Racial Affinity Groups: Sample Agendas

These following sample agendas model how facilitators can use light-touch facilitation to create safe and inspiring spaces within racial affinity groups. The sample agendas below are all designed to run from 75-90 minutes. We have found this amount of time to work well, but facilitators should feel free to adjust both the times and activities based on the needs and interests of their racial affinity groups. As the group continues to meet and build trust, they may choose to have longer meeting times.

Sample agendas for:

Sample Agenda for the Group’s First Meeting
Time Activity
5 minutes Welcome, introductions, and review agenda
10 minutes Connections: Name an educator(s) who has inspired you.
Listen to My Teacher Loves Me.
20 minutes Forming ground rules and agreements for the group (Everyday Democracy produced this sample set of norms for virtual meetings).
30 minutes Supporting teachers of color
Resource: A Letter to Teachers of Color
Protocol: A.W.E. Protocol
10 minutes Feedback: Plus and Delta

Create a way for participants to give feedback in two areas:

  • Plus: What worked?
  • Delta: What could be improves?
Participants can share their pluses and deltas on sticky notes and attach to chart papers labeled Plus and Delta; alternatively, the two categories can be placed on a whiteboard, chart paper, and people can write in comments in the two sections, or the group can just go around in a circle and share. If working virtually a Padlet, Jamboard, or other online tool could be used in place of chart paper.
5 minutes Suggestions for next agenda
Adjourn
Agendas for Discussing Texts, Videos, or Other Resources

Sample A

Time Activity
5 minutes Welcome, introductions, and reflections on feedback from the last meeting
10 minutes Connections: What has been a bright spot in your week, day, year?
10 minutes Review agenda, meeting agreements, and outcomes
35 minutes Supporting teachers of color
Resource: Dear White Teachers: You Can’t Love Your Black Students If You Don’t Know Them
Protocol: 4 A's Protocol
10 minutes Feedback: Plus and Delta

Create a way for participants to give feedback in two areas:

  • Plus: What worked?
  • Delta: What could be improves?
Participants can share their pluses and deltas on sticky notes and attach to chart papers labeled Plus and Delta; alternatively, the two categories can be placed on a whiteboard, chart paper, and people can write in comments in the two sections, or the group can just go around in a circle and share. If working virtually a Padlet, Jamboard, or other online tool could be used in place of chart paper.
5 minutes Set agenda for next meeting
Adjourn

Sample B

Time Activity
5 minutes Welcome, introductions, and reflections on feedback from the last meeting
10 minutes Connections: Head, Heart, and Hands (view ice breakers)
10 minutes Review agenda, meeting agreements, and outcomes
35 minutes Supporting teachers of color
Resource: America to Me
Protocol:
  • What surprised, angered or disappointed you?
  • How does today’s film resonate with your experience as a student? To the lives of your current students?
  • What are you doing to combat the inequities mentioned in the film?
  • What more should be done?
10 minutes Feedback: Plus and Delta

Create a way for participants to give feedback in two areas:

  • Plus: What worked?
  • Delta: What could be improves?
Participants can share their pluses and deltas on sticky notes and attach to chart papers labeled Plus and Delta; alternatively, the two categories can be placed on a whiteboard, chart paper, and people can write in comments in the two sections, or the group can just go around in a circle and share. If working virtually a Padlet, Jamboard, or other online tool could be used in place of chart paper.
5 minutes Set agenda for next meeting
Adjourn
Sample Agendas for Discussing Dilemmas or Teacher Work

Sample A

Time Activity
5 minutes Welcome, introductions, and reflections on feedback from the last meeting
10 minutes Connections: What (or whom) are you feeling grateful for right now?
10 minutes Review agenda, meeting agreements, and outcomes
35 minutes Supporting teachers of color

Guiding questions for discussion:

  • What is something that you are doing in your classroom right now that you are excited about?
  • Does anyone have a struggle that you would like help with?
  • Do you have any resources that you have been using that you’d like to share?
Suggested protocol: Ping Pong Protocol
10 minutes Feedback: Plus and Delta

Create a way for participants to give feedback in two areas:

  • Plus: What worked?
  • Delta: What could be improves?
Participants can share their pluses and deltas on sticky notes and attach to chart papers labeled Plus and Delta; alternatively, the two categories can be placed on a whiteboard, chart paper, and people can write in comments in the two sections, or the group can just go around in a circle and share. If working virtually a Padlet, Jamboard, or other online tool could be used in place of chart paper.
5 minutes Set agenda for next meeting
Adjourn

Sample B

Time Activity
5 minutes Welcome, introductions, reflections on feedback from the last meeting
10 minutes Connections: What was your experience with race as a child?
10 minutes Review agenda, meeting agreements, and outcomes
30 minutes Supporting teachers of color

Use a protocol to guide teachers through sharing a piece of work of their own or looking at student work:

10 minutes Feedback: Plus and Delta

Create a way for participants to give feedback in two areas:

  • Plus: What worked?
  • Delta: What could be improves?
Participants can share their pluses and deltas on sticky notes and attach to chart papers labeled Plus and Delta; alternatively, the two categories can be placed on a whiteboard, chart paper, and people can write in comments in the two sections, or the group can just go around in a circle and share. If working virtually a Padlet, Jamboard, or other online tool could be used in place of chart paper.
5 minutes Suggestions for next agenda
Adjourn

How Can We Help Your Racial Affinity Groups Succeed?

Check out the rest of our racial affinity group tools. Also, contact us for more information about future professional learning group facilitator trainings.

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