Many educators agree equity is important in our school systems, though they don't always know how to best work towards it in their classrooms. Through WREN-sponsored PD, educators can learn strategies to promote equity in schools and make sure each student is prepared to reach their potential.
PD Follow Up
We also recognize professional learning is the first move toward change, but real transformation comes afterward, when we take action on our learning by designing and implementing strategies and techniques presented during the PD. If you are ready to dig into the learning, you can request PD Follow Up support from our coaching staff.
(If you have questions, there's a great FAQ on the form!)
Sharing the Learning
After attending our PD events, participants often wonder how to get their colleagues or building staff involved in the learning as well. Here are some suggestions and strategies:
Encourage your colleagues to subscribe to our newsletter so they can stay up to date about our offerings.
Try to attend an opportunity with others in your building or district so you can collaborate on how to implement the learning in your environment.
Tell your administrator about the growth and success you've experienced by participating in WREN PD.
Talk to your administrator about privately contracting with our PD providers so they can bring the learning to your school or district. Contact us if you would like us to make a virtual introduction with one of the providers.
Sign up for a "Group & Grow" list to connect with other educators about the PD.
Sign up for one of the PD extension opportunities offered after each opportunity.
Design Your Own (DYO) Change Project
Do you have an idea for an improvement in your local setting? The WREN will support your team with the design, implementation, and measurement of a change idea that will increase educator retention.
Define the Problem
How can the system better serve educators?
Identify a Team
Who needs to be involved?
Who is closest to the system or issue?
Submit Your Idea!
Fill out the DYO Change Idea Interest Form to start.
If you're looking for inspiration or just curious what others are doing, check out our Change Project Gallery (coming soon).
You can also learn more about the continuous improvement process that guides this work.
The window has closed to submit proposals for the 2023-2024 school year.
We will be accepting new DYO proposals in Spring 2024.
Affinity Spaces & Communities of Practice
A key driver in our theory of change is to provide regional opportunities for educators of color to connect with each other and work toward building and strengthening systems of support. There are a number of opportunities listed below that you can be part of, but if you're also interested in developing an affinity space (AS) or community of practice (CoP) for your own context, you can request coaching support, which will follow a specific implementation and coaching model we've found to be successful.
The window has closed to submit proposals for the 2023-2024 school year. We will be accepting new proposals for affinity spaces and communities of practice in Spring 2024.
LBL ESD BIPoC Affinity Space
A monthly opportunity for BIPOC staff of Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD to build connection and support. To join,
contact Michi Caldwell at
Communities of Practice
ELD Community of Practice
Connect with other English Language Development educators in Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. To join, contact Jennifer Ashcraft at
LBL Special Education Community of Practice
Special Education practitioners coming together to
support one another, learn, and grow. Contact Michi Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.