Teachers Take Diversity Training

Teachers Take Diversity Training
Posted on 03/09/2020
Ouch, That Stereotype HurtsDiversity Training for CV Staff
Genevieve Miller
Staff Writer

Walking through the halls at the high school diversity is everywhere, and sometimes students are silently targeted for harassment for many reasons. This is why teachers and staff have decided to take a stand. Students had off Wednesday so teachers could take part in “Ouch,
That Stereotype Hurts,” a diversity training.

Sabrina Lindsay, the Social Studies supervisor, said, “Every teacher is going to get some training on how to handle bias and stereotyping.”

One training took place at the high school the other was held at Mountain View Middle school. Educators from K-12 attended, and there were forty total facilitators leading. The initiative is form students to know they are supported by their teachers.

“Sometimes teachers don't know the best and most effective way to respond. So this training hopefully will give teachers a skill set or a tool box in order to pull from when those kinds of situations occur,” English and Language Arts supervisor Allison Miller said.

The goal of the meeting is to eventually teach the concept to the students. But there are students that still don't know why they didn't have school Wednesday.

“Wait, teachers gave us a day off because of this? I didn’t know that,” Freshman Hannah Miskin.

Most students enjoyed not going to school, while not thinking much about why they had the day off said. Miskin thinks the training is important for CV.

“When it comes to diversity I don’t think CV is a place for people to feel welcome because most of the time people say awful and hurtful things that tear people apart inside,” Miskin said.

The training is part of the school’s initiative to be more inclusive as a district. The point is to make students feel more comfortable in the school's environment.

Freshman Rachel Odumosu said, “There is an ignorance of diversity at CV. Makes me feel very uncomfortable.”
All teachers who attended the meeting discussed how to handle the hate speech when they heard it or saw non inclusive behavior.

“I think the diversity fluctuates so I think it is pretty ok. I have been kind of a part of it, when I lost my hair people stared and when it started to grow back a kid in my class called me “Afro.” I think it is an important topic for people to get under control, freshman Abbie Freeland said.

Staff who lead the presentation are positive that “Ouch” will help teachers celebrate their students’ diversity.
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