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Saturday, March 24
 

8:30am CDT

FWISD Equity Vision
Speakers
avatar for Sherry Breed, M.Ed.

Sherry Breed, M.Ed.

Division of Equity and Excellence, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am CDT
Sid Richardson

8:45am CDT

Superintendent's Address

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am CDT
Sid Richardson

9:00am CDT

Keynote: Historical Context of Educational Inequality
Speakers
avatar for Max Krochmal

Max Krochmal

Director of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, TCU
Award-winning author of _Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era_ (2016)


Saturday March 24, 2018 9:00am - TBA CDT
Sid Richardson

9:30am CDT

Student Panel: How Does Race Play a Role In Your Education?
Hear from our students! Our learners have a lot to say and we are listening. Come hear from the experts.

Speakers
avatar for Khechara Bradford

Khechara Bradford

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Ft Worth ISD
Khechara serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Fort Worth Independent School District, which is currently engaged in a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize the school district. Khechara has spent the last 16 years... Read More →
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Moseley Chasity

SHS Student
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Nezam, Mari

SHS Student
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Villalba, Maria

ODW Student
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Mohamed, Mohamed

ODW Student
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Amin Nadia

SHS Student
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Johnson Tamia

YWLA Student



Saturday March 24, 2018 9:30am - TBA CDT
Sid Richardson

10:30am CDT

10:30am CDT

Building Democratic Parental Participation in Schools 
This presentation will focus on how one Parent Teacher Association worked to build more democratic parental participation in our urban public school.  Through a process of collaborative inquiry and action, we learned that we needed to engage in critical self-reflection, build relationships across difference, identify the conditions necessary for participation, recruit more representative leaders, and collectively advocate for our children’s education. 

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Wait

Courtney Wait

Assistant Principal, McLean 6th Grade


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
RJH - 210

10:30am CDT

How Should We Plan for the Observance: Public Law HR 1242
Participate in a public discussion, plan and take action to obtain sponsorship for observance of 400 years of Africans in America and their historical footprint and impact on the development of the United States.

Speakers
Sponsors

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
RJH -102 Global 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

10:30am CDT

Attracting, Engaging, and Selecting Diversified Talent
Knowledge Building and Information about the Districts efforts to attract, engage, and select a diversified workforce in all positions.

Speakers
avatar for Shalunda Corzine

Shalunda Corzine

HR Manager, Fort Worth ISD
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Mario Layne

Principal, Ft Worth ISD
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Patrick Smith

Director of Employee Relations, Fort Worth ISD
I am a 28-year educator who has taught middle and high school, served as a campus administrator at elementary, middle, and high school, and have ten years of experience as an HR administrator in north Texas school districts.


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
RJH - 111 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

10:30am CDT

Discovering the Workable Genius of WE

Participants will Leave with: - The enhanced ability to co-create an equitable Shared Story. - Discover how that new Shared Story can be leveraged for effective Leadership, Socioeconomic Engagement and Academic Instruction - A sense of ownership & responsibility to help create authentic, collaborative environments that equitably move us from Me to We. . . Until We all Win

Speakers
avatar for Milan Sanders

Milan Sanders

Consultant, CBC - Workable Genius



Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
RJH - 211

10:30am CDT

Multicultural Table Talks

Engage in a "Table Talk" about the things we were socially constructed not to talk about: Race, Culture, Religion, Life Experiences.

Speakers
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Adena Cytron-Walker

VP of Programs, Multicultural Alliance


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
RJH - 112

10:30am CDT

Parent University: Engaging Hispanic and Spanish-speaking Families
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Elida Gonzalez

Elida Gonzalez

Principal, Fort Worth ISD
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Ana Morales

Principal, Fort Worth ISD
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Marta Plata

Principal, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
RJH - 214

10:30am CDT

Inclusive Leadership, Shifting the Paradigm

Inclusive Leaders understand that in order for others to do their best work and bring their whole self to the organization, individuals must be willing to share their diverse perspectives and experiences. In this session, MiShon will show you how to gain a deeper understanding of what critical traits and behaviors attribute to Inclusive Leadership as well as cultivate methods of harnessing this aspect of leadership on a routine basis.

