Opening Up Brave Spaces for Students

A Summer 2022 Workshop for Teachers

Before we can expect or encourage students to open up about tough topics, the adults in the room need to make their own paths through. 
  • How do we work with colleagues we may not agree with? 
  • Can we ensure that we as a team of educators have explored our own comfort levels before engaging the students? 
  • Is there a way to embrace discomfort as teachers in order to deepen the conversation with students? 
In this in-person workshop, we will share our experiences as educators developing and implementing culturally responsive teaching. Examining events in American history will be the catalyst for examining how we talk to others about race, sexual orientation, wealth, and intelligence. 

Attendees will learn to guide themselves and others through discussions about sensitive topics using a process that allows for truth-telling while still preserving collegial relationships. You will leave with strategies and materials that will allow you to establish understandings with co-workers and model the process for students. 

Workshop Details

Dates: July 19 & 20, 2022
Time: 9:30am - 3pm ET
Location: Shorecrest Preparatory School, Charger Commons 2nd floor, Ohana Community Room 
Cost: $200 early bird pricing until May 30; then $250.

Your Instructor: Roderick Avery Fludd

Roderick Avery Fludd, a Columbia, South Carolina native, came to Shorecrest to be the school’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He has more than 20 years of experience in education, and 15 years in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. Roderick received his B.S. in Mathematics from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, and his Masters in Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.

For 10 years, Roderick held multiple positions at The Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, CT, including Mathematics Department Chair and Director of Diversity Programs and Community Life. Prior to GCDS, Roderick taught middle school math at the Brentwood School in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, he has coached JV/Varsity softball since he began teaching.

An avid collector of bow ties, cufflinks and watches, Roderick is a lifelong Dodgers fan and roots for the Utah Jazz. He lives with his wife Sara in St. Petersburg, FL.

Continuing Education Credit

We will provide continuing education certificates at the end of the workshop that will certify the work you undertook in each session.

About St. Pete

Enjoy time in sunny St. Petersburg - a fabulous travel destination with amazing arts, culture, and award-winning beaches. Bring your family and take advantage of summer camps right on the same campus for little ones! When you are done for the day, you can find kayaking, paddleboarding, outlet malls, thrill rides, bike paths, and delicious local restaurants. The beach is minutes away and Orlando theme parks are less than 2 hours away. [Learn more.]

School Information

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191
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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.