The Borg Center offers professional development on a variety of topics. Professional development formats are offered as either scheduled short courses or customized, site-based learning opportunities.
Borg short courses are six-week mini-courses in which College of Education faculty facilitate extended learning opportunities on topics relevant to educators. Each course includes six virtual meetings with readings and assignments between meetings. Illinois teachers can earn professional development hours upon the successful completion of any course. See below for currently scheduled short courses; more courses will be added as they are finalized.
Social and Emotional Practices for Anti-racist and Equity Minded Educators
This workshop is designed for educators who have a commitment to reconciling social injustices in education contexts and who are open to self-reflection, change, and growing in community with other like-minded educators. The purpose of this workshop is to support teachers of multicultural identities in understanding a holistic approach to managing embodied responses when discussing weighty and consequential topics in education contexts. Participants will learn social and emotional (SEL) methods for building resilience in the nervous system through community oriented, somatic practices, and contemplative practices grounded in concepts of critical care. These methods and practices can support educators in holding space for restorative work in their school contexts.
Complete Course Description
Course Facilitator: Dr. Becky Beucher, Assistant Professor, School of Teaching and Learning
CPDU/PDH Credits: 30 hours
Cost: $350 per person
Start: Thursday, May 6, 2021
End: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time: 6-7:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Zoom (link will be sent to participants)
Prerequisites: Watch Building anti-racist educators through embodied contemplative practices: https://youtu.be/ZCFnFWW2mjA
Customized learning opportunities can be created across a wide range of literacy topics for educational institutions who serve pre-K through high school learners. Our services are site-based and collaborative. We will work with you to design a structure and develop content that will meet your district or school professional development goals.
Our professional development providers are School of Teaching and Learning faculty who have a wide range of expertise in literacy teaching and learning.
Contact Dr. Deborah MacPhee, Director of the Borg Center, for your professional development needs.
Dr. Deborah MacPhee