BMEA Announces Wellness Program for Black Principals in Detroit

A recent Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey revealed that over 70% of principals experience workplace stress. Data points are even higher for Black principals; all of whom are Inundated with responsibilities for hundreds of school-aged children, personnel perplexities, and emotional anxiety. That was pre-coronavirus. 

BMEA proudly announces the 2021 Principal Wellness Professional Learning Community (PWPLC), an 11-month experience for Black Detroit principals dealing with the COVID-19 health pandemic and the racial inequities and trauma that this public health issue has exposed.

Black principals will 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.

“We are thankful for the Skillman Foundation funding this program to will help us lead an inaugural cohort of 20 (10 men and 10 women) dynamic school leaders in the discovery and implementation of wellness strategies that support professional and personal wellness.”

Dr. Curtis Lewis, CEO
Black Male Educators Alliance

The program structure includes:

  • Monthly Group Sessions:  4 hours per session; In-person + virtual; Held on weekends
  • One-on-One Coaching: 1 hour per month; Virtual; Based on personal schedules
  • Group Text Messaging: On-Going Check-Ins and Support
  • Stipend: To help offset the time investment this opportunity requires
Dr. Rema Vassar
Trustee, MSU
Assoc Professor, EMU

Dr. Lewis took lead in developing this program in collaboration with Dr. Rema (Reynolds) Vassar, They will co-facilitate the program. Dr. Rema is a former teacher, counselor, administrator, and community organizer and has done everything from clean to lead schools.

Dr. Rema 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.

Apply by July 23, 2021!


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