Speakers
avatar for MiShon Landry

MiShon Landry

CEO | Inclusive Leader, Culture Consultants
MiShon Landry, CDP is a Certified Diversity Professional and owner of Culture Consultants located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.She is a Diversity Champion and has a passion for Culture, Leadership, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Supplier Diversity, STEM, and Relationship Building... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
RJH - 107

10:30am CDT

Using GIS Mapping and Critical Pedagogy to Develop Contextual Awareness
Participants will understand how place can systematically impact access to resources for a group of people Participants will utilize mapping technology to develop an awareness of the communities they serve Participants will engage in discussion about the relationship between the design of a community and equity

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Erin Atwood

Dr. Erin Atwood

Assistant Professor, TCU, Educational Leadership
Dr. Erin Atwood joined the TCU College of Education in 2016 as an Assistant Professor and works primarily with the Educational Leadership program. Her teaching emphasizes transformative social justice and interdisciplinary approaches to preparing educational leaders. Dr. Atwood’s... Read More →
avatar for Trevon R. Jones, MBA, Ph.D.

Trevon R. Jones, MBA, Ph.D.

Equity Specialist, Fort Worth ISD


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Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
RJH - 113

10:30am CDT

Courageous Conversations: Families Front & Center: Fostering Community Empowerment To Accelerate Racial Equity Transformation
What would it look like to build and share power with family and community members starting at the central office level and including the sites? Come and explore this question with real life examples of systems in the process of equity transformation. We’ll explore how centering families’ counter narratives in district offices, classrooms, and the political spaces between, accelerates districts’ accountability, productivity, and racial equity development. Learn about the characteristics of positive organizational culture in the pillar of Family/Community Engagement and Empowerment. Explore ways to explicitly cultivate the voice and social capital of families and communities to help shift and shape culture.


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm CDT
RJH - 215

11:10am CDT

Collaborating for Success: Ideas for Parent Engagement 
In this presentation, we will explore ways to engage parents in our schools in order to improve student achievement.

Speakers
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Anahi Esparza-Vallin

Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:10am - 11:40am CDT
INCUBATOR ROOM 3RD FLOOR

11:10am CDT

Advancing Racial Justice through School Board Leadership

Advancing Racial Justice through School Board Leadership: What should our school boards be doing to invest in our students of color? How can our local school boards contribute to advancing racial equity for all of our students? What is our role in ensuring that our governance structures focus on equity? Join us to explore these questions and more and learn how we can promote success for students through a racial justice lens. 

Speakers
avatar for Erika Beltran

Erika Beltran

Regional Director, Leadership ISD
Erika Beltran is the Tarrant County Regional Director at Leadership ISD. A native of Fort Worth, Erika has worked in education for over a decade on issues ranging from early childhood education to assessments and accountability. Erika started her career as a Teach For America corps... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Walker Ross

Jackie Walker Ross

Program Director, Leadership ISD
Jackie Walker serves the Leadership ISD team as the Tarrant County Program Director. She has spent her career working in nonprofit and higher education, building and supporting community engagement efforts in a variety of communities. Most recently, Jackie served as the community... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:10am - 11:40am CDT
RJH - 210

11:10am CDT

Hidden Figures in STEM
In this session, participants will examine the contributions of "Hidden Figures" & their contributions to S.T.E.M.  Additionally, attendees will review appropriate approaches to establishing multicultural learning environments and experiences in the science classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Butler

Jennifer Butler

Science Coordinator, 6-12, Fort Worth ISD
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Yohanis De La Fuente

Coordinator, Science, Fort Worth ISD



Saturday March 24, 2018 11:10am - 11:40am CDT
RJH -102 Global 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

11:40am CDT

Africa The Alpha

From Kindergarden to 12th grade = 13 years a slave.   It's been stated that it's only when you begin, your history in state of freedom that you can come to properly understand your role on life. Engage in an introduction of African history before slavery.  

Speakers

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
RJH - 111 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

11:40am CDT

Race Is The Child Of Racism
In this presentation we are going to evaluate and expose the hidden systemic influences of racism. We will identify and assess personal biases as they infiltrate education as a whole. Are current ideologies proving to be effective for students of color? To develop meaningful interventions, we must first understand the problem as these student’s experience them. We must then interpret them and explore the data that reveals impact. This understanding comes from the discussion of racism


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
RJH - 211

11:40am CDT

Ensuring Access to and Readiness for Rigorous Curriculum
Engage with FWISD's board members and curriculum staff to explore the Council of the Great City Schools research-based plans to ensure that males of color have access to rigorous and engaging curriculum in early childhood and continuing throughout high school. 

