PL-CI-727 An Alternative to Colorblindness: Creating a Safe and Welcoming Classroom for Students of


PL-CI-727 An Alternative to Colorblindness: Creating a Safe and Welcoming Classroom for Students of Color (PK-12)


Thursday, March 2, 2017            3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 16, 2017          3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017          3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 30, 2017          3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Plus five hours attending a cultural event - proposed date Saturday, March 18, 2017 (with group consensus)

Total:  15 hours

The Professional Learning Committee is proud to offer this course for the Spring 2017 semester that will be taught by our own LPS faculty.

Educators want the best for their students and seek to be fair.  Sometimes they even choose to be “colorblind” in an attempt to treat students impartially. In this course, educators will learn that being colorblind inadvertently creates an unsafe environment for children of color.

We will discuss strategies to help teachers intentionally plan for and create safe classrooms that welcome and support these children. Along with other concepts, we will explore the social nature of learning, promoting a sense of belonging/self-value and using diversity as a resource for learning.  Highlights of this course include a presentation by a student panel and participation in a cultural event.

About the Facilitators:  Barbara Hamilton and Cheryl Crowder

Barbara J. Hamilton, K-12 METCO Academic Director

Ms. Hamilton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is certified as an Elementary School Teacher, School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor, and Director of Pupil Services, and she is a METCO Alumna and Licensed American Baptist Minister.  She works closely with Dr. Czajkowski and each of the district school administrators to promote the academic achievement and social emotional development of students of color.  She addresses cultural and racial issues pertaining to students, conducts parent seminars, and leads educational workshops.  A major focus of her work as the METCO Director is building bridges across racial and cultural differences and providing consultation to assist others in learning to frame a cultural problem in a way that values multiple perspectives and creates emotional safety and motivational support to grow.

Cheryl Crowder, Elementary METCO Social Worker

Ms. Crowder is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, a Certified Mediator, and she has her J.D.  In collaboration with other school professionals, Ms. Crowder helps remove barriers to learning and address issues that may affect the adjustment of the METCO students at Bridge, Fiske and Maria Hastings Schools, both in and out of the school environment.  She consults with teachers, students and families regarding issues of race, ethnicity and residence that may affect a child's wellbeing or achievement.  She facilitates small group counseling sessions (Efficacy, social skill groups) with students.  She is also the coordinator of the Jump Start summer program for entering METCO students.  Jump Start focuses on school academic and social readiness skills.

Who May Enroll:  PK-12 Educators & Administrators

Location:  TBD

PDPs/Credits:  15 PDPs/1 in-house credit upon successful completion of course requirements

Class Size:  25



Kristen McGrath
Phone: 781-861-2580


Seat Availability: 12 of 25 available.
Last day to register: 3/3/2017

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