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A conference focusing on issues and approaches to forward social justice and gain a deeper understanding of how to create a more equitable community

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There will be a keynote address Friday evening, 4 sessions of workshops on Saturday, and a closing keynote Saturday evening. Click a workshop title for more details.

Friday, November 2nd

Opening Keynote

Keynote Address

Presenter: Dr. Chezare Warren - Michigan State University Assistant Professor - Department of Teacher Education

Chezare Warren's research interests include urban teacher preparation, culturally responsive teaching, and critical race theory in education.He has studied the utility of empathy for White female teachers' cross-cultural interactions with Black boys—work for which he received the 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). Currently, he is looking to examine the school conditions and teacher dispositions that produce high academic outcomes for students of color, particularly Black males in K-12 education contexts.

Saturday, November 3rd

Session 1

Valuing Diversity

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Capacity: 25

Presenter: NEA Human And Civil Rights Cadre

Participants explore how individuals and organizations can gain "diversity competence" as we move along a continuum toward fully accepting a diverse society. Participants also take part in a "hot buttons" activity to help them identify stereotypical or subtle statements and behaviors that make you angry or annoyed. Participants will be guided through a discussion on how to respond to their "hot buttons" being pushed and how they would like to respond in the future. Participants examine how work fits into their goals, the Association's goals, and the goals of the school and school district; and develop a plan to maximize the impact of diversity work.

Equity or Justice? Lenses for Understanding and Enacting Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leadership in Schools

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Capacity: 25

Presenter: Dorinda Carter Andrews

The terms equality, equity, and justice have become buzzwords in education spaces. Too often educators are trying to make leadership and instructional decisions to meet these goals without having a clear and common understanding of what the terms mean. In this interactive session, participants will examine what it means to educate for justice, through a process of critical self-reflection on personal and pedagogical stances. Participants will leave with a strengths-based mindset for enacting equity and justice in classrooms and at administrative levels.

Let's Talk! Combatting Institutional Racism

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Capacity: 16

Presenter: Alfonso Salais and Nilka Julio

Over the years, we have had discussions in our communities regarding issues that polarize and create explosive emotions regarding race and other social topics. These discussions seem to have increased in frequency and intensity recently. The question before us is: what will we do? This session will encourage discussions that are meant to be challenging so we are better equipped and prepared to advance justice. Doing so may not be easy, but we can lead courageous dialogues in our communities.

Social Justice 101: Learning the Basics

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Capacity: 30

Presenter: Jasmine Lee, MSW, Ph. D.

This interactive session helps introduce participants to concepts, language, and actionable items for individuals seeking to create a socially just community. In many circumstance we assume others know what it means to fight for social justice or how to work toward allyship, but if you don't have the opportunity to learn, you will never know. This workshop is ideal for novices or folks who are looking for any opportunity to refresh their knowledge around social justice.

Anti-Bias Education and Understanding Systemic Racism (Double Round workshop)

Time: 8:30am-10:00am | 10:15am-11:45am

Capacity: 98

Presenter: Jo Ann Mundy and Samantha Weaver

This workshop facilitates an introductory process for developing greater understanding and awareness of how systemic racism and bias affect children and youth. This workshop will introduce the four goals of anti-bias and antiracism (ABAR) education and look at some basic steps to bring these goals into classrooms. Participants will have an opportunity to apply key learnings to their workplace and the context of their classrooms.

Countering Micro Aggression for Educators

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Capacity: 40

Presenter: Maureen Ngozi Eke

This workshop will focus on critical examination of the nature of micro aggression experiences to highlight how harmful they are and their impact on learning and student/educator morale. Then we will explore strategies for countering these experiences when they occur.

Session 2

Bias Incident Response in K-12 Schools

Time: 10:15am-11:45am

Capacity: 25

Presenter: Emily Dievendorf and Taryn Gal

In 2017 the nation witnessed a significant increase in bias incidents, the majority of the attacks occurred in our K-12 schools and targeted already marginalized student populations. In Michigan the cases have reflected this terrifying trend. Bias incidents require a unique response. Michigan lacked and needed a guidance for our schools for bias. The Michigan Communities Against Hate Project will share the best practices guidance developed to fill the gap.

Poverty & Inequality: Intersections of Income and Opportunity

Time: 10:15am-11:45am

Capacity: 25

Presenter: Jenny Kinne

How do poverty, inequality and opportunity intersect in our state? In this session, we will look at how living in poverty impacts one's education, health, home and long-term economic prospects in Michigan. Whenever possible, we will focus on the unique challenges of rural poverty. This session will rely on data from the 2018 Kids Count Data, as well as reports put out by the Michigan League for Public Policy on various social determinants of health.

Why Broken Boys Become Broken Men

Time: 10:15am-11:45am

Capacity: 30

Presenter: Shon Hart

Educational institutions have the unfortunate stigma of being deemed "school to prison pipelines". This session will help unpack that theory and equip educators with strategies to empower broken boys into healthy, whole, and productive men.

Anti-Bias Education and Understanding Systemic Racism (Double Round workshop)

Time: 8:30am-10:00am | 10:15am-11:45am

Capacity: 98

Presenter: Jo Ann Mundy and Samantha Weaver

This workshop facilitates an introductory process for developing greater understanding and awareness of how systemic racism and bias affect children and youth. This workshop will introduce the four goals of anti-bias and antiracism (ABAR) education and look at some basic steps to bring these goals into classrooms. Participants will have an opportunity to apply key learnings to their workplace and the context of their classrooms.

Countering Micro Aggression for Educators

Time: 10:15am-11:45am

Capacity: 40

Presenter: Maureen Ngozi Eke

This workshop will focus on critical examination of the nature of micro aggression experiences to highlight how harmful they are and their impact on learning and student/educator morale. Then we will explore strategies for countering these experiences when they occur.

