Staff Trainings

The adults who work in our schools play an important role in ensuring a safe environment for all our students. To help achieve this, the Civil Rights Team Project offers trainings for school administrators, faculty, and support staff.

In-Service Training: Challenging Bias and Harassment in Our Schools

Suggested Audience: Any adults who work with students in elementary, middle level, and/or high schools. All Maine schools are eligible for this service, free of charge.

Time Commitment: 3 full hours, which includes breaks.

In-Service Description:

All students should feel safe, welcome, and respected in school. When they don’t, they struggle to learn. The mission of the Civil Rights Team Project is to increase the safety of all Maine students by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in our schools. We do this by helping schools think and talk about civil rights issues; those related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression) and sexual orientation.

Is this an anti-bullying workshop?

No. That answer surprises many people, but the Civil Rights Team Project focuses specifically on issues of bias. Bullying and bias are sometimes connected, but they are not the same thing. This distinction is an important part of this training.

Bullying and bias are sometimes connected, but they are not the same thing. This distinction is an important part of this training.

Other Training Options:

While the official in-service training is our preferred option, schools may be able to arrange for shorter and more informal training sessions with the Civil Rights Team Project.

If you are interested in scheduling the Civil Rights Team Project for a training session, in-service or otherwise, please contact:

Brandon Baldwin
Project Director
brandon.baldwin@maine.gov