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Equity Professional Learning Events

An Anti-Racist Approach: Leveraging Social and Emotional Learning for Improved Student Outcomes

This three-part series explores teacher identity, what it means to leverage SEL as an anti-racist teacher, and how it can help create an assets-based classroom culture where students are valued for their unique strengths. 

Jan. 27 and 28, and Feb. 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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At-Promise and Pushed Out

This three-part professional learning series will explore how educators and school staff members can create the conditions and environment necessary to support our most vulnerable students. Black students are suspended at higher rates nationally and locally, same with Latinx and American Indian students. The rates increase further if the student also has a disability. Data from SDCOE Juvenile Court and Community Schools, as well as lessons from experts and researchers, will be used to give educators tools and actionable ways to pull in our most vulnerable students and help them feel valued and connected.  

March 4, 10, and 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (March 11 will go until 5 p.m.)

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Cultivating Genius Framework

This three-part series will explore Gholdy Muhammad’s Historically Responsive Literacy framework (Identity, Skills, Intellect, and Criticality) and support teachers to design culturally and linguistically responsive grade-span, content-area literacy units and lessons.

This series includes a copy of Gholdy Muhammad's book, Cultivating Genius, which will be sent via truck mail to your school site. 

Feb. 16, 17, and 24 from 3 to 4 p.m.

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Diversify Your Syllabi

The new Diversity Your Syllabi series will explore how educators can cultivate cultural and linguistic pluralism in instructional design and practice. This three-part series honors the feedback we received from students, which was to see themselves represented and valued in the curriculum. We will be sharing best practices on social media using #DiversifyYourSyllabi and encourage you to connect using the hashtag too.

Note, this foundational series was previously offered fall 2020.

Jan. 6 to 8  from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

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Social Justice Collaborative: Ethnic Studies K-12 Curriculum

Monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m. to understand, design, and collaborate on social justice K-12 curriculum. Register here.

  • Dec. 9
  • Jan. 13
  • Feb. 3
  • March 3
  • April 21
  • May 5
  • June 2
Teaching The Holocaust: Empowering Students 

This two-part series will focus on the ADL’s Echoes and Reflections curriculum, anti-bias/allyship pedagogy, and No Place for Hate® resources. The interactive sessions will use the Holocaust as a lens to equip educators with tools to teach and initiate important discussions on complex issues. This professional learning opportunity is designed for secondary social science and English language arts teachers. An emphasis will be placed on creating safe environments for students as part of schoolwide No Place for Hate® initiatives.

Feb. 8 and 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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Past Webinars

Black Voice Series

As we strive to listen and understand each other and our experiences, SDCOE in partnership with the Association of African American Educators and SDSU has invited Black educators to share their experience in our education system. This is a one-hour, free learning opportunity.


Panelists Include:
  • Dr. Regina Brandon, SDSU
  • Thekima Mayasa, Mesa College 
  • Dr. Makeba Jones, UCSD
  • Yolanda Collier, JCCS 
  • Debra Maxie, Counselor/Administrator 
  • Tamara Allen, Administrator 
  • Dr. Mark Jeffers, High School Teacher 
  • Nelika-Fai Watson, High School teacher
  • Christine Wooding, Elementary Teacher
Full bios can be found here

Student Panels

We continue to elevate student voice and engage with their experience in school through listening. All student panels will be on our YouTube playlist.

Latinx Student Experience Panel


The Latinx Student Experience Panel was held on October 28. 

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English Transcript

Asian Student Experience Panel


The Asian Student Experience Panel was held on September 30. 

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English transcript

Black Student Panel: Young, Gifted and Black


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English Transcript

Learning Session Slides

Black Leadership Panel


The Black Leadership Panel with San Diego County educational leaders took place on July 21, 2020. Guests will be discussing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and the impact this is having on our educational systems. Topics of discussion will also include the current civil rights movement and proactive measures to both address and support our students and communities. Join us in this important San Diego County dialogue. 

Panelists Include: 
  • Dr. Shirley Weber, Assembly Member California District 79
  • Dr. Joi Spencer, Interim Dean/Professor, University of San Diego
  • Dr. Cynthia Larkin, Principal Morse High School, San Diego Unified School District
  • Dr. Joseph Johnson, Executive Director, National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST)
  • Timothy Shaw, Board Member, Lemon Grove School District

English Transcript

Latinx Leadership Panel


San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold and several local Latinx leaders discuss how they are proactively addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx community. Learn about what they are doing in their leadership roles and how we might join them in their work on behalf of students. This event took place on June 8, 2020.

Panelists include:

  • Corinna Contreras, Member, Vista City Council
  • Armando Farías, President, Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Education
  • Dr. Carmen García, Superintendent, San Marcos Unified School District
  • Cipriano Vargas, Member, Vista Unified School District Board of Education
  • Lou Barrios, Member, South Bay Union School District Board of Trustees

View a recording of the webinar here

English Transcript | Spanish Transcript

Knowledge is Power - Equity Considerations in the Age of COVID

The purpose of these learning sessions is to provide research-based information that will invoke reflective and provocative thought on public ed MID and POST Pandemic. Short Segments of research and reflection to help guide our collective thinking. The sessions are short, 15 minute Webinar segments.

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