PSI – For YOU by US

We’re pleased to introduce the Prospect Sierra Institute (PSI), a new workshop series designed to illuminate the everyday practices of the various ways we lead and learn, our commitment to equity in progressive education, and innovative approaches to lifelong learning. Prospect Sierra faculty and staff will share their knowledge and experience through interactive, collaborative workshop sessions. Plan to engage with us joyfully this summer and stay tuned for future workshops throughout the year!

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Mitigating Implicit Bias in Hiring

With more and more research recognizing the ways implicit bias impacts hiring and the rising concern about the lack of diversity of leadership throughout the independent schools, Prospect Sierra took the opportunity with our most recent Head of School search process to directly challenge implicit bias. Learn how we engaged the Head Search Committee, which included long time board members, as well as a faculty and administrative representative, in exploring the concept of implicit bias and illuminating the team’s own biases during the process. Learn and practice a variety of strategies to decrease the impact of implicit bias when hiring for all positions in your community.

Workshop Leaders: Britt Anderson, Director of Equity and Inclusion and Nathan Tanaka, Middle School Division Head

Wednesday, June 24: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $400*

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Follow the Green Brick Road: Becoming a Green Ribbon School, Growing Ecoliteracy Across Grades, and the Benefits of Carbon Neutrality for the Planet and Your Bottom Line

Our planet is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. At Prospect Sierra, we continue to work on solutions that reduce our carbon footprint, promote ecoliteracy, and provide the kind of environmental leadership that will inspire our students to become active and responsible global citizens. Learn how Prospect Sierra has progressed from being a community of concerned individuals to a Certified Green Business (2006), a US Department of Education Green Ribbon School (2013), to leading workshops on School Sustainability at CAIS (2016), NAIS (2016), and Green Schools (2016) Conferences, to recently achieving Carbon Neutrality (2020)! This daylong workshop will begin by putting today’s climate crisis into perspective and then focusing on the specific steps the school has taken to reach these milestones.

As participants, you’ll leave with key resources to take back to your school including:

  • The Green Ribbon School application process and the benefits of this important self-study
  • How to create a carbon neutrality road map including how to calculate your carbon footprint, arrange for an energy audit, convince the decision-makers, implement a plan, and save money in the process.
  • How to organize an in-house, professional development deep dive into ecoliteracy across all grades.

Workshop Leader: Steve Harrington, Director of Facilities

Thursday, June 25: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $400*

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Disrupting the Danger of a Single Story: Women Who Lead

For years, a familiar face and story in independent school leadership have represented the narratives of white men. Right now, more than ever, we are seeing that narrative expands to represent the stories of women and it’s exciting! In this workshop, you will hear about the power of unity between us, explore the various intersections of leadership, starting with gender but also diving into other aspects of identity, understand the difference between leadership and management, and hear the various pathways that may inspire or validate your own journey.

Workshop Leaders: Nisa Frank, Head of School, Abby Guinn, Lower School Divison Head, Renee Thompson, Director of Admissions and Outreach, and Britt Anderson, Director of Equity and Inclusion

Friday, June 26: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $400*

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*Financial support will be allotted to public school educators. If you are interested in any of the workshops, please email psi@prospectsierra.org.

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Registration is now closed for our PSI workshop. Stay tuned for future workshop opportunities.