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So You Want to Talk About Race - Book Club Week 1


April 10, 2021
9:00 AM CDT - 10:30 AM CDT
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So You Want to Talk About Race Book Club 

The book club will be led by Sheryl Shields

Starting on Saturday, April 10 from 9 am - 10:30 am

We will meet for 5 weeks for an hour and a half each week

Earning 5 CC and 2.25 RD for all 5 sessions 

Each session will earn 1 CC and .50 RD



During our time together, we will focus on the following Core Competencies:  4 (Cultivates Trust and Safety), 6 (Listens Actively), 7 (Evokes Awareness), and 8 (Facilitates Clients Growth).

The book club will run Five weeks: April 10 through May 8 from 9-10:30 am. We’re adding 30 minutes for those who want to have a personal conversation with others in the class. It’s beneficial to have these difficult conversations with a small group of diverse participants to contextualize the text and learned experiences of others. 

Click here to purchase a copy of the book.

5 Weeks

Week 1: Introduction, Chapters 1-3

Week 2: Chapters 4-7

Week 3: Chapters 8-11

Week 4: Chapters 12-14

Week 5: Chapters 15-17   

4. Cultivates Trust and Safety               

Definition: Partners with the client to create a safe, supportive environment that allows the client to share freely. Maintains a relationship of mutual respect and trust.               

  1. Seeks to understand the client within their context, which may include their identity, environment, experiences, values, and beliefs

  2. Demonstrates respect for the client’s identity, perceptions, style, and language and adapts one's coaching to the client

  3. Acknowledges and respects the client's unique talents, insights, and work in the coaching process

  4. Shows support, empathy, and concern for the client

  5. Acknowledges and supports the client’s expression of feelings, perceptions, concerns, beliefs, and suggestions

  6. Demonstrates openness and transparency as a way to display vulnerability and build trust with the client.           

6. Listens Actively

Definition: Focuses on what the client is and is not saying to fully understand what is being communicated in the context of the client systems and to support client self-expression.           

  1. Considers the client’s context, identity, environment, experiences, values, and beliefs to enhance understanding of what the client is communicating


7. Evokes Awareness               

Definition: Facilitates client insight and learning by using tools and techniques such as powerful questioning, silence, metaphor, or analogy               

  1. Considers client experience when deciding what might be most useful

  2. Challenges the client as a way to evoke awareness or insight

  3. Asks questions about the client, such as their way of thinking, values, needs, wants, and beliefs

  4. Asks questions that help the client explore beyond current thinking.

  5. Invites the client to share more about their experience in the moment.

8. Facilitates Client Growth

Definition: Partners with the client to transform learning and insight into action. Promotes client autonomy in the coaching process.

  1. Works with the client to integrate new awareness, insight, or learning in to their worldview and behaviors.

  2. Partners with the client to design goals, actions, and accountability measures that integrate and expand new learning.

  3. Acknowledges and supports client autonomy in the design of goals, actions, and methods of accountability.

  4. Supports the client in identifying potential results or learning from identified action steps

Invites the client to consider how to move forward, including resources, support, and potential barriers. 

About Sheryl:

Sheryl is an Executive Coach who’s passionate about helping teachers and school administrators live healthier and happier lives. Sheryl leads various training sessions, workshops and classes on creating a positive classroom environment, how to battle burnout, ways to rekindle your passion, and techniques on working with difficult students and staff.  She uses various Emotional Intelligence methods to help her clients identify and manage their emotions, which reduces stress and creates a positive school climate. 

Sheryl earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership and Coaching from Lewis University in 2017, a week before retiring from a 20 year teaching career. She has taught various workshops and classes for Chicago Public Schools, Joliet Township District 204, Community High School District 218, and Lewis University.  She published “Teaching can kill you: How to survive and BE HAPPE in the classroom” in 2015.

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