In the past two years there have been increasing attacks on equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice in schools: the anti-“CRT” movement, bans on books, silencing of educators who support LGBTQIA+ youth, and pushback to eliminating racist school mascots. The effects of such dehumanizing efforts have been profound.

We believe that now, more than ever, having a body of educators who care deeply about social justice and who have the skill sets to make our schools more equitable and just will be essential as we move forward as a society.

We want to support you in your education justice efforts by providing guidance for responding to the pushback by providing you with the resources and skills you need.

This virtual workshop is open to public school districts, and is limited to 200 people. SCECHs will be offered.

When: December 7, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Cost: $150

Register

Agenda

Wednesday, December 7

8:30 AM – 12:15 PM Navigating Social Justice and Equity Issues in the Face of Pushback
Lois Parr and Dr. Shayla Griffin, Justice Leader Collaborative
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM  Lunch Break
 12:45 PM – 2:30 PM DEI Legal Hot Topics: 2022-2023
Jennifer Starlin, Thrun Law Firm
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Communicating in the Midst of a Crisis
Chelsey Martinez, MASA
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Live Scenarios and Panel Discussion
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM Closing

Session Descriptions

Navigating Social Justice and Equity Issues in the Face of Pushback
Lois Parr and Dr. Shayla Griffin; Justice Leaders Collaborative

The morning workshop will:

  • Discuss how to handle the current moment in educational pushback from a DEI/Social Justice consciousness
  • Highlight the importance of being centered in your own purpose
  • Help you develop your own “elevator speech’
  • Teach you how to create a template response letter
  • Explore our Racism Crisis Response protocol
  • Consider other tools that will support your efforts to create welcoming, inclusive schools where all children can thrive

DEI Legal Hot Topics: 2022-2023
Jennifer Starlin, Thrun Law Firm

The 2022-2023 school year is shaping up to be one of the most difficult years in recent memory. Hot-button political issues are playing out in schools, often resulting in lengthy and emotional board meetings and ever-increasing parent complaints. Thrun Law Firm attorney Jennifer Starlin will discuss some of the most challenging topics facing schools, including Title IX, library books, and mascots. This presentation will address the applicable laws and tips for navigating dicey issues.

Communication in the Midst of a Crisis
Chelsey Martinez, MASA 

Coming soon!

Panel Discussion on Actual Scenarios
TBD

Coming Soon!