Session 3

Trauma 101: Trauma in the Classroom

Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm

Capacity: 25

Presenter: Melea T. Bullock

It is estimated that two-thirds of all adults experience some childhood trauma. In 1998, Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a ground-breaking study that found that the more adverse childhood experiences an individual has, the more risk that person has for poor health outcomes such as depression, alcohol and drug addictions, mental health problems, heart disease, risk for intimate partner violence, and unintended pregnancies. This presentation will offer participants an opportunity to learn what exactly is trauma and how trauma presents itself in a school setting. Presenter will include ways to prevent some of the negative health outcomes that are often associated with traumatic childhoods.

Equity or Justice? Lenses for Understanding and Enacting Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leadership in Schools

Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm

Capacity: 25

Presenter: Dorinda Carter Andrews

The terms equality, equity, and justice have become buzzwords in education spaces. Too often educators are trying to make leadership and instructional decisions to meet these goals without having a clear and common understanding of what the terms mean. In this interactive session, participants will examine what it means to educate for justice, through a process of critical self-reflection on personal and pedagogical stances. Participants will leave with a strengths-based mindset for enacting equity and justice in classrooms and at administrative levels.

Equity & ESSA

Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm

Capacity: 16

Presenter: Nilka Julio and Christine DonFrancesco

The recently passed K-12 education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), provides distinct opportunities for educators, families, and community members to raise issues of equity and social justice in their education systems in order to promote student success for ALL students. By working together, we can ensure that critical decisions at the school, district, and state levels include contributions from educators who authentically represent the priorities of their communities.

My Diversity Story

Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm

Capacity: 30

Presenter: Jill Glassbrook and Desiree Hunter

Through the power of story, we will take educators on a self-journey, considering the impact that diversity, equity, and inclusion has had on their path in the classroom and on the lives of their students. Participants will explore their unique experiences and backgrounds to embrace the story that defines their own mindsets and beliefs that diversity has had in their professional practice, and help them to connect with students, families, and communities.

Fair Michigan Project: LGBTQ Victims and the Justice System

Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm

Capacity: 98

Presenter: Jaimie Powell Horowitz, Dana Nessel and Julisa Abad

Exploring how LGBTQ victims are treated within the justice system and how best to promote cultural competency among those working in law enforcement, as victim advocates, and the judicial system.

Our Association in Action: Creating Change Through Social Justice

Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm

Capacity: 40

Presenter: NEA Human and Civil Rights Cadre

This professional learning helps members draw the connection between achieving social justice in education and realizing academic success for all students. The program lays the foundations for NEA's social justice work by teaching educators to create more just and effective learning environments.

Session 4

Four Levels of Oppression and Change

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Capacity: 25

Presenter: Carlton Evans

One construct that helps us to understand the ism’s is the Four Levels of Oppression and Change. This session will not only introduce you to this construct but give you hands on experience in using it as a vehicle  to intervene in racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. situations and systems. The session will last one hour. No prior social justice knowledge is required.

Racism, Privilege & Equity in our Schools

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Capacity: 25

Presenter: Iris Jacob

This session will support educators in understanding how systems of injust show up in their schools. Through interactive activities, group dialogue and group presentations, participants will reflect on their own experiences with race, racism, privilege, power and education. They will receive tools and tips for how to best support each other, their students and learning environment rooted in equity and justice.

What Instead? Community Based Education Policy as the Alternative to Top-Down, Private Control

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Capacity: 30

Presenter: Julian Vasquez Heilig

The top-down nature of school reform in urban communities has prompted educators, students, parents and citizens alike to question the ways in which we hold public schools accountable for student learning and performance. This lecture will consider community-based reforms within the present school reform discourse and education policy landscape. In smaller group discussion we will discuss new notions of community organizing for school improvement via social media and other alliances.

Global Cafe: Let's Organize to Protect our Students

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Capacity: 98

Presenter: Gladys Marquez and Alfonso Salais

In this session, participants will learn the skills necessary to begin organizing at the grass roots level. Participants will analyze a variety of real-life scenarios and discuss, strategize, and organize around the racial and social justice issues that plague students in Michigan. Participants will also learn about NEA's work in the area of Racial & Social Justice and grant opportunities through NEA Community Advocacy Partnership and Engagement Department.

Drawing Connections: Exploring Intersections of Race, Gender and LGBTQ

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

Capacity: 40

Presenter: NEA Human and Civil Rights Cadre

This unique workshop explores the relationship and commonalities among gender, race and sexual orientation, with an emphasis on enhancing race and gender awareness when addressing LGBTQ issues at schools.

Closing Keynote

Keynote Address - Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There: The Educational Justice Our Kids Need

Presenter: Dorinda Carter Andrews - Michigan State University Assistant Dean - Department of Techer Education

Dorinda Carter Andrews is assistant dean of equity outreach initiatives for the College of Education and associate professor of race, culture and equity in the Department of Teacher Education. She is also a core faculty member in the African American and African Studies Program and co-director of the Graduate Urban Education Certificate Program. Her teaching and research focus on race and equity in education, urban teacher preparation and identity development, black student racial and achievement ideologies, and critical race praxis with in-service educators. She utilizes qualitative methodologies and critical theories to inform her work. Carter Andrews is co-editor of "Contesting the Myth of a Post-Racial Era: The Continued Significance of Race in U.S. Education" (2013) and is a 2014 recipient of the Early Career Contribution Award from the Committee on Scholars of Color in Education of the American Educational Research Association. She has given two TEDx talks, "The Consciousness Gap in Education" and "Teach Kids to be Eagles." Her work has been published in several academic journals, including Harvard Educational Review and Teachers College Record.