Equity as Excellence
Equity as Excellence is a unique opportunity for California educators to receive concrete tools, research-based strategies, and guided practice to support equity and inclusion work in their schools. Our method is rooted in the strong belief that equitable and inclusive teaching is simply good teaching, and all educators have the capacity to be equity leaders in their schools. We invite you to share your knowledge and engage in meaningful practice and reflection while learning from the top researchers in the fields of racial literacy and gender diversity.
We will focus on three areas for study and reflection:
- Foundations of Diversity Pedagogy: multicultural education and the field’s development over time
- Curricular Scope and Sequence: examples of inclusive classroom lessons and teaching strategies
- Leadership Best Practices: support for administrators in leading a diverse community
Beginning with a thorough exploration of current research methods that support an inclusive teaching/learning environment, each day will include instruction on curriculum design along with leadership strategies that promote equity and sustain excellence. You will have time to engage with role-specific affinity groups and to hear student voices to help bring this important work to life.
The Program Director for this Summer Institute is Elizabeth Denevi, Associate Director of Mid West Ed, and Co-Founder of Teaching While White. Guest presenters and organizations include: Dr. Howard Stevenson, Milton Reynolds from Facing History & Ourselves, Randolph Carter from East Ed, and Joel Baum from Gender Spectrum.
Day 1: Milton Reynolds, from Facing History & Ourselves will speak to the history of eugenics and its impact on institutions of education in the past and today. We will frame equity as excellence and discuss the intersection of research, theory, and practice.
Day 2: Joel Baum from Gender Spectrum and Olivia Higgins from Queerly Elementary will lead our discussions on gender diversity and creating gender inclusive schools. The day will include a track for educators new to this work and another for those who have already received some formal training.
Day 3: Dr. Howard Stevenson is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on negotiating racial conflicts using racial literacy. Delving into the latest research, Dr. Stevenson will guide the group in practicing difficult conversations about race and provide tools to navigate racial stress.
Day 4: Randolph Carter will present classroom protocols and frameworks for professional learning and accountability. Cohort groups will meet to consolidate learning and develop action plans.
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For attendees traveling from out of town we have reserved a block of rooms in the following hotel. Information on how to reserve a room is below.
The Kimpton Buchanan
1800 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. Previously, she served as Director of Studies & Professional Development at Latin School of Chicago. In this position, Elizabeth was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for the oversight and coordination of professional development and evaluation for all faculty.
is a Fellow in the Harvard University School Leadership Program, Graduate School of Education, where he received a Masters Degree in Education with a school leadership qualification. He is a doctoral student in the School of Education Leadership and Change at Fielding University. He was a middle school reading specialist, a school administrator and a national association staff member. Mr. Carter has also served on numerous school boards. Mr. Carter is a board member of Fielding Graduate University, and the Institute for Community Enrichment. He is a member of the Education Committee of the New Press. His publications include peer-reviewed articles and book reviews published in national journals.
is a San Francisco Bay Area based career educator and activist.
His activism has been devoted to juvenile justice reform, law enforcement accountability, environmental justice and youth development. In support of these efforts Milton served 12 years as a commissioner on the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission and was one of the founding members of the Racial Justice Coalition, an organization created to mobilize community in support of a law enforcement data collection bill to end the practice of racial profiling in California. Currently, Milton is a Senior Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves.
Dr. Howard Stevenson
Dr. Howard Stevenson
is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. He is also the Director of Forward Promise, a national program office funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to provide philanthropic support for organizations designed to improve the health of boys and young men of color and their families and to help them heal from the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination, and colonization.
Joel Baum, MS
, Senior Director of Professional Development, is responsible for all
programmatic aspects at Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops,
develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service
of a more compassionate understanding of gender and young people. He is a founding
member and Director of Education with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF-
Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is frequently called upon to help institutions think more
expansively about the gender diversity of all children and teens, and ways to create more
inclusive conditions accordingly. An educator for 30+ years, he's focused on issues of social
justice and equity. First as an award-winning middle school science teacher and school
administrator, he has also served as a district administrator in Oakland, California, a school
reform coach with the National Equity Project and professor at California State University,
East Bay in the Department of Educational Leadership.
spent her twenties teaching in independent schools in California and Arizona, staffing for President Clinton and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and working in high tech in Colorado. Malika received her California teaching credential in 2003 from Mills College and spent three years teaching fourth grade in San Leandro before joining the Live Oak faculty in 2005. After teaching fourth grade for four years, Malika moved to the position of seventh grade Humanities teacher.
is the founder of Queerly Elementary. Since 2001, she has worked with individual schools and school districts, including Oakland, Alameda, and San Francisco Unified, to increase their capacity to better understand and embrace people of all genders and sexualities. Her advocacy for queer friendly schools began when she was an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major at Temple University. Despite heavy resistance from both students and professors, she successfully initiated a petition to update the core curriculum to include LGBTQ topics. Olivia and her wife are raising their two children in Alameda.