Speakers
avatar for Khechara Bradford

Khechara Bradford

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Ft Worth ISD
Khechara serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Fort Worth Independent School District, which is currently engaged in a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize the school district. Khechara has spent the last 16 years... Read More →
avatar for Joe Niedziela

Joe Niedziela

Executive Director of K-12 Social Studies and Curriculum Supports, Fort Worth ISD
Leading to build a better world. Designing learning experiences that grow future leaders. Forever a teacher.
avatar for Elda Rojas

Elda Rojas

Executive Director, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
RJH - 112

11:40am CDT

Leading Change in the Community from an ISD Perspective
As companions within the FWISD Department of Equity and Excellence, the Eastside Alliance Community Partnership, Historic Stop Six Initiative and Adult Education use a collective impact model specifically serving the historically underperforming schools in communities in the east and southeast sections of Fort Worth.  This collaborative model engages organizations from different sectors using a common agenda to strive for solutions to specific social and generational challenges impacting students’ ability to learn and succeed. By aligning those efforts with agreed-upon measures of success, these groups constantly strive toward the shared goal of supporting the success of all Fort Worth ISD students and to ensure all students are prepared for college, career, and community leadership.

Speakers
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Nakia Cole

Community Affairs Coordinator, Fort Worth ISD
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Charles Hodges

Director, EACP, Fort Worth ISD
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Zenobia Hood

Coordinator, Fort Worth ISD
avatar for Angela Popko

Angela Popko

Social Worker, Eastside Alliance
Angela Popko is a Master’s level social worker that works to improve student and school outcomes in several elementary schools on the eastside of Fort Worth. She specializes in teaching self-regulation and emotional wellness techniques to students in the schools. Ms. Popko provides... Read More →
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Edward Spears

Director of Adult Education, Fort Worth ISD
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Carlos Walker

Director, HSSI, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
RJH - 214

11:40am CDT

Educational Reform?: Teacher-Student-Family Activism for Access and Equity

Exploration of dynamics at play nationally in terms of access to public schools. Examples of community action and activism around equity and access to quality education. Attention to practice and theory. Brief history of Race and Education in U.S.A. from 18th century to present.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. M. Francyne Huckaby

Dr. M. Francyne Huckaby

Associate Professor, TCU
M. Francyne Huckaby is Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies and core faculty of Women and Gender Studies, Africana and African American Studies, and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University. She works to create openings and spaces for antioppressive discourses... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
RJH - 107

11:40am CDT

Young Leaders: Talk about Race in the Classroom

There are ways for students and teachers to discuss race and ways students can organize for change. Find out how Young Leaders Strong City was created for high school students to do just this!

Speakers

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
RJH - 113

11:50am CDT

Math Manipulatives with FWISD Math Dept.
Engage in interactives math manipulatives

Speakers
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Sonya Askew

Core Curriculum and Innovative Coordinator, Fort Worth ISD
I enjoy supporting teachers and students in every way possible by enhancing their content knowledge and becoming academically successful.
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Melvina Robinson

Math Specialist, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:50am - 12:20pm CDT
INCUBATOR ROOM 3RD FLOOR

11:50am CDT

Cultural Diversity On Our Campus
Our UV4C project was designed to create awareness of the many different cultures represented on our campus and to help students and teachers understand and embrace the cultural diversity at Southwest High School.  The ultimate of the Cultural Diversity Week was to prevent stereotypes through awareness and understanding that “Different is not better or worse – it’s just different!”We illuminated the different cultures that are hidden in the school.  We, as UV4C, let diverse people embrace their differences.  The school was involved with the different days of the week.  We celebrated living location and origin of our students.


