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Three-part Appreciation of Diversity workshop series for staff begins Dec. 7

(11/22/2019) Gaining a better understanding of the cultures throughout Anoka-Hennepin schools and community is the focus of the Appreciation of Diversity Workshop series, a voluntary opportunity available to all Anoka-Hennepin employees. The three-session series gets underway Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Educational Service Center, 2727 N. Ferry St. and continues Saturday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, April 4. Staff can attend one, all or a combination of the series. 


Workshop 1: Teaching Muslim Students: Practical Advice for Educators

The workshop will introduce the basic beliefs and practices in Islam and will provide practical examples such as diet, dress, gender relations, prayer, fasting, and Muslim holidays. The workshop is meant to help educators understand Islamic Culture and provide them with tools to better interact with Muslim parents and students. Presenters are John Emery and Christina Ferdous from the Islamic Cultural Center. The event will feature student panels from the Blaine High School Muslim Student Association and the Halal Sisters at Northdale Middle School. 


Saturday, Dec. 7

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Anoka-Hennepin Educational Service Center

2727 N. Ferry St.  

 

Registration is free and available through the Learning Management System (LMS). Access  A-HConnect through the lock and key on the ahschools.us website.  

 

Workshop 2: Using MNCompass to Analyze Data with African American Men’s Group

Join with Justin Hollis, research scientist from Minnesota Compass, a project of Wilder Research, and a student panel, who will highlight the latest data at this workshop and tools available on mncompass.org that you can use to inform decision-making. Learn data best practices and key issues to consider when interpreting and making decisions with data. Discussion includes the Blaine High School men’s group. 

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Anoka-Hennepin Educational Service Center

2727 N. Ferry St.  

 

Registration is free and available through the Learning Management System (LMS). Access  A-HConnect through the lock and key on the ahschools.us website.  

 

Workshop 3: Understanding mental health in the somali community

In providing support to Somali students and families, cultural considerations may affect the outcome. Participants will understand the basic cultural considerations in assisting Somali students and families, including a focus on values and religion. Presented by Yussef Shafie, MSW, LGSW, and Kadar Abi from the Alliance Wellness Center. The session includes participation from Somali parents from Anoka-Hennepin Schools. 

 

Saturday, April 4

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Anoka-Hennepin Educational Service Center

2727 N. Ferry St.  

 

Registration is free and available through the Learning Management System (LMS). Access  A-HConnect through the lock and key on the ahschools.us website.  

 

The Appreciation of Diversity speaker series is offered in alignment with the Anoka-Hennepin Equity Achievement Plan, a coordinated effort to promote high academic achievement for all students and eliminate predictable gaps amongst student groups. Visit ahschools.us/equityachievementplan to view the entire plan and additional information.