Training sessions offered

  • Foundations of Engagement – Alyssa Florwick

    • Foundations of Engagement is a set of modules developed through a cross-campus collaboration which provides an opportunity to explore essential questions related to community engagement. In this introductory session, we address topics of identity and positionality, power and partnerships, and root cause analysis. This training is offered through the Duke Office of Civic Engagement, part of the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs.
  • Emergent Literacy – Erin Clark

    • Erin Clark will support you in your exploration of how to approach children in the emergent stage of literacy development.  The specific focus is on behaviors in language development, reading, and writing as well as strategies for authentically connecting to the affective filters of children in order to form safe relationships for learning. 
  • Middle School Math – Luke Carman

  • Middle School Development  – Luke Carman

  • English Language Learners – Alaina Burr

    • This session will focus on creating welcoming spaces for English language learners, best practices for language learning, and how students demonstrate language mastery in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to achieve academic success.
  • Using Math Modules K-2 and 3-5 – Jenny Keegan

    • In this session you will learn strategies to support your students to not only find success with their math but to feel confident too! You will leave with some practical hands-on games and strategies to help any of your mathematicians!
  • Racial Equity – Iwinosa Idahor

    • This session will focus on providing students with an overview of the importance of understanding and advancing equitable educational experiences for students from historically marginalized groups. This learning opportunity will be facilitated through an engaging look at data and an exploration of our own positionality, discussing the potential impact on students.
  • Social-Emotional Support for Children – Aja Johnson

Our trainers

Alyssa Florwick

Alyssa Florwick (they/them) is the Senior Program Coordinator for Campus Engagement. They consult campus members on community engagement preparation and advise Duke Partnership for Service, a student governance group for community engagement.

Erin Clark

Erin Clark MEd, NBCT, is a literacy specialist with career experience teaching and coaching, at both school and district levels, in urban settings.  She is a Literacy Learning Leader for North Carolina, a mentor for beginning teachers, and an advocate for underrepresented populations in public education.  Erin successfully develops reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities for students from kindergarten through adulthood with the use of research-based strategies. 

Luke Carman

Luke Carman is a current PhD candidate in Math Education at NC State University and a University Supervisor for student teachers at UNC Chapel Hill. He is the former Director of Middle School Programs at Student U, and a former math teacher in Chicago Public Schools.

Alaina Burr

Alaina Burr is the Assistant Principal of the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. She is a NC native with 17 years’ experience in education. During her fourteen years as an ESL teacher, she provided instruction in all core content areas before becoming a Teaching and Learning Coach to support in-person and virtual instruction. Read more about Alaina here.

Jenny Keegan

Jenny Keegan is a current K-5 Math Coach for Durham Public Schools.  She specializes in equipping teachers with the knowledge and resources to implement engaging math lessons for all students. 

Iwinosa Idahor

Dr. Iwinosa Idahor serves as the Student Engagement and Opportunity Coordinator in the Office of Equity & Professional Development in Durham Public Schools. In this role, she primarily provides support and facilitates additional professional learning for We Are KINGS/We Are QUEENS coordinators across the district, along with learning opportunities for students. Along with supporting coordinators, in collaboration with various stakeholders, she also supports the development, implementation and evaluation of equity-focused initiatives that center students from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. Her myriad of experiences with students include work at the K-12 and college levels, in traditional and non-traditional educational settings. 

Aja Johnson

Aja Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and the owner of Latitude Family Services, PLLC. Aja has extensive experience working with school aged children/young adults and advocacy work within Durham Public Schools. In 2021 Aja won School Counselor of the year. After working with DPS for nine years, Aja transitioned to private practice in June of 2022 and serves the greater Durham community.