Professional Development

Professional Development Workshops

BCCS Professional Development Workshops introduce educators and administrators to current research, literature and best practices surrounding culturally responsive pedagogy and practical strategies designed to help break the cycle of academic underachievement among urban student populations.

BCCS PDs provide educators with the tools they need in order to maximize their knowledge of their students and their learning processes. They are designed to strengthen educators’ ability to: 1) improve academic, professional and social development of diverse learners, 2) create culturally responsive learning communities, and 3) adhere to the mandates of the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching.

Brain Favors training educators on cultural competence in the classroom.

Brain Favors training educators on cultural competence in the classroom.

Workshop Goals

1) To introduce educators to many of the issues  that lead to academic, social and professional underdevelopment for many students of color;

2) Empower educators to use culturally responsive teaching as a response to those issues; and

3) Improve academic outcomes.

BCCS PDs incorporate a cooperative group learning model and challenge participants to reflect on their own backgrounds, experiences and issues surrounding their minority students in group discussion activities. Some of our most requested workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Professional Development Workshop Descriptions


NYC DOE Educators in a cooperative group activity about the ways racial constructs influence learning.


  1. Culturally Responsive Teaching: Developing a Systematic Approach

This workshop explores the crisis facing students of color while examining the systematic factors that lead to and perpetuate it. Participants will identify the ways that these factors impact student achievement in their classrooms and will be introduced to the concept of culturally responsive teaching as a response to these challenges.

  1. Cultural Competence in the Classroom

This workshop will introduce the concept of cultural competence while challenging participants to recognize its impact on teaching and student performance. The session will explore the significance of cultural competence in adhering to the mandates of education initiatives like the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching. Participants will examine a conceptual framework for cultural competence, current research and engage in small group discussions.

  1. Culturally Responsive Teaching: Minimizing Cultural Barriers

This workshop examines the concept of culturally responsive teaching (as outlined by scholars Geneva Gay and Gloria Ladson-Billings), as a response to the crisis facing students of color in the classroom. Participants will explore common barriers that exist between many schools and students of color and will be introduced to practical ways to reduce these barriers through a culturally responsive approach.

  1. Racial Identities and Academic Success (Part 1)

This workshop examines the research that focuses on the connections between positive racial socialization and academic success for students of color. Through cooperative discussions that analyze engaging media clips and current research, participants will explore Dr. Joy DeGruy’s definition of multigenerational trauma and its impact on students of color. The session will introduce methods for using culture in the classroom as an asset to promote positive racial identity and to create an academically stimulating environment.

  1. Racial Identities and Academic Success (Part 2)

Building on Part 1, this session will explore innovative educational programs that successfully promote positive racial socialization to improve improved academic outcomes. Participants will examine educational best practices historically used in communities of color to cultivate resilience and academic excellence through programs that promote racial uplift.

  1. Supporting Both School and Home Cultures (Part 1 and 2)

These sessions center on a video that highlights various cultural conflicts surrounding race and identity between students of color and staff at a typical high school in an urban setting. Participants will be challenged to examine these common issues presented in the film and their impact on student development. The session will introduce practical strategies to support both home and school cultures of their students.

  1. Teacher Expectations and Student Outcomes

This session will re-examine Karen Manhiem Teel’s Framework for Cultural Competence and explore the connection between teacher expectations of student capacity and student outcomes. Participants will survey the Pygmalion Effect, review studies that examine how  expectations influence student outcomes and provide practical solutions for using this knowledge in the classroom.

  1. Micro Aggressions and Their Impact on Learning

This session will explore current research on racial micro-aggressions which occur frequently in the classroom. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the various forms of micro-aggressions and the effects of these on academic achievement while learning valuable tools for supporting students and creating a healthier learning environment.

  1. Cultural Responsiveness Through the Lens of the Danielson Framework

This session will explore NYC Citywide instructional expectations surrounding cultural competence and responsiveness. Participants will examine Charlotte Danielson’s framework and the significance of Domain 1b: Knowledge of Students, which requires educators to take into account the role of culture, heritage and students interests in classroom planning and instruction.

Professional Development Cost

BCCS Professional Development workshops are multi media presentations and typically last 1.5 hours. Each workshop is $1,000.

Discounts are available for non-profit community based organizations. Please email for booking and scheduling information.