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Session I

In this set of workshops, attendees will hear a superintendent speak about the challenges related to racial harassment that her/his school district has faced, and how the district responded to them. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about their school’s experiences with racial harassment.

Superintendent Workshop Presenters:
Cathy Taschner, Ed.D., Coatesville Area School District, PA
Kathleen Evison, Southern Lehigh School District, PA
William Hite, Jr., Ed.D., School District of Philadelphia, PA
Khalid Mumin, Ed.D, Reading School District, PA


Session II

Beyond Bullying
As schools work to successfully prevent and intervene in acts of bullying, they are often challenged by bullying behaviors that cross the line into civil, civil rights, or criminal law violations. Participants will examine federal statutes that prohibit bullying and harassment based on protected classes, such as race, color, national origin, gender, and disability.

Facilitated by Michelle Gwinn Nutter, Safe and Supportive Schools Manager, Center for Safe Schools, and Equity Specialist, Center for Education Equity @ MAEC

Protecting English Learners and Immigrant Students from Racial Harassment
The rising anti-immigrant sentiment has led to an increase in bullying of immigrant students. With a large number of migrant families being separated, more immigrant students may be enrolling in schools across the country this fall. To address these issues, this session will focus on protecting English Learners and immigrant students from racial harassment in schools. The unique needs of this population and relevant laws will be reviewed. Best practices of methods to prevent and respond to racial harassment and bullying will be discussed.

Facilitated by Natasha Quiroga, PREP Director & Senior Counsel, Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Preventing Racial Harassment through Culturally Responsive Leadership
Trends in school and school community demographics coupled with disparate disaggregated data patterns demand a call to action that transcends status quo institutional practice. To achieve this charge, steps must be taken, with intentionality and through culturally responsive leadership, to transcend barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion in public education. in this interactive session, participants will engage information exchange and dialogue to explore the question: How can we engage In authentic unity, to triumph over individual and institutional barriers to achieve excellence and equity in education for all?

Facilitated by Pamela Higgins Harris, Senior Consultant, Education Equity, MAEC and Member, Advisory Board, Center for Education Equity @ MAEC

Culturally Responsive Teaching
What is culturally responsive teaching, and how might culturally responsive practices meet the social and academic needs of students? This session highlights conceptions and tools educators and school leaders need to address and meet the needs of all students, especially students living below the poverty line, those whose first language is not English, those who are Black and Brown, and those who might experience outside of school challenges. Particular attention will be placed on student assets and teacher practices that support students. Instructional practices that are culturally responsive to the very humanity of students will be addressed for classroom and school transformation.

Facilitated by Dr. Richard Milner, IV, Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Professor of Education, and Director of the Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh


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