Saturday March 24, 2018 11:50am - 12:20pm CDT
RJH - 210

11:50am CDT

Intro to MAS as Cariño-Based Pedagogy: Centering Student Voices
Participants will have a sense of the origins of MAS in high schools and at the college-level and will have an update on how MAS instruction has changed and moved toward the centering of student voices, interests, and experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Orlando Lara

Orlando Lara

Associate Director, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at TCU
Orlando Lara is an artist, scholar, and educator working at the intersections of art, critical pedagogy, and ethnic studies. He comes to Fort Worth from Houston where he worked as an organizer and educator for 5 years. He is currently helping to build the new CRES program at TCU... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:50am - 12:20pm CDT
RJH -102 Global 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

12:00pm CDT

EXPO
Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
RJH Atrium

12:40pm CDT

Lunch & A Movie: 76105: Dr. King Won't Rise
Drugs, gangs, prostitution, and crime. These are the realities that have plagued the Stop 6 neighborhood of Fort Worth for decades. However, for Dante, Quinton, and Franklin, Stop 6 was home. Home meant sleeping at your friends house, playing football in the streets, learning what it means to be a man from your brothers, and not falling prey to the vices of the community. They learned that being a product of your environment is up to interpretation. For them, it meant "World Wide P", a band of brothers that uplifted each other and applied 'the ultimate peer pressure, in a positive way". It meant coming back to the community that raised them, and teaching the men of their community to rise up and not fall victim to societal stereotypes. In a community rich in history and decorated with culture, these men chose to come back and be the impact the neighborhood needed; to blur the racial lines and bring healing to a hurting city. From these desires Community Frontline was born, and it's their story we tell.

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Quinton Phillips

Community Frontline


Saturday March 24, 2018 12:40pm - 1:40pm CDT
Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 2

12:40pm CDT

Lunch & A Movie: American Denial
American Denial: The truth is deeper than black and white.
Follow the story of foreign researcher and Noble Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States' racial psyche become a lens for modern inquiry into  how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. The film's unusual narrative sheds light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans. Archival footage, newsreels and nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the 1930s and 1940s thread through the story, as well as psychological testing into racial attitudes from research footage, websites and YouTube videos. The film also includes interviews with historicans and sociologists who reflect and provide insight into the Myrdal question: How to reconcile individual feelings and thoughts with the bedrock values of our democracy?

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Margaret Ritsch

Dr. Margaret Ritsch

Director of Public Affairs, Fort Worth Housing Solutions
Affordable housing and the need for more of it in Fort Worth, all across the city!



Saturday March 24, 2018 12:40pm - 1:40pm CDT
SMITH HALL 104 A & B

1:50pm CDT

Explore Racial Equity Through Poetry Performance
Creative writings, slam poetry, and spoken word performances that open dialogue, increase literacy, raise awareness, and deepen understanding on racial equity

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn West

Carolyn West

Executive Director, Thank You Darlin' Foundation
In 2004, Carolyn took an active role in cultivating literacy for disadvantaged youth. She founded and became executive director of the Thank You Darlin’ Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes literacy through the arts. To provide unique experiences with the power of words, Carolyn... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:20pm CDT
INCUBATOR ROOM 3RD FLOOR

1:50pm CDT

Parent Advocacy  
Reclaiming TX Public Education: You are invited to a shared conversation with other students, parents, and teachers at a moment when The Secretary of Education, The Texas Governor, TEA, and Texas School Districts can do more to support public schools with much needed funding, and we face a growing emphasis on high stakes testing. Please attend to learn more about what others in Texas have done, and are currently involved with to advocate for public education.

Speakers
avatar for Deyadira Arellano

Deyadira Arellano

TX Community Health Worker/Promotora, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services
Deyadira Arellano is a Texas Community Health Worker/Promotora for Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services. Her work as a community organizer includes the intersection of issues such as immigration, public education, environmental justice, healthcare, and worker's rights. She... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:20pm CDT
RJH - 210

1:50pm CDT

See Yourself In Multicultural Literature
Show how empowering it can be to read/immerse in books by POC and how valuing such literary work can enhance understanding and tolerance in our communities.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Gomez

Tammy Gomez

Founder, Creative Director, Sound Culture
As a Mexican-American Texas-born writer, performance artist, and media producer, Tammy Gomez has over 20 years of experience in producing, directing, and hosting literary performance events, and has collaborated with over 100 artist/writers. She curated the Poetry Tent readings for... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:20pm CDT
RJH -102 Global 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

1:50pm CDT

My Language My Culture
Languages and cultures have a complex, homologous relationship. FWISD students represent a linguistically and culturally-rich, diverse population. Students and their families speak over 60 languages, representing over 100 countries, cultures, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. About half of our 87,000 students come from homes where a language other than English is spoken. Thirty-five percent of FWISD students are classified as English learners (ELs) and another 15% are monitored ELs who have exited the ESL program. In this interactive session, participants will learn research-based practices proven to advance students in their language acquistion, while fostering their native language and cultures.

