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Teachers of Color Leadership Institute

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This year-long online institute brings together BIPOC educators from districts around the state to learn, write, and connect with one another by creating sustained points of connection and co-mentoring among educators who generally work in isolation or shoulder the responsibility of representation in diversity efforts in the schools or districts. Open to K–12 educators of all disciplines, this Leadership Institute uses a small cohort model to facilitate reciprocal learning and accountability in personal growth for participants as they work towards honing their skills and capacity for leadership within their specific school contexts.

The institute is based on the nationally recognized Leadership Institute model from the National Writing Project. Our work will focus on three key areas of development: teachers as writers, teachers as learners, and teachers as leaders. We will engage in critical discussions, facilitate inquiry workshops, and explore current issues related to literacy education in ways that speak to areas of interest for participants. 

Sessions are held over Zoom for two hours, once a month starting in late August and ending in June with a break in December. Sessions will include small and large group discussions and inquiry workshops. Between sessions, participants will engage in personal writing and meetings with a consistent writing group, totaling 4–6 hours. Participants will finish the institute with a published piece of writing and an action plan for continuing their growth as leaders in their professional context.

About the Facilitators

Angelina Momanyi is the Language and Literacy Specialist at Lucy Laney and a licensed K–12 EL teacher. She has collaborated with the MWP in many ways including co-facilitating a number of institutes. She also works to support her fellow black, indigenous and teachers of color in a number of ways including teaching a graduate course at Augsburg University for early career teachers of color. 



Verna Wong is a teacher of multilingual learners at Champlin Park High School in Anoka-Hennepin School District. She is also a founding member of the Anoka Hennepin Teachers of Color Coalition, a union-based affinity group led by BIPOC educators/members of Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota. Her experience organizing with teachers across the state has provided opportunities for BIPOC teachers to more collectively sustain themselves in the profession. Her love of language and literacy, alongside being a mama, lay a foundation for commitment to teaching and learning.


Meeting Times

Every second Saturday from 9–11am (August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11)

Program Fee

Individual Registration: $1000

Group Discount (5 or more): $800

Participants receive one book and access to personal mentorship support throughout the school year.

CEUs: 20