Join Our Conversation on Anti-Racism Work in School Communities

Thursday, March 25th
Thursday, April 22nd
Thursday, May 20th

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Creating an anti-racist classroom environment is critical for all educators, but where does one start? As people gain more understanding and knowledge around this topic, it is essential to have diverse examples and perspectives from thought leaders, administrators, advocates, and students on discussing bias, race, and racism in school communities.

Join us for a complimentary three-part webinar series where you can listen and engage in the conversation around anti-racism work in education.
 
Don’t miss our monthly, 45-minute informative discussions.

Topics include:

Looking at the Big Picture: Examining Systems, Structures & Routines, and Sharing Equitable Alternatives
Please join us:
Thursday, March 25th
11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET  

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Practical DEI Strategies for Administrators & Leaders: Discussing Barriers, Blind-spots and Biases, and Celebrating the Diversity of Students and Their Families
Please join us:
Thursday, April 22nd
11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET     

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Practical DEI Strategies for Teachers: Identifying Common Micro-aggressions and Implementing New Strategies to Foster Inclusion
Please join us:
Thursday, May 20th  
11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

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Panelists

Dr. Joseph Flynn (Panelist on 3/25)

Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Center for Black Studies

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Illinois University

Dr. Joseph Flynn is the Associate Director for Academic Affairs for the Center for Black Studies and an associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Northern Illinois University. He is also a past-president of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum and has founded the three-day Social Justice Summer Camp for Educators at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Flynn’s book, White Fatigue: Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice (Peter Lang, 2018), has been awarded the O.L. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award from the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. 

Catherine Wigginton Greene (Panelist on 3/25 & 4/22)

Executive Director of Content and Engagement, Point Made Learning

Catherine Wigginton Greene is a connecter, committed to using stories and play-based experiences to strengthen human relationships and make change in the world. She directed the feature documentary I'm Not Racist...Am I? and wrote, directed and produced Look Deeper: Race - a 3.5-hour digital, interactive course on race and racism. She currently serves as Executive Director of Content and Engagement with Point Made Learning, a consulting firm focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion education. Catherine grew up in Denver, Colorado; earned a BA in history and Spanish from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and an MS in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Yolanda Valdez (Panelist on 3/25, 4/22 & 5/20)

Superintendent, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District Orosi, CA

Mrs. Yolanda Valdez grew up in the small community of Orosi, CA and attended the entire Cutler-Orosi educational system.  She attended College of the Sequoias and Fresno State University where she received her Associate's Degree and Bachelors of Arts Degree along with her elementary teaching credential.  Mrs. Valdez’s lifelong dream was to become a principal and continued attending Fresno State University where she successfully completed her Master’s Degree and Administrative Service Credential.  Throughout her career she has held numerous administrative roles including Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and for the past seven years as Superintendent of the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District. Mrs. Valdez has been recognized for her exceptional leadership numerous times including the KSEE Portraits of Success, ACSA Co-Administrator, ACSA Principal, ACSA Superintendent and the Tulare County Hispanic Leadership Network Administrator of the Year Award. 

 

Dot Kowal (Panelist on 4/22)

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director of College Counseling at Sonoma Academy

Dot Kowal is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Sonoma Academy and consults for various schools in the Bay Area. She has co-facilitated workshops and retreats spanning topics of inclusion dashboarding to track student sense of belonging, the role of the APISA (Asian Pacifica Islander Southeast Asian) educators in the Black Lives Matter Movement, and anti-bias parenting. Dot is a licensed psychotherapist and seasoned independent school administrator.

André Robert Lee (Panelist on 4/22)

Film Maker, Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Writer, and Educator

André is a Film Maker, Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Writer, and Educator. He has committed his entire career to building an army of change agents. His process includes Many Things; New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, Diana Ross, BET, Universal, PBS, HBO, Sundance, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks. André directed and produced The Prep School Negro and took it on a worldwide tour over the past 12 years. André’s served as producer on the documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I? He also teaches Filmmaking at the Germantown Friends School, has worked with the school to develop a film program for Middle and Upper School and has served as a Professor of writing at The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

Lyric Reed (Panelist on 4/22)

Honors College Sophomore, The University of Arizona

Lyric Reed is from Gilbert, AZ and is currently enrolled and in her sophomore year at The University of Arizona Honors College, majoring in both Political Science and Psychology. She serves as the Vice President of Panhellenic Relations and Director of Diversity & Inclusion Committee of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi.  She is a member in the academic organizations Phi Alpha Delta and Psi Chi. Lyric is an activist against racism targeted at marginalized communities and advocates for diversity and inclusion in scholarly as well as social settings. 

 

Sacha Heymann (Panelist on 5/22)

Program Associate, League of Conservation Voters

Sacha Heymann is a Program Associate at the League of Conservation Voters, a national environmental non-profit. His work primarily focuses on delivering resources and trainings to the organization’s 30 state-level partners, as well as supporting racial justice and equity work throughout the organization. Sacha graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, with a concentration on Race and Education Policy. While a student, he served as a student leader and organizer in the Roosevelt Network, a progressive student-run advocacy group with chapters on college campuses across the country. He will be attending Berkeley Law in the fall, where he hopes to further a career centered on policy, advocacy, and social justice.

Marcus Curry (Panelist on 5/20)

Instructional Supervisor, Edgenuity

Marcus Curry is an Instructional Supervisor for Edgenuity. Prior to becoming an Instructional Supervisor, he was a high school English teacher for several years. He has taught in diverse settings in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Maryland. He is a writer, spoken word artist, husband and father.

Tammy Wilder (Moderator)

Corporate Counsel, Weld North Education

Tammy Wilder serves as Corporate Counsel for Weld North Education and is a member of its DEI Council. A perpetual student, she’s constantly seeking ways to effect positive change in her own life as well as the lives of those she is privileged to impact. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC and Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA.