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.

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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.

Shrink the Curriculum: Prioritizing What We Teach and Assess-Video Access @ Stand-alone, Asynchronous Workshop
Sep 29 all-day
Shrink the Curriculum: Prioritizing What We Teach and Assess-Video Access @ Stand-alone, Asynchronous Workshop

Andrew Jones, Ed.D. 

Stand-alone Asynchronous Workshop

Cost: $100 – for 2 taped sessions and accompanying slides for a 3 month period of your choosing ending June 30, 2022

Contact CVEDC for more information:

Target Audience: Grades K-12 Educators, Principals, Curriculum Leaders, Instructional Coaches

Earlier in 20-21 this series was attended and videotaped. It is now available for access with 2 taped sessions and accompanying slides. There is simply too much to teach within any given academic year. The constraints of the current pandemic are also making it a challenge to fit in everything we once could. Attempting to “cover the content” and rushing through units is just not sustainable. A breadth over depth approach does not benefit students and ultimately is futile. This workshop (two half-day sessions) focuses on the concept of a “guaranteed and viable curriculum” and how to prioritize what we teach, with the recognition that we have to let go of some of our content. By going deeper with certain concepts and providing students the time to meet proficiency, we can promote higher levels of achievement.

Participants will:
• Be able to recognize the shortcomings of a “breadth over depth” curricular mentality
• Understand the importance of a guaranteed and viable curriculum
• Become familiar with a process for prioritizing performance indicators and learning targets to “shrink” the curriculum

Andrew Jones is the director of curriculum for Mill River Unified Union School District in Clarendon, Vermont. He is also the current president of the Vermont Curriculum Leaders Association (VTCLA). Prior to being a district administrator, Andrew taught high school earth science at Mt. Abraham UHS in Bristol, where he was awarded a Rowland Fellowship in 2015. Andrew is passionate about improving education systems to better meet the needs of ALL students, which means challenging some of the dominant conceptualizations about teaching and learning.