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March 19, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

The Power of Self-Reflection: Helping Educators Create Identity Safety and Belonging in Schools


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The Power of Self-Reflection: Helping Educators Create Identity Safety and Belonging in Schools


March 19, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT






Grade Level PreK, Grades K-12, Professional Development

About This Webinar

Our students are increasingly diverse, with a rich mixture of social identities (race, ethnicity, culture, language, religion, gender, sexuality, and more), including an epic number who have had adverse childhood experiences. With this as our backdrop, our task as educators is to use strength-based, multifaceted strategies to support all students to feel safe, valued, and competent and create identity safe spaces where their identities are validated and they feel a sense of belonging. Educator self-reflection is one of the most helpful means for strengthening our professional practice to support identity safety. By reflecting on our own social identities, we can examine our lived experiences, values, and beliefs so we may best support and honor the multidiverse experiences of our students. In this session, we will ask: How can we strengthen our practice through self-reflection? What tools can help teams of educators engage in self-reflection together?

In this 2024 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session, participants will:

  •  Learn about identity safe teaching and the value of educator’s identity self-reflection to strengthen our professional practice.
  • Discuss the benefits of exploring and reducing implicit and explicit biases to better support our students’ sense of identity safety, belonging, and achievement.
  • Identify strategies that educators can use to collaboratively reflect on our identities, values, and beliefs in ways that bridge differences and foster empathy, compassion, and collaboration.
  • Review tools and resources for teams of educators to put into practice to engage in self-reflection on our identities and experiences that you can put right into practice at school.


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Education and Support Professionals

Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD. is a consultant and curriculum specialist who provides professional development and expertise on topics of identity safety, culturally responsive teaching, and bullying prevention. She spent over 35 years as a Spanish bilingual teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent in pre-K-12 rural, urban, and suburban school districts. Becki co-authored the best-selling book Identity Safe Classrooms K-5: Places to Belong and Learn. Subsequently, she co-authored Identity Safe Classrooms Grades 6-12: Pathways to Belonging and Learning and Belonging and Inclusion in Identity Safe Schools: A Guide for Educational Leaders. In addition, she has published book chapters and numerous articles. Her newest book, co-authored with Debbie Zacarian, Identity Safe Spaces at Home and School: Partnering to Overcome Inequity, will be released in Early 2024. She has produced films and curriculum guides, including Our Family, A Film About Family Diversity, and the Guide to Bullying Prevention for Law Enforcement for the Department of Justice. She was hosted twice at the White House by President Obama’s education staff and has worked as a consultant in over 150 schools across the U.S. 

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

In addition, Share My Lesson has arrangements in place as follows:



Final 2-26-24 Share My Lesson Self Reflection.pdf

March 19, 2024
6.88 MB

Participant Guide - Power of Self-Reflection.docx

March 19, 2024
2.89 MB
1 Reviews
Awesome conference.
I am so glad this is been done, and it is granting access worldwide. Thank you!