Professional Development

Professional Development

Quality professional development opportunities are essential to empowering educators with equity and access. We know as educators, you are always busy, JSPAC aims to provide engaging, professional development regional workshops, webinars, e-seminars, and an annual conference.

NOTE: The CA Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee (JSPAC) virtual sessions will be recorded. When an individual enter these events, they will be entering an area where video, audio recording and photography may occur. Your entrance into the virtual session will serve as your voluntary agreement to permit JSPAC and its affiliates, representatives and licensees to use your image, likeness, voice, and comments made by you and/or information obtained about you (including your name) for editorial, promotional, marketing or other purposes in any media now known or hereafter devised. Please submit and sign our Media/Photo Release Wavier

Humanity Matters Training Series

Do the words we use matter to students? Do racial and ethnic equity matter in driving practices and policies for Black, Indigenous, People of Color students (BIPOC)?

Response: As human beings, we gravitate to what is comfortable without being conscious of what we say and do. We leave impressions driven by our biases that devalue the humanity of others.  Compassion, kindness, empathy, mindfulness, is common humanity. 

 “Treat someone as an “end” means to treat them with the respect that they deserve as a human being- The principle of humanity - Immanuel Kant

JSPAC Humanity matter series is for the humanity of the LGTBQ+ community and Black Males perspective of the role of racial and ethnic identity have in education. These series will help practitioners in education understand others and their current lived experiences to help advance institutional social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Words matter: Building LGBTQ+ Bias Free Language Practice

A two part training on building language practices that are inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community

February 17 (2pm – 4pm) Part 1

Part one of the training will get you comfortable with understanding the difference between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. You will explore evolving terminology used to describe the community. You will discuss intersectionality and explore the relationship between the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice. You will also review relevant literature on the LGBTQ+ student experience and the important role that inclusive language plays in student success and retention.

March 3 (2pm – 4pm) Part II

Part two of the training focuses on practicing what you have learned with your colleagues. Together you will highlight actionable tips and co-develop tactical strategies that incorporates LGBTQ+ inclusive language!

Words matter: LGTBQ+ community of students’ perspective

March 24 (4pm – 5:30pm)REGISTER

This session focuses on the students of LGTBQ+ community daily intersectional experiences to include racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, macroaggressions, disproportionate bullying and the impact of our words.


Behind the scenes of WBL: The Work in Workbase Learning 

May (16, 2022) 3:30pm - 5:00pm PST

This webinar brings together an in-demand inclusive discussion about the Behind the Scenes of WBL, the work in Workbase Learning.  This session will be vibrant, transparent sharing on the commonalities, differences of Secondary and Post-Secondary WBL from Humboldt County Office of Education Court and Community Schools (HCOE), Two Feathers Native American Family Services, Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC), San Diego Continuing Education, and San Diego Mesa College.


 Reimagining education student voice series

Students have the greatest stake in their education but little to no say about their authentic learning experience. These webinar series is led by students on their views of reimagining education, gender bias free, equity among ethic groups.  These sessions is for administrators, faculty, counselors, students, DEI coordinators, Deans, Professional Development coordinators, to listen to their perspectives of  education in areas of shaping policy, technology, teaching practices, recruitment and enrollment, curriculum content and delivery and inequities/equity in education, use of language and the impact on students.

          Our Black/African Male Community College Students  

          Our Inclusive High School Students

          Our Latinx Female Community College School Students

          Our LGTBQ + Students

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