Facilitated by Heather Jefferson and Julie Mauermann

Bellingham Public Schools staff and other community members who have completed initial REACH training will continue to use the foundational principles of REACH while exploring:

  • Historical elements that influence our perspective of progress toward equity
  • Power and Privilege
  • Discomfort, Fragility and Growth Mindset
  • Sphere of Impact

BPS staff can register in advance through their schools.  Other community members can register on a space-available basis at the Conference.

About the facilitators

Heather Jefferson is a Lummi tribal member who was raised on the land and has fished the same waters her ancestors have since time immemorial. Her BA in elementary education has given her the privileged opportunity to experience both the traditional way of learning as well as the Western way of learning, allowing her to understand and convey the unique perspective of her experience as a Coast Salish Native. Heather shares this perspective as a REACH trainer, teacher, and consultant on ACES, NeuroScience, and Resiliency.

Julie Mauermann has worked in the early childhood field for 30 years, implementing programming in public school, college, and public library settings. She challenges herself personally and professionally to open up conversations about oppression and privilege and the new awareness, planning and actions that need to take place to build a lasting, inclusive society. Julie continues to uncover how her white and class privileges function to hold systems of oppression in place. She is a REACH trainer.

Primary Audience

Adults: Educators, Human Rights / Social Justice Professionals, Community