Summer Educational Equity Institute

We are excited to announce a summer professional development series hosted by Wright State's OPFE and Co-Sponsored by Sinclair's Education Department – Summer Educational Equity Institute. Please join us for free sessions open to all school workers and teacher candidates in our region. Collective post-pandemic hope invites us to acknowledge that one size cannot fit all. We have seen that opportunity and success are not equally available to all. We responded to local calls for information, community, and action to address entrenched inequity; we have invited experts in equity to facilitate the following sessions:

Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices  

When: Monday, June 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm  

Presenters: Dr. Rochonda Nenonene (Assistant Professor, Urban Teacher Academy Director, University of Dayton) & Dr. Novea McIntosh (Assistant Professor, Urban Teacher Academy Director, University of Dayton)

Participants will study and develop an understanding of how to create a class and schoolwide community equity model grounded in the framework of culturally responsive teaching (Hammond, 2015 & Moule, 2012) while working in professional learning communities (Easton, 2015). Utilizing quantitative data as a starting point to identify goals and objectives, the professional learning communities are expected to commit to engage in critical self-reflection, analysis of professional practice and develop an action plan that will be implemented and assessed.

The sessions will explore how the educators develop professional trust, cultural awareness, challenge implicit biases and engage in critical reflection as they seek to create a class and schoolwide community that respects and enables students to become independent learners while encouraging and maintaining high quality academic achievement.  

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map  

Register for Session on June 13th:

Life is a Circle: Cultural Humility Practice  

When: Tuesday, June 14th, 1:00pm-4:00pm  

Presenters: darsheel kaur (Cultural Educator, Healing Artist, Wellness Coach) and amaha sellassie (Associate Professor, Sociology, Sinclair Community College)  

In this experiential workshop, participants will explore and practice cultural humility through storytelling, reflection, and listening in a restorative circle. The depth to which we know ourselves allows us to know one another deeply. Cultural Humility honors the lifelong journey of learning and creates a pathway for us to be more human in our lives and our work. Join us as we co-create a space together to exhale and be together in a way that nourishes us for the work ahead. 

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map  

Register for Session on June 14th  

Visible & Resilient in Community and Self: Intentioned Prevention Ed and Supports of/with Q+ Youth and Allies  

When: Wednesday, June 15th, 9:00am-12:00pm  

Presenters: Richelle Frabotta (LGBTQ+ Health Initiatives Project Manager at Public Health Dayton Montgomery County) & Amanda Northcutt (Visible Resilient Coordinator)  

This workshop will explore why now -perhaps more than ever- LGBTQ+ youth need educators to be aware, informed, and capable of support. Visible and Resilient in Community and Self (V&R), funded by ADAMHS and located in Public Health, has been active in Montgomery County schools and communities for 3 years. V&R can provide both virtual and in-person: evidence-informed lesson plans that allow for a deeper understanding of self and society; drop-in gatherings for youth with prevention education as focus; collaborative programming; workshops, training, professional development; and scholarly supports and resources for policy and programming. V&R is a multi-disciplinary, youth informed inclusive educational services and prevention program working to increase health equity for LGBTQ+ youth who are historically and systemically marginalized. Lead by a former DPS middle school teacher and founded by a Miami University professor, V&R in this workshop, will provide facts and data so that educators, administrators, and parents can feel confident in supporting the healthy development of 7th – 12th graders.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map  

Register for Session on June 15th:  

Bridging the Gap Between Preschool and College: Creating Black Boy Friendly Classrooms  

When: Friday, June 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm  

Presenters: Trey Clements (Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Sinclair Community College) & Christopher James (Senior Program Manager, Preschool Promise)  

Data supports that Black boys are the lowest performers at the preschool level for various reasons. Because of these reasons, Black boys are often ill-prepared and struggle with their Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). With difficulty showing proficiency on the KRA, data suggests many Black boys are starting their academic careers behind before it even begins. This discussion of Bridging the Gap Between Preschool and College: Creating Black Boy Friendly Classrooms will introduce the current action steps being taken at the preschool level and how a continuation of this process can give Black boys a stronger foothold into K-12. In doing so, these steps are applicable at the postsecondary level increasing Black boys’ academic experiences from start to finish. Additionally, if the application of these strategies and approaches is intentional within learning environments, the experiences of ALL students are increased throughout the process. 

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map  

Register for Session on June 17th:  

Race in Shakespeare's Tragedies

When: Monday, June 20th, 11:00 am-12:00 pm  

Presenter: Dr. Carol Mejia LaPerle (Professor, English, Wright State University)  

Shakespeare’s plays have been lauded for their aesthetic and cultural value. Unfortunately, many high schoolers do not consider this endorsement all that motivating or useful. In fact, students are increasingly interested in interrogating literature not for its own sake, but for the knowledge and tools it brings to contemporary life experiences.  

