Instructional Techniques for Cultivating Psychological Safety

Focus Area: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Pathway: Understanding

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For White students and teachers who want to be antiracist co-conspirators, it can feel hard to know where to begin. These challenging conversations can be handled with respect and zeal. In this Virtual Workshop, participants will build a common understanding about concepts like privilege, racial socialization, bias, and critical consciousness while learning about critical historic influences. Participants will unpack the messages we send to students that perpetuate racist ideas, and help students to develop a critical consciousness.

  • Lens: Participants will use the Restorative Lens to acknowledge that the lack of racial diversity in their classroom presents a challenge, using this lens participants will begin working collectively to work towards developing solutions. The Action Lens will also be applied in this session as participants will leave with clear personal goals and a method to evaluate the effectiveness of their changes. 


This product is designed for teachers, especially those that are in classrooms with minimal racial diversity. 


  • 2 hour virtual workshop
  • Small-Large Groups 
  • Ideal for participants to be from the same school or district
  • Please share demographics of the students and staff as part of preparation



  • In this section, participants will engage with the restorative lens and concepts of critical consciousness as we define some key terms (bias, privilege, racial socialization, critical consciousness) to create a shared language as we begin unpacking our racial socialization.


  • Next, participants will explore the diverse ways we communicate with students (verbally and nonverbally) and the messages we send that could be damaging.


  • Participants will begin developing their critical consciousness and learn how to model this for their students, so that students can begin to develop their own awareness and critical consciousness. Participants will need to consider how to make these conversations come to life by answering: when does building this common language happen with students and how do we create spaces to insert conversations about race?