BMEA to Launch Wellness Community for Black Detroit Principals

As educators continue to recover from the COVID-19 health pandemic, which unearthed a variety of racial inequities and trauma, BMEA has partnered with The Skillman Foundation to create a learning community centered on wellness and support.

The inaugural cohort of the Principal Wellness Professional Learning Community (PWPLC) will help Black Detroit principals develop ways of deepening their capacity to alleviate their stressors and adopt a self-care plan; identify areas of professional growth; and create brave spaces for change within their school that nurtures the mental and emotional wellbeing of the students, teachers, and families.

“The pandemic presented challenges and stressors for the entire system. Educators, like families, were affected putting school leaders in the position of being caregivers of all,” said Dr. Curtis Lewis, the CEO of BMEA.

“We’re honored to partner with Skillman for this program that will principals develop self-care strategies while creating environments that promote wellness community and schoolwide.”

Participants will receive a stipend for their participation to offset the time investment this opportunity requires.
The program structure also includes:
Monthly Group Sessions: 4-hour/session; In-person + virtual; Held on weekends
– One-on-One Coaching: 1 hour/month; Virtual; Based on personal schedules
– Group Text Messaging: On-Going Check-Ins and Support

Dr. Lewis took lead in developing the curriculum in partnership with Dr. Rema Vassar, a former teacher, counselor, administrator, and community organizer. Dr. Vassar is currently a Trustee at Michigan State University and an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University, where she co-launched an equity and justice certificate program for school practitioners.

Her educational consulting company, Every Student Learning, helps schools and professionals understand how to integrate race, racism, and critical consciousness.

The opportunity is open to Black male and female principals, and the deadline to apply July 16, 2021.

The simplified application process includes submission of a resume, letter of support, and answering three open-ended questions.

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