Challenging Racism: Learning How through Stories and Conversation

NSEA would like to invite you to take part in an exciting professional development program offered by NSEA that is focused on building stronger relationships with students of color and deepening an understanding of race, racism and equity. Challenging Racism: Learning How through Stories and Conversation offers participants a comprehensive study of race, racism, and equity through facilitated conversations built upon facts, stories, reflection and relationships. The sessions provide a safe space for normalizing conversations about race, practice in listening to people with whom one disagrees, and preparation for conducting difficult conversations for positive change. These sessions put talk into action!

In addition to the Challenging Racism content, participants will build relationships with other NSEA members, practice their active listening and conversation skills, and expand their perspective of the students and families with whom they work. The sessions, and the required readings in between, give educators opportunities to reflect on their practice and to plan how to implement what they learn in their classrooms. These conversations contribute to an inclusive school/work environment where diverse staff and students feel acknowledged and respected for their own stories and personal experiences. Moving forward, several of the 16 NSEA members participating in this training will have the opportunity to become Challenging Racism facilitators in Nebraska through further training in the summer of 2020. 

To participate in the Challenging Racism program, participants must agree to attend all 9 sessions. We will offer two separate cohort groups for Challenging Racism:

  1. One cohort group will be held at NSEA in Lincoln:
    Location: 605 South 14th Street, Lincoln, NE (NSEA Building)     
    Sundays in Fall 2019 (ALL 1 - 4 pm): Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24
    Spring 2020: Saturday, Jan. 11 (1 - 4 pm), Sunday, Jan. 26 (9 am - 4 pm), Saturday, Feb. 8 (9 am - 4 pm), Saturday, Feb. 22 (1 - 4 pm)
  2. One cohort group will be on the dates listed below at a location to be determined (if applicants are from a specific geographic area; i.e. – if we have 16 participants near Norfolk, we would hold the class in Norfolk).
    Location: TBD
    Sundays in Fall 2019 (ALL 1 - 4 pm): Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 8
    Spring 2020: Saturday, Jan. 11 (1 - 4 pm), Sunday, Jan. 26 (9 am - 4 pm), Saturday, Feb. 8 (9 am - 4 pm), Saturday, Feb. 22 (1 - 4 pm)

For every session, some reading and reflective writing is required. NSEA will cover all training costs and provide travel stipends for those traveling more than 30 miles (no mileage and no lodging will be provided). 

There are 16 spaces available for EACH cohort group. If you are interested, please complete an application here (  You will be notified by September 1st if you have been accepted to join the Challenging Racism program for 2019-20.

If you have any questions, please contact NSEA Teaching and Learning specialist Cindy Copich at or 402-875-2123.