Washington, DC Public Schools Micromessaging Academy (DCPS MM Academy), a professional development engagement brought to you by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, with generous support of Lockheed Martin.

Micromessages are small, subtle, often unconscious messages we send and receive in the form of word choice, gesture, treatment, or even tone of voice. These messages can be either positive (micro-affirmations) or negative (micro-inequities). Without awareness, educators, parents, other adults, and even peers may inadvertently send micro-inequities that discourage students from engaging in courses, and ultimately careers. This is particularly salient in nontraditional careers where less than 25% of one gender is represented, such as many career and technical education (CTE) and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

NAPE has developed a research-based professional development program for educators, designed to employ the power of micromessages, to improve classroom pedagogy, and increase the enrollment, retention, performance, and completion of underrepresented students in nontraditional careers.

Educators who participate in the DCPS MM Academy can earn a stipend of up to $750 and an opportunity to earn 2 undergraduate or graduate credits though NAPE’s partnership with Castleton University! Sign up today by completing the form below.