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Equity Professional Learning Events

Equity Blueprint Learning Sessions

Ask Me Anything

The "Ask Me Anything" series affords equity practitioners an opportunity to anonymously ask questions around specific topics and attend a short, 15-minute answer session where we will respond to submitted questions and share resources. The following sessions will be held 3:30-3:45 pm. Register Here

  • Jan 4: Race & Racism
  • Jan 11: Bias & Microaggression
  • Jan 25: Unpacking Privilege
  • Feb 1: Affinity Groups
  • Feb 8: Stereotype Threat
  • March 1: Equity Blueprint
  • March 8: Equity Practitioner Profile

Understanding the Blueprint

Get a comprehensive overview of SDCOE's Equity Blueprint for Action, including the purpose, stakeholder engagement efforts, and information about the four themes of socially conscious leadership.

Critical Consciousness

Begin the journey into a complex understanding of self and one's potential to create change within these systems.

Values, Beliefs, and Assumptions

Through a deep dive in critical self awareness, we will be better equipped to examine our collective and individual values, beliefs, and assumptions in an effort to understand how what we believe impacts relationships.

Implicit Bias & Microaggression

In this session, we will define and explore implicit bias and the resulting microaggressive behaviors, a focus of this session will be on noticing and excavating the beliefs & behaviors that perpetuate bias and inequities in our schools.

Foundations of Identity

Embark upon the unpacking of our own experiences and identity while connecting with the identities and experiences of others. This session offers a deep examination of self and how who we are impacts what we do.

Critical Self Awareness

In this session, participants will examine themselves, their understanding of who they are in service of understanding each and every student. 

The Skin That We Speak

In this session named after Lisa Delpit's book, we will explore thoughts on language and culture in the classroom as well as unpack attitudes and beliefs connected with language acquisition and use.

Linguistic Structures, Discourse Features, & Body Talk

A close examination of various linguistic structures and shared and unique discourse features across cultures. Learn more about how language and culture can include body language, speech patterns, and other ways of developing meaning.

Analyzing Language Demands & Amplifying Linguistic Context

Together we will explore the language demands of content standards and students’ academic achievement paired with strategies for amplifying linguistic context and leveraging linguistic funds of knowledge.

Being in Wise Relationship with Family & Community

Learn best practices and fruitful ways of inviting family and community into educational spaces. Explore how to connect the home cultures, languages, understandings, and brilliance of families in our own communities with the learning happening in the classroom. 

Family & Community Voice Structures

Family and community engagement specialists will share strategies for engaging the larger school community in consistent and ongoing structures of feedback, voice, and choice. Learn ways of embedding and leveraging the unique and deep contributions of parents and families.

Being in Wise Relationship with Students

Learning best practices for administrators and educators who are looking to better incorporate consistent and meaningful student voice and agency, build holistic relationships with students, and become more responsive to the academic, social, and emotional needs of young scholars.

Nothing About Us Without Us

This session will feature a group of students from across San Diego County as they share their input and feedback on how to best engage students and amplify the voices of youth scholars.

Integrated Literacy

Interpreting the demands of literacy and language standards to better understand how cultural and social influences play a factor in the efforts to create equity and access to curriculum and instruction.

Building Inclusive Classrooms

In preparation for the inclusion of Ethnic Studies courses, as well as broader curriculum diversification throughout San Diego County, the ADL and SDCOE are inviting educators to join us for a 3-part anti-bias workshop.  These interactive and discussion-based sessions will support the creation of safety and constructive dialogue in your classrooms and inspire your own units on identity through an exploration of your own.

Instructional Design for Equity Pedagogy  

This course introduced educators to culturally and linguistically responsive instructional practices, with a focus on instructional design. During six synchronous 1.5 hour sessions, teacher leaders build their capacity to support site and district implementation through an equity-centered approach. 

This course is aligned to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and leverages the Learning for Change Social Justice Standards.

  • Module 1: Aligning Our Work
  • Module 2: Creating a Culture of Learning and Equity 
  • Module 3: Designing for Equity
  • Module 4: Teaching Social Justice in the Classroom
  • Module 5: Celebrating Our Work 
  • Module 6: Aligning Our Work

TK - 5 Dates: 9/30, 10/14, 11/18, 2/10, 4/14, 5/12

Register here

6 - 12 Dates: 9/30, 10/28, 1/13, 2/24, 4/28, 5/12

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Native Ways of Knowing Micro-courses

San Diego County Office of Education and California Indian Education for All (CIEFA) will be hosting Native Ways of Knowing micro-courses. Educators and leaders are invited to learn from Native American educational, cultural, and tribