This virtual convening will help you reflect upon and sharpen your culturally responsive teaching. The event ended, but you can still click the "Registration" button to purchase access to the full program which includes:

(2) 30-minute keynote presentations from Liz Kleinrock and Abdul Wright.
(6) 60-minute breakout sessions from nationally recognized teacher leaders.
(7) Resource lists that include teaching tools and presentations.
Best practices in both online and remote teaching utilizing culturally responsive teaching practices from nationally recognized educators (who are currently teaching).
Access to high-quality culturally relevant instructional materials (used by real educators in their classrooms).

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12:00-12:10: Welcome  Bob Williams and Hanna Vaandering

12:10-12:40: Seizing the Moment  Liz Kleinrock

12:45-1:45: Breakout Sessions

  1. Discourse and Advocacy: The Intersection of Race, Data and Mathematics Instruction Alex Kajitani, Tyrone Holmes, Claudia Salinas
  2. Haa Ḵusteeyí: An Exemplar from Alaska on Culturally Responsive Teaching Lorrie Heagy and Rose Willard
  1. Culturally Responsive and Sustaining ELA Classrooms
    Geneviève DeBose

2:00-2:55: Breakout Sessions

  1. The Equity Check-Up: How Do I Know if My Practices are Aligned?
    Monica Washington
  2. Centering the Margins through Curriculum and Pedagogy
    Leigh Ann Erickson and Michelle Cottrell-Williams
  3. Finding Equity: Shifting Power Structures in Your Classroom
    Qorsho Hassan

3:00-3:30: Grounded in the Culture: What it Means to be a Culturally Responsive Practitioner   Abdul Wright

*All times listed are in Eastern Time.











Liz Kleinrock

Keynote Speaker

Seizing the Moment

We need to be seizing this moment to focus on dismantling oppressive systems in education and pushing back against those practices that have been normalized in our culture. The time is now to develop an anti-bias and anti-racist lens as an educator.

Abdul Wright

Keynote Speaker

Grounded in the Culture: What it Means to be a Culturally Responsive Practitioner

In this keynote, we will explore the interconnectedness of institutional and structural systems and how those have infiltrated education and impeded the progress of equity. We will intentionally reflect on the lived impact that change agents have when they are grounded in culturally responsive mindsets, systems. And most importantly, we will discuss the call to dismantling educational systems that amplify oppressive practices that stymie the growth of young people we seek to enable and empower.

Breakout Session

Discourse and Advocacy: The Intersection of Race, Data and Mathematics Instruction

Districts all over the nation are wrestling with the clear and present danger of inequities in our educational system. The access gap is very real. Many talented teachers and educational leaders have realized that the goal of equity requires honest insight into the current content knowledge of students, increased bias awareness, and a sincere shift in instructional design. In this workshop, participants will explore the combinations of data that lead to targeted teacher actions. Attendees will explore ways that prerequisite data can increase access to grade level content. This will be practical, transformative, inspirational, and fun!

Tyrone Holmes

Claudia Salinas

Alex Kajitani

Breakout Session

Haa Ḵusteeyí: An Exemplar from Alaska on Culturally Responsive Teaching

How can educators contribute to systemic change in their classroom, school and district and have sound culturally responsive practices as the foundation? Lorrie Heagy and Rose Willard share an online model that they are piloting in Juneau, Alaska, which can be adapted to any school context, especially during these uncertain times. By sharing an evolving curriculum with input from many stakeholders, Lorrie and Rose will provide examples of how these strategies can be used in any teaching situation:

– Capitalize on opportunities that remote and hybrid learning provide.

-Integrate resources developed by community organizations.

-Build trusting and authentic feedback loops with your community.

-Be creative and thoughtful in how you develop lessons.

-Respect boundaries and receive permission for what you share with others.

-Build coalitions of support to increase capacity, commitment, and trust.

-Be patient and flexible.

Lorrie Heagy

Jinkasee.ee (Rose Willard)

Geneviève DeBose

Breakout Session

Culturally Responsive and Sustaining ELA Classrooms

What does a culturally responsive and sustaining English Language Arts classroom look like, sound like, and feel like? This session will give educators an opportunity to explore how teacher and student identities, social relationships, text selection, and pedagogical practices all impact student growth, success and happiness. Come ready to reflect, learn and share promising practices that make learning more relevant and empower students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically.

Monica Washington

Breakout Session

The Equity Check-Up: How Do I Know if My Practices are Aligned?

During a time when being a good educator feels more overwhelming than ever, it can feel all but impossible to ensure that our practices are also inclusive and equitable.  However, now, more than ever, educators must reflect on our decisions and practices that could be contributing to inequitable learning environments.  Administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers who attend this session will spend some time reflecting on what equitable spaces look like, feel like, and sound like.  Most importantly, they will leave with some concrete strategies for performing equity check-ups in their own schools.

Breakout Session

Centering the Margins through Curriculum and Pedagogy

In this session, participants will be introduced to the work of racial equity scholars like Paris & Alim, Love, Cobb & Krownapple, Gorski, and Domínguez who call for liberatory educational practices grounded in abolitionism and culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogies. Participants will explore the “White gaze” and be challenged to rethink biases and approaches that center Whiteness. Conversations will focus on how to begin asking critical questions that bring into focus those students, histories, and perspectives that have been pushed to the margins.

Michelle Cottrell Williams

Leigh Ann Erickson

Qorsho Hassan

Breakout Session

Finding Equity: Shifting Power Structures in Your Classroom

Create a classroom rooted in culturally sustaining pedagogy and community building. These strategies along with strong relationships and high expectations for rigor creates successful outcomes for students of color. By shifting the power to your students, you are able to build authentic relationships and use their values and culture to guide learning, community agreements, and accountability.