Diversity Talks Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
We've compiled a list of questions we get asked most often. Find answers and general information below. If you don't see your question here, feel free to contact us.
How long are the professional development sessions?
Each individual workshop is 1.5 hours and meets certain objectives depending on the workshop selected.
What is considered a Diversity Talks series?
A Diversity Talks series is 12 hours of in-person professional development. These sessions are strongly encouraged to be broken down into 8-1.5 hour sessions over the course of an academic school year however, districts and higher education institutions are able to personalize the professional development sessions to fit their population and have the flexibility to choose individual sessions, if needed.
What topics are covered during the Diversity Talks series and individual sessions?
Diversity Talks focuses on providing student-centered, flexible and culturally relevant professional services with a menu of sessions that districts can choose from, listed here. But the student facilitators selected from your district are also able to customize the sessions based on topics they deem appropriate for their population.
Can educators provide input on what topics they want to cover?
Educators are able and encouraged to provide input on topics but it is solely up to the student facilitators to incorporate the feedback. Again, our goal is to provide teachers with the experiences and perspectives of the student. In an ideal world, the students and the educators will want to cover the same topics.
What grades are the student facilitators?
Students must be in grades 9-12 in order to interview to become a student facilitator.
My school is only K-8, how will you provide professional development to our staff?
The Diversity Talks staff will work with your "feeder" high schools to identify and train student facilitators. Those students will then come back to your school to provide professional development.
Who is allowed to attend the professional development?
We use "educator" as an umbrella term to capture all staff within a district. Ex: administrator, teacher, counselor, social worker, secretary, etc. are all able to attend.
How many educators are allowed to attend a professional development session?
We divide educators into cohorts. Each cohort is made up of up to 40 educators. Since we build trust through our workshops, it is encouraged that the cohort attends all sessions together. If your staff is made up of more than 40 educators, you will have multiple cohorts.
My school isn't at scale yet or does not have enough staff to make a cohort. Can we still participate?
Yes, while 40 is the maximum number of participants in a cohort, there isn't a minimum number of participants. If you only have 10 staff members, we will still provide the professional development.
How are the students prepared to lead professional development?
Each of our student facilitators receive 20 hours of training by our student coaches. Even if your school only decides to participate in one workshop, the student must go through 20 hours of training before leading on their own.
How long does it take the student facilitators to create the curriculum for the professional development?
The overall curriculum framework is already developed by our team based on best practices. The student facilitators are only charged with putting the topics specific to their school into the framework. This takes place during the 20 hours of student facilitation training with minor adjustments to each workshop throughout the year.
How are the student facilitators selected?
The students are recruited and selected similarly to any job hiring process. The students would apply and interview to become a student facilitator. To make sure the students are selected using an equitable approach, we've created an Ideal Student Facilitator Rubric. Students have to meet a minimum score in each category in order to be considered for the position. The rubric covers a range of qualifications to ensure that we maintain a diverse group.
What do the students receive for being a student facilitator?
Each year that a student successfully completes the 20 hour student facilitation training and delivers 12 hours of professional development, the student is eligible to receive an elective credit (if your school provides Expanded Learning Opportunities), a monetary stipend, and a scholarship to be used in college- contingent upon funding.
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