Looking for an opportunity to learn, grow, and better support all of your students? Join us for the 2-day professional development workshop. 15 CEUs offered!
Topics we will cover: Anti-bias & anti-racism, fostering gender & LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms
July 27 & 28 – 9am to 5pm
Register here: https://bit.ly/BHEquityTraining
Limited to 35 educators
More details available upon registration [MakeSpace—Spearfish Partnership for Arts, Cycling, and Equity, “Equity Training for Educators,” event posted to FB 2022.03.31, retrieved 2022.04.28].
The poster offers teachers one continuing-education graduate credit for this training…but not if Governor Kristi Noem has anything to say about it. Mention anti-racism and inclusive, and she swats the program down with her heavy hand of government:
Noem refers to her April 5 executive order which she pretends bans critical race theory from classrooms but which actually prohibits the Department of Education from promoting “divisive concepts” that bother Noem and other right-wing snowflakes who feel their white supremacy slipping. That thought-control order “is promoting a great evil,” but it does tell Education Secretary Tiffany Sanderson she’d better not give any teachers credit toward recertification for learning how to be less racist and more inclusive:
“Our focus at the Department of Education is to help students succeed and to guarantee each student equal opportunities,” said Sanderson. “Training like this one do not help achieve that, they divide students into groups instead of focusing on equal opportunity for every student. The Department of Education does not pre-approve training that claim to offer CEUs; but we do determine whether a training can be counted toward the CEUs that educators need to earn as part of the recertification process” [Austin Goss, “Spearfish Organization Plans to Host Educator ‘Equity Training’,” KOTA-TV, 2022.04.27].
Five Black Hills-area women direct MakeSPACE. Among other things, MakeSPACE works on getting girls and young women out on bikes. MakeSpace is taking donations to support this training and the organization’s other programming.