Teaching Equity

Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms Where All Thrive

Saturday, April 22, 2017. Highline College, Des Moines, WA. 8:am-4:30pm

Who We Are

We are a network of cross sector collaborators promoting equity and pathways into education.

Guiding Mission:

  1. Advocate for racially and linguistically diverse teacher workforce
  2. Developing teacher warriors that are committed to equity and are actively engaging in educational transformation in schools

Who We Serve

Interested in exploring and learning about the profession with an equity lens.


Online $40
At the Door $50
High School Students Free (Registration still required)

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Contact Patricia McDonald to register if you are:

Keynote Address

Daudi Abe

Who's Gonna Take The Weight? Race, Discipline, Opportunity & Education in a "Progressive" Land

The Seattle area has a long history of racial progressivism, yet currently also has some of the most pronounced negative outcomes in the country for people of color with regards to law enforcement and education in particular. How do we make sense of this disconnect and what can be done to remedy it?


Dr. Daudi Abe is a Seattle-based professor, writer and historian who has taught and written about culture, race, gender, education, communication, hip-hop and sports for over 20 years.

He has published editorials in The Stranger and The Seattle Times, and appeared on national media such as MSNBC and "The Tavis Smiley Show." Dr. Abe holds an MA in Human Development and earned a PhD in Education from the University of Washington. He is the author of 6 'N The Morning: West Coast Hip-Hop 1987-1992 & the Transformation of Mainstream Culture (2013), From Memphis & Mogadishu: The History of African Americans in Martin Luther King County, Washington, 1858-2014 at BlackPast.org, as well as the forthcoming book Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle.


Culturally Responsive Strategies: Classroom Communities —Certificated.

This training will help educators become more culturally responsive and improve their classroom engagement with students from diverse backgrounds, social groups and cultures through meaningful, caring adult relationships.


Culturally Responsive Strategies: Classroom Communities Classified/ESP.

This training will help educators develop strategies to engage students from diverse backgrounds, social groups and cultures through meaningful, caring adult relationships that increase resiliency in all students. According to 2015 Gallup Poll research, student resiliency is one of the greatest predictors of student graduation. Student success is not about increasing test scores; it’s about increasing student resiliency.


Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Module 1: Classified AND Certificated.

This training helps educators develop culturally responsive classroom management practices to ensure students experience a positive, consistent, safe and equitable classroom. Participants will learn strategies to appreciate and appropriately integrate students’ culture and family backgrounds into the classroom culture.


Critical and Responsive Teaching: Using Racial and Ethnic Data in the Classroom

Who are the students in your classroom? What are the unique challenges they face? How might data guide your teaching and pedagogy? How can data be packaged in a way that is useful for you? These are the questions that will be covered and explored in this workshop, which seeks to engage in collaborative conversation with you about how Washington State’s collection of students’ race and ethnicity can be made most useful for you as teachers.


Building Resiliency in Our Students and the Educators Who Teach Them: A.C.E.s to Aces

Victoria E. Romero and Ricky Robertson

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study conducted from 1995-1997 is one of the largest investigations of how childhood abuse and neglect impact later-life health and well-being in adults. In this session, educators Victoria E. Romero and Ricky Robertson share the implications this study has on the practices of teachers and administrators and accepting what they term is the new normal of today’s classrooms. Participants will be exposed to the concepts of viewing student behaviors as a form of communication and strategies for interpreting and redirecting disruptive behaviors. Participants will also be exposed to strategies for building resiliency which can reverse the effects of ACEs. Most important, participants will be exposed to strategies that help them to put on their own oxygen masks first to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue.

How to Weave Culturally Responsive Teaching Into the Classroom

Presented by Lotus Linton Howard, Ph.D.

Jumping off from her book, BRIGHT RIBBONS: Weaving Culturally Responsive Teaching into the Elementary Classroom, Dr. Lotus Linton Howard presents a colorful, lively and interactive workshop to engage educators in the strategies and approaches that support culturally responsive teaching for young children. Lotus’ workshops are highly supportive of what educators are already doing and illustrate a multitude of ways to enrich the classroom environment, making established lessons and teaching strategies even more inclusive, invitational and effective for children of many cultural backgrounds. Come prepared to enjoy yourself and weave colorful "Bright Ribbons" of equity and diversity into your pedagogy.

Youth Summit (for high school students only)

Have you thought about becoming a teacher? Do you have what it takes to teach? The Teaching Equity Youth Summit is a mini boot camp for future teachers to investigate careers in education. Participants of this session will collaborate with other local high school students to discuss issues facing teachers of today and identify if teaching is a career for them.