To interrogate Shakespeare’s tragedies in its racial contexts, therefore, equips students with a crucial interpretive lens and historical understanding of racial formation’s role in identity, performance, and culture. This session will focus on the history of racial impersonation on Shakespearean stages, the culture’s representation of social outsiders, and the powerful dark/light dichotomy as a central trope that continues to inform our understanding of race today. Familiarity with the plays are not required. However, some scenes from Othello, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra can be triggering.  

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Register for Session on June 20th:  

Trauma-Informed Care Strategies 

When: Tuesday, June 21st, 7:00pm-8:00pm  

Presenter: Laura Clarke  

This personalized training focuses on strategies we can use to support students who have experienced trauma. This session will explore how to define and understand impacts of childhood trauma, discuss strategies we can use to support students, and discuss ways we can take care of ourselves in this work. 

Virtual: Link forthcoming.  

Register for Session on June 21st:  

Growing Inclusive Excellence in You and Your Learning Community: Case Study-Mason City Schools

When: Wednesday, June 22nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm  

Presenter: Soroya Smith (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Experience Designer, Mason City Schools)  

Inclusive Excellence is a topic that is at the top of the minds of many leaders, organizations, and communities. What does Inclusive Excellence mean to you and the people you serve? How do you grow in authentic inclusion as an individual, interpersonally and in sustained systemic ways? In this workshop we will learn about the Inclusive Excellence Journey at Mason City Schools. Through the exploration of our timeline, professional learning models, and essential understandings in our inclusive excellence guide you will be inspired and have the opportunity to reflect and ideate on where you and the teams you are a part of are in your journey as well as plan how to move forward. 

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map  

Register for Session on June 22nd:  

Cultural Humility: Why Equity Work is Never Done 

When: Thursday, June 23rd, 12:00pm-2:00pm  

Presenter: Allanté Johnson-Taylor, M.S. (School Equity Consultant; Teacher, Centerville High School)  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines cultural humility as "a life-long process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another's culture, but one starts with an examination of [their] own beliefs and cultural identities." In recent years, we have seen a shift in discourse from one of cultural competence to one of cultural humility. However, there is some resistance to this change. Why? How can we embrace the concept in order to make tangible and impactful change? This session will provide participants with the ability to identify barriers to cultural humility, what transformation can occur with this shift in perspective, & behaviors that can be implemented to affect change at the personal, professional, & societal level. The impacts of fragility, silence, & microaggressions will also be addressed.

Virtual: Link forthcoming.

Register for Session on June 23rd:

Striving for Educational Excellence: Growing Equitable Spaces Conference

When: Monday, June 27th, 9:00-4:00  

Presenters: Keynote, Dr. Jeff Duncan Andrade, (Professor of Latino/a Studies and Race and Resistance, San Francisco State University, Founder of Roses in Concrete Community School); Breakout sessions throughout the day  

Location: Central State University  

Register for Conference on June 27th

Educating Toward Critical Consciousness, Community Care, and Co-Conspiratorship  

When: Wednesday, June 29th, 4:00-6:00 (optional discussion, 6-6:30)  

Presenters: Dr. Nicole Carter (Director of the Women’s Center, Wright State University) and Emily Yantis-Houser (Intercultural Specialist, LGBTQA Center, Wright State University)  

This workshop will provide insight into the importance of framing education as a means of developing critical consciousness, engaging In strategies for community care, and building a capacity to become co-conspirators with students and colleagues. Presenters will lead participants in reflection, conversation, and other activities that can assist current teachers, education faculty, and teacher education candidates who are interested in thinking of and engaging with education differently. 

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map  

Register for Session on June 29th:  

Authentic Developmental Relationships for Educational Success  

When: Thursday, June 30th, 12:00pm-3:00pm  

Presenters: Sean L. Walton, Sr. (Community Engagement & Connections Consultant) and Shawnieka Pope (Clinical Assistant Professor, Miami University)  

This energetic multi-media content three-hour workshop will help participants build a community "for all" culture in their educational environments by transitioning from transactional to authentic developmental relationships. The information explored and the tools gained during this experience will help those charged with serving and educating diverse student populations to improve the school and university climate. Participants will delve into how past relationships and experiences shape our current values and priorities. They will examine how past and present living, learning, and working environments impact our ability to connect with students, parents, and others.

Through interactive activities— including music, videos, and role-play, each participant will gain awareness about the subtle and unsubtle influences that shaped their lives and may have shaped the lives of the students and faculty with which they interface.  

During our time together, we will better understand the various forms of empathy and how their appropriate application can initiate, grow, and sustain the trusting relationships necessary to earn a role in student success stories.  

This workshop will encourage an individual and collective sense of agency related to school and university relational learning engagement and enjoyment.  

The glue between recruitment, retention, and results is RELATIONSHIP.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map  

Register for Session on June 30th:  

Save The Date: Sept. 16, 2022: A Gathering for Educators of Color at Sinclair Community College

All sessions are organized by the Teacher Education Department and the Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences at Wright State University, co-sponsored by Sinclair Community College's Education Department. Please note the location of the sessions. Certificates of attendance including clock hours will be emailed following each event. We look forward to your participation!