Equity as Excellence

Jul 23, 2019 9:00AM—Jul 26, 2019 12:30PM


Futures Without Violence in the Presidio

Cost $1,200 members; ($1,800 non-members)

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Equity as Excellence is a unique opportunity for educators to receive concrete tools, research-based strategies, and guided practice to support diversity and equity 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: skills 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 cohort groups so as to apply our work to your particular sphere of influence. We will also break out into racial affinity groups (people of color, multiracial, and white) to further our learning and skill development.

The Program Director for this Summer Institute is Elizabeth Denevi, Associate Director of East Ed, and Co-Founder of Teaching While White. Guest presenters and organizations include: Dr. Howard Stevenson, Tamisha Williams from Lick-Wilmerding High School, Randolph Carter from East Ed, Joel Baum from Gender Spectrum, and Malika Carter from Live Oak School.


Day 1: Tamisha Williams, Dean of Adult Equity & Inclusion at Lick-Wilmerding High School, will share with us the work she does to ensure that adults in her community are leading with an equity lens, ensuring that equity is embedded in all of the work, including decision making and policies. We will frame equity as excellence and discuss the intersection of research, theory, and practice.

Day 2: Joel Baum and other experts from Gender Spectrum 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.


We have arranged group discounts at a few local hotels:

The Laurel Inn
444 Presidio Avenue
San Francisco, California 94115

Discounted room rate: $322 (plus tax)

Deadline for discounted room rate: June 15, 2019

Click here to book a room!

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel
1800 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94115

Discounted room rate: $239 (plus tax)

Deadline for discounted room rate: June 22, 2019

Call 415-921-4000 and mention the CATDC when booking your room.



Elizabeth Denevi is the associate director for East Ed, a non-profit that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Previously, she served as the director of studies and 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. She also served as a co-leader of the School’s accreditation team. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the co-director of diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.