The Mindful Anti-Racist Cohort for White Educators @ Zoom Online
Sep 23 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Facilitated by Annie O’Shaughnessy

9 monthly sessions – 90 minutes after school Thursdays


Sept 23, 2021, Oct 21, 2021, Nov 18, 2021, Dec 16, 2021, Jan 20, 2022, Feb 17, 2022, Mar 17, 2022, April 28, 2022, May 19, 2022

Time: 3:15 – 4:45 pm    **15-hour recertification cert**

Location: ZOOM

Target Audience: Educators K-12

Using restorative practices to build a brave space, we will meet to apply mindfulness principles and practices to our journeys as anti-racist educators with the goal of developing discomfort resilience surfacing:
• implicit bias
• fears of “getting” it wrong,
• gaps in our knowledge,
• and racial identity development awareness.


Meeting monthly, we will seek to cultivate the courage, discernment, and vulnerability needed to “dare greatly”, as Brené Brown says; to use our power and privilege to speak out, educate, and lead in this country’s journey towards racial justice and equity.

As part of this cohort, you will be asked to read one article or book excerpt per month.

Mindful Anti-Racist Flyer
Mindful Anti-Racist Flyer
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Annie O’Shaughnessy developed True Nature Teaching, after extensive training and research in Mindfulness, Restorative and Trauma Informed Practices and their impact on education. After decades as a classroom teacher, Annie has been running workshops and courses in Vermont and nationally since 2017 that are lauded as critical learning for every educator. A “wonderful, passionate, supportive teacher” her goal always, is to create brave spaces for educators to learn and grow.

Her dedication to anti-racism began after a multi-day training with Paul Gorski and strengthened during her year-long experience in the Transformative Educational Leadership program. Equally important to her expertise in mindfulness and restorative practices, Annie brings vulnerability and authentic partnership to the cohort journey.

When she is not busy developing the Holistic Restorative Education Certificate Program at Saint Michael’s and serving schools, she is enjoying time with her husband and dog Molly in Underhill, Vermont.

Special Education for Classroom Teachers: What You Need to Know/Postponed til Fall, new date TBD @ ONLINE -Zoom platform
Oct 1 all-day


Facilitated by: Meagan Roy, CVSD Dir. of Student Support Services and Erin Maguire, EWSD Director of Equity and Inclusion

Date:  TBD                                                                                            


Location: ONLINE -Zoom platform  *invitation will be sent to Registered participants.

 Target Audience: Educators K-12

Classroom teachers, in collaboration with their special education colleagues, are the single most important influence in a student’s life. Supporting, accommodating and instructing students with special education needs is an integral part of every teacher’s work. Join us to learn about your critical role delivering first instruction to all of your students.

Teachers will:

  • Understand the tenets of universal design and the importance of creating educational programming that reaches each learner in the classroom
  • Understand basic special education requirements and regulations critical for classroom teachers
  • Learn about recent Vermont legislation around the implementation of multi-tiered systems of supports and special education rule changes that impact educators
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About our Presenters:  As a special education director and Director of Equity, Erin Maguire has had years of experience in the LEA role and has trained principals for their LEA roles. Meagan Roy, Ed.D. is the Director of Student Support Services for the Champlain Valley School District. Meagan has years of experience leading student support services and as a special education teacher in Vermont, with a focus on implementing tiered systems of support. She was a member of the lead writing team for the VT MTSS Field Guide and currently chairs the Act 173 Advisory Group that was established as a result of the passing of Act 173 in 2018.