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908 Make It Meaningful: The Power of Culturally Relevant Learning

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET
Thursday, December 7

Feeling seen, heard, and supported makes showing up to work every day a special experience. In a post-COVID world where many people experience social isolation, rebuilding community and culture in the workplace is needed more now than ever.

This interactive session will explore the impact that culturally relevant onboarding and professional learning can have on retention and workplace culture. The conversation will begin with data and examples of culturally relevant teaching and learning in a workplace setting. Participants will be able to engage in an interactive conversation to further explore ways that culturally relevant practices can be utilized in various settings. We will focus on how to implement practices to build and maintain a positive workplace culture and engage in a variety of community building activities that transition through the four stages of relational capacity.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The four stages of relational capacity
  • Methods to explore community building activities
  • How to develop a welcoming work environment that allows employees to feel seen, heard, and valued
  • How developing a positive culture assists in developing leaders and breaking down barriers

Shantel Dixon


Santa Fe Public Schools

Shantel Dixon is a school administrator and professional learning facilitator in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in educational psychology through the University of New Mexico where her focus research is on employee retention and progressive performance. Shantel has been both a keynote speaker and professional learning facilitator both within the field of education and at outside organizations, and she is an alumnus of the Learning Guild’s Thirty Under 30 program. She is a lifelong learner who continuously strives to better herself, engage in learning, and act as a leader within her community.