The BVR Institute is a full day of professional learning for all Beaver faculty and staff.

At Beaver, our focus is first and foremost on students. To achieve this goal, our professional learning series of opportunities focus on the student experience, the faculty/staff experience, pedagogical approaches, and the future of teaching for learning at Beaver as part of our continuous improvement and next practice mindset. Though their impact may not always be directly on the classroom, our staff are intentionally part of planning for these experiences because their work also directly impacts the experiences of our students and families.

2021 BVR Institute

When it is:
March 29, 2021, from 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m.

Where it is:
Virtual. You are not required to be on campus. That said, you are absolutely welcome to come to campus if you like; breakfast and lunch will be available to anyone who is in the building.

The focus:
Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) are integral parts of a student-centered approach. There could not be an authentic student-centered approach without DEI and CRP. Though not always openly mentioned in our work, they are at the core of what we should be doing when we talk about all that needs to be done to ensure the most authentically successful experience of every student at Beaver. No matter what.

For systematic change, it’s important to identify all the components that make up that system. At Beaver, our system is based on the work of all the adults in the community. Through our work, we all as a school have a connection to—and an impact on—the students and families at Beaver. Creating opportunities for self-reflection and learning focused on DEIJ work is how we do better, evolve to meet the needs of our community, and start to change the system.

The 2021 BVR Institute is one of those opportunities.

Pre-work: Here's what to do before Monday

✅  Fill out this identity development inventory form by Friday, March 26 to share your honest observations based on your experience. The information you share is important as it will serve as a good assessment of our common experience with DEI work and it will help inform our work moving forward. Please note: this form is anonymous.

✅ Consider the following questions:

  • What aspect of my identity do I think about the most when approaching DEI work? The least?
  • Identify an example of historic and systematic ‘ism’ and oppression in my work to examine today. How does it impact you and those around you?
  • What aspects of my identity must be considered as I consider actions/next steps/solutions today?
  • How is DEI work an integral part of my work at Beaver? What support do I need to make it so?

✅ Take a look at your workshop options. Some of them have pre-work attached.

2021 Workshop Choices