Sims-Fayola Foundation Equity Academy
Our Goal: The Sims-Fayola Foundation Equity Academy (SFFEA) is designed to increase the capacity of educators and advocates to deliver a quality learning experience for students of color and building authentic relationships through an equity lens.
Our Belief and Why: We believe that equity work is tough work because it challenges our personal assumptions and beliefs about others. Robert Allen, in his best-selling book, “As A Man Thinketh” said “people often want change unless the change involves them.” That speaks to how challenging it can be to examine our own dispositions to something as in your face as equity. Because this work is vital to the outcome of all students, especially our students of color, we believe that periodic workshops will not yield the impact that’s needed for lasting change. Most school districts and schools offer teachers one-shot professional development “trainings” with little or no support. Our intent with SFFEA is to provide an opportunity for educators to be immersed in prolonged development and support to become culturally relevant educators who can support and facilitate rigorous cognitive development of students of color. Therefore, in addition to our half and full day workshops, we are creating an avenue for sustained engagement and coaching. That avenue is the Sims-Fayola Foundation Equity Academy.
What we address: Over 12 face-to-face or online sessions, we increase the capacity of educators to deliver a quality learning experience, through an equity and cultural lens, that help students of color build intellective capacity and become independent learners. We also have a leadership track within the sessions specifically for school administrators and teacher leaders with the same goal in mind but is also inclusive of understanding their leadership style and how it shows up as a hinderance or asset to student learning. Each participant will identify up to 3 key new skills to implement during the 12-week course to get support with from the Sims-Fayola Foundation.