaches to mastery-based education frameworks to help teachers implement mastery models in their schools

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