Speakers
avatar for Elda Rojas

Elda Rojas

Executive Director, Fort Worth ISD
avatar for Airam Ruiz

Airam Ruiz

K-12 Literacy Coordinator, Fort Worth ISD



Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:50pm CDT
RJH - 211

1:50pm CDT

Why Black Men Quit Teaching
Participants will explore the importance and impact of having Black Male teachers in the classroom. Participants will analyze the detrimental factors associated with the dissonance of culture vs. educational systems regarding relationships, teaching, and discipline. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss educational structure concerns as well as discuss constructive ideas that facilitate change to have lasting effects for both teacher and student.

Speakers
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Yuseflateef McCray

Teacher, Dunbar High School, Fort Worth ISD
avatar for Shundria Riddick

Shundria Riddick

Intervention Specialist, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Licensed Professional Counselor


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:50pm CDT
RJH - 111 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

1:50pm CDT

American Denial: A Conversation about Implicit Bias
This session provides an opportunity for those who during the lunch break viewed the film, American Denial, to discuss in small groups how we assiduously blind ourselves to recognizing racial injustices -- unconscious bias, bigotry, prejudice, and their long, dark consequences -- and examine the ways in which we deny or rationalize biases and practices that violate our bedrock beliefs and the historic and contemporary consequences of that denial. Participants are encouraged to take the Project Implicit Social Attitudes "Race" test before arriving for this workshop. A testing area has been established on site, or you can do so from any smart device with internet connectivity. The test will take about 10 minutes to complete.
If you are taking the test on your own device, use the link and instructions below:
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
1. In the box on the left titled, "Project Implicit Social Attitudes", select your language and click on the orange "Go!" button.
2. After reading the "Preliminary Information" and consenting, click on the "I wish to proceed" hyperlink.
3. A menu of tests will appear. Select the "Race IAT" button and the test will commence.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Margaret Ritsch

Dr. Margaret Ritsch

Director of Public Affairs, Fort Worth Housing Solutions
Affordable housing and the need for more of it in Fort Worth, all across the city!


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:50pm CDT
SMITH HALL 104 A & B

1:50pm CDT

Design Thinking: Let's Design A Racial Equity Program Together…
How do we innovate while still staying grounded in our community and in the needs of real people? Join Leadership ISD to practice using the design thinking/human centered advocacy framework to do a crash course in creating a racial equity opportunity for your own personal networks. Explore the possibilities in how to build our best programs, experiences, and advocacy efforts!

Speakers
avatar for Erika Beltran

Erika Beltran

Regional Director, Leadership ISD
Erika Beltran is the Tarrant County Regional Director at Leadership ISD. A native of Fort Worth, Erika has worked in education for over a decade on issues ranging from early childhood education to assessments and accountability. Erika started her career as a Teach For America corps... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Walker Ross

Jackie Walker Ross

Program Director, Leadership ISD
Jackie Walker serves the Leadership ISD team as the Tarrant County Program Director. She has spent her career working in nonprofit and higher education, building and supporting community engagement efforts in a variety of communities. Most recently, Jackie served as the community... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:50pm CDT
RJH - 214

1:50pm CDT

 Discipline, Social Emotional Learning, and Cultural Competence
Engage with FWISD's board members, leadership, and student support staff to explore the Council of the Great City Schools research-based plans to ensure schools have a coherent, student-centered culture that prioritizes equitable opportunity, academic growth, and strong positive relationships that can enact great change.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Breed, M.Ed.

Sherry Breed, M.Ed.

