Deeper Knowledge + Hands-On Practice

6 days of training: July 11-14 + July 17-18

8:30 am - 6:00 pm (meals included)

Scholarships Available

Challenging Racism:Learning to Lead
More details about the facilitator training

In Challenging Racism:Learning to Lead, we are building knowledge, skills and a supportive network of parents and community people who can talk about race themselves, and lead conversations with others. To build that network for the future, we need to build connections among the training group. We need time to know each other’s stories and to debrief the many activities and practices that we try each day. Meals together give us the chance to build a team. 

We hope you will join us and apply to become a Challenging Racism facilitator this year. 

6 Days of training, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Wednesday, July 12
  • Thursday, July 13
  • Friday, July 14
  • Monday, July 17
  • Tuesday, July 18

 Participants are expected to attend all 6 days of training, for the full time (8:30 am - 6:00 pm)


  • Rock Springs Congregational Church, Neighborhood House
    5010 Little Falls Road
    Arlington, VA 22207

Group Size:    

  • 12-15 Arlington parents and community members


The costs are straightforward: hourly payment for the facilitators, expenses for the facilitators handbook for Challenging Racism: Learning How  parent and community workshops and the Challenging Racism:Learning to Lead participant workbook, books and materials and meals.  

What is Included?

  • The full time training skills of two facilitators.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Materials are also provided. Participants will go home with a copy of the curriculum and facilitator’s guide for the Challenging Racism:Learning How workshops for APS parents along with other resources.


  • If you or your organization cannot pay the full fee, please explain in writing or call. Submit the application so that we know about you.  Please let us know how much of the cost you could pay. We will make every effort to get the balance of your costs paid when you are accepted into the training. We are beginning fundraising efforts, so no promises. But this is our intent.
  • If you or your organization can provide a scholarship to another applicant, we would be grateful.
  • Arlington Public Schools may be supporting this training to the extent of paying full tuition for a few current APS parents willing to facilitate APS Challenging Racism conversations. We will know about this possibility when the APS budget is approved in May. There is a section on the application for current APS parents to note their interest in these spaces.

Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead:

  • This training will prepare you to co-facilitate discussions on race, second language, immigration, the achievement gaps, institutional racism, and other issues related to race and privilege.
  • The curriculum used to practice facilitation in this training is Challenging Racism: Learning How, developed for APS parent workshops on race that support eliminating the achievement gaps. A participant in this year’s parent conversations using the curriculum wrote: “it has been extraordinarily eye-opening… I learned just how much issues with race impact everything from teacher selection and perceptions of (student) competence to gifted and talented selection…”  Another parent wrote that “understanding the historical (government, banking, real estate, etc.) underpinning and support for institutional and societal racism was eye-opening…” (See for more testimonials from the participant survey done in 2013.)
  • The curriculum and materials are adaptable to other settings. The facilitation skills are applicable in meetings of any kind because the design helps you plan and facilitate meetings that move to action.
  • You will work with experienced facilitators. The preparation will be both in content and practice.
  • The class will include two days of Results Based Facilitation (RBF) training, a nationally recognized facilitation and leadership development program. The RBF training will be used to practice the Challenging Racism: Learning How curriculum. (What is Results Based Facilitation (RBF)?)
  • Results Based Facilitation (RBF) is a specific, hands-on method that enables people to practice the skills for getting different and better results in their meetings and conversations. The method is useful in one-on-one conversations, small groups, and large groups whether you are a meeting participant or meeting facilitator.
  • We aim to connect you to Arlington history from the Civil War to the present with a focus on the groups of people that live here, and their interactions.
  • You will be connected to a network of facilitators and others doing this work of education, training and moving to action around race, second language, immigration, privilege and other issues.
  • Our goal is to help build a healing community in Arlington where all people can communicate honestly about race, institutional racism, and privilege.
  • People who have completed the APS parent workshops on talking about racism (including Challenge Racism: Learning How through Stories and Conversations), or the APS training for teachers currently called Becoming Culturally Competent will find this training to be a natural next step.

The lead facilitator for Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead, Marty Swaim, has over 10 years of experience facilitating Challenging Racism, Results Based Facilitation, and APS teacher training. She is a certified Results Based Facilitation trainer.  (Read more about Marty Swaim). Co-facilitator, Shari Benites, is an experienced facilitator who has been with Arlington Public Schools for over 20 years.  She is the Minority Achievement Coordinator at Yorktown High School and also Yorktown’s Director, Center for Leadership and Public Service. Her work includes facilitating Cultural Competence training for staff, helping develop culturally responsive curriculum, and creating safe spaces for students to discuss issues of race and equity.   (Read more about Shari Benites). Marty and Shari will be joined by other facilitators and special guests. 

Steven Jones, Ph.D., the Co-Founder of Results Based Facilitation (RBF) Network and founder of SEJ Consulting will assist in the training.  Steven has held senior leadership positions in private and public organizations leading change efforts, with 25 years’ experience providing facilitation, coaching and training to organizations focused on building more effective workplaces. He develops coaching and training protocols that transform people’s skills in the areas of leadership, team building, communication, systemic change, and diversity management.

The Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead application deadline is Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Applicants will be notified by Friday, June 9, 2017.

Please apply for Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead online or mail your completed form to Marty Swaim at 621 N Kenmore Street, Arlington, VA, 22201.  (If you miss the application deadline, please contact us to see if the group is full.  If there is space, we will consider your application). 

 Questions:  Please contact Marty Swaim at 703-525-3475 or email us.

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July 2017 Facilitator Training - Deadline June 1

Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead
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