Division of Equity and Excellence, Fort Worth ISD
avatar for Dr. Cherie Washington

Dr. Cherie Washington

Chief of Elementary Schools, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:50pm CDT
RJH - 112

1:50pm CDT

Racial Identity and Consciousness as an Education Leader

This session will take an emic approach that explores a much deeper understanding of how a board member’s racial identity can impact their daily decision making. Participants will create a Brave Space (Arao & Clemens, 2013) that explores implicit bias and Mental Models (Senge, 1990) to identify key factors in decision making surrounding racial equity

Speakers

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:50pm CDT
RJH - 107

1:50pm CDT

Squid Eye: The Experience

This social anthology explores the incognito micro-aggressions that permeate our daily experience.

Speakers
avatar for Reggie Robinson

Reggie Robinson

Change Maker in Chief, j'Wildcattaz Inc.
Philosopher, poet, and arsonist - Reggie Robinson is well versed in the intersections of art, strategy, and chaos. He's a leader’s leader who’s passionate about engineering epiphanies, tobasco sauce, and his adorable daughter Fox. Reggie has a wizardly way with words, teaching... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 2:50pm CDT
RJH - 113

1:50pm CDT

Courageous Conversations: Families Front & Center: Fostering Community Empowerment To Accelerate Racial Equity Transformation
What would it look like to build and share power with family and community members starting at the central office level and including the sites? Come and explore this question with real life examples of systems in the process of equity transformation. We’ll explore how centering families’ counter narratives in district offices, classrooms, and the political spaces between, accelerates districts’ accountability, productivity, and racial equity development. Learn about the characteristics of positive organizational culture in the pillar of Family/Community Engagement and Empowerment. Explore ways to explicitly cultivate the voice and social capital of families and communities to help shift and shape culture.


Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 3:50pm CDT
RJH - 215

2:30pm CDT

ELB Playroom: Flexible School and Classroom Furniture
Interact with flexible classroom furniture that addresses the needs of all learners

Speakers

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
INCUBATOR ROOM 3RD FLOOR

2:30pm CDT

Addressing cultural bias and creating cultural relevant lesson 
To help individuals to become aware of their cultural bias and use classroom diversity in order to create cultural relevant lessons that will ensure all student success. 


Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
RJH - 210

2:30pm CDT

Does Language Determine Race?
A student from Paschal High School will lead a discussion on how the use of language or grammar can target or marginalize people of color. Consequently, language is also used as a discrimination tool by stereotyping  individuals as lazy, uneducated, or ignorant. The English language should build bridges among racial groups and evolve with societal changes instead of disconnecting schools, communities, or impeding progress within certain groups of people.

 

Speakers

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
RJH -102 Global 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

3:00pm CDT

Beyond the Binary 

Defining and constructing space for Hispanics to be heard in a world mostly dominated by the black-white binary of race relations.


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
RJH - 211

3:00pm CDT

Decreasing Suspension and Inequity by Clearing the A.I.R
Schools are not shying away from using suspension as a form of punishment. While suspending students might be meant as a deterrent, current research has shown that this form of discipline might lead to more problems. Students often view suspension as a “vacation” and not a time for behavioral reflection. The classes missed via suspension negatively affect academic performance. Adminstrative and teacher workloads are increased due to the Zero Tolerance programs that use suspension as the primary option.  We believe that students, teachers and administration should come up for A.I.R.  Dunbar High School believes in school discipline but a dsicipline where the act and the consequence match creating a positive climate for student achievement.  At Dunbar, the A.I.R. program has been designed as an alternative of suspension. When exposed to A.I.R.; students successfully engage stressors, administrators work at restoration and character development, and parents are dynamic resources in the process. Does your school, campus or educational organization need some A.I.R.?

Speakers
avatar for Artis Royal

Artis Royal

Assistant Principal, Ft Worth ISD
I am a school administrator, at the Historic, Dunbar High School located in the Stop Six Neighborhood of Fort Worth, TX. I am responsible for campus safety, transportation, 10th grade success, US History and Social Studies. Among my hobbies are reading physics, jazz, the Redskins... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
RJH - 111 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129

3:00pm CDT

Equity Not Equality: Advancing Academic Outcomes for Students of Color With Special Needs 
L1. Learners will expand their understanding of the pervasiveness of race as it relates to assuring equitable placement and programming outcomes for students of color. L2. Learners will apply new skills and knowledge to appreciate the relationship between race and the implementation of instructional practices for students of color with special needs. L3. Learners will demonstrate understanding of equity and equality as two separate and disparate concepts


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
RJH - 112

3:00pm CDT

The Magic in the Girl 
Participants will explore how their "Why" impacts the lives of Black girls; Participants will analyze the detrimental factors associated with the absence of having Black girls as part of the discussion; Participants will discover the meaning of black girl magic and how to cultivate and protect it, unapologetically

Speakers
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Regina Williams

Coordinator, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
RJH - 214

3:00pm CDT

Leading Beyond a Single Story: Lessons in enacting a culturally responsive social studies program in Fort Worth ISD

What is the story of culture and history students learn in our schools? Who informs that story? What are the implications of that story on students whose history and cultural has been traditionally left out?  How can a social studies program be designed to create a more equitable experience for students?  This session will explore these questions as well as share about ongoing work to build a first-of-its-kind culturally repsonsive social studies program.  A program where students engage in a curriculum that goes beyond the single story told through the state level standards alone.  A curriculum that enhances students understanding of their genuine selves while empowering them to be future stewards of human progress.

Program elements featured as part of this session include:

-expanding and reinforcing ethnic studies courses first initiated by the district in SY 2013-14;
-designing and developing a K-12 African and African-American History and Culture Overlay/Infusion Curriculum;
-developing professional learning opportunities;
-future plans for a K-12 Latino(a) American Studies History and Culture Overlay/Infusion Curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Niedziela

Joe Niedziela

Executive Director of K-12 Social Studies and Curriculum Supports, Fort Worth ISD
Leading to build a better world. Designing learning experiences that grow future leaders. Forever a teacher.


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
RJH - 113

3:00pm CDT

Restorative Practices: Relate, Resolve & Restore
The Restorative Practices implementation process can be overwhelming. This presentation will introduce, unveil, examine, and explore the challenges and successes of implementing Restorative Practices. Our objective is to break down the barriers, empower participants, and encourage individuals, by embracing the "Why" and "What" associated with Restorative Practices. The audience will gain a familiarity with a holistic/philosophical approach to building relationships through trust, supporting inclusion, and promoting the effective resolution of conflict. We will begin by addressing the planning and preparation, expectations and resistance, implementation and training needs, and evaluation of the Restorative Practices culture.

Speakers
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Trina Harris

Restorative Practices Coordinator, Ft Worth ISD
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Christopher Riddick

Director, Fort Worth ISD


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
RJH - 107

3:10pm CDT

Reading with Barbers
The Reading with Barbers program is a partnership with Fort Worth ISD and 8 participating barber shops across the city. The reading program is directly aligned with FWISD's 100x25 initiative, which sets a goal of 100 percent of third-graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025. The district has supplied each barbershop with a well balanced reading collection in order for students to be able to choose from a variety of genre.
Our role is to support literacy with young students between the ages of 4 to 14 by encouraging students to read with siblings, parents, other clients, and barbers while waiting on a haircut. Also, each participating barber shop incentivise students by tracking and charting student progress.  The Reading with Barbers initiative has been a community impact program that has shown how families and businesses can come together to improve literacy. 

Speakers
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Roger Foggle

Barber, Millenium Cuts


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm CDT
INCUBATOR ROOM 3RD FLOOR

3:10pm CDT

Building Community Builders
This presentation will educate and inspire stakeholders to build positive communities for today's children and future generations through youth empowerment.

Speakers
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Junichi Lockett

Young Power Training Group


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm CDT
RJH - 210

3:10pm CDT

Cultural Considerations
Participants explore the varied cultures and ethnicities within our community and deepen understanding of how to support learning within the educational experience

Speakers
avatar for Suann Claunch

Suann Claunch

ESL Director, Fort Worth ISD
Supporting refugee/asylee, immigrant and long-term English learners.FWISD has students from more than 100 countries and who speak more than 60 languages.
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Diane Kue

Specialist, Elementary ESL Implementation, FWISD
Thanks for your visit! I was an ESL teacher for eight years, a Language Center teacher for two years, and I am in my fifth year as an ESL Specialist for Fort Worth ISD. As a daughter of a refugee, I enjoy talking about the children of immigrants. Most importantly, we need to open... Read More →


Saturday March 24, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm CDT
RJH -102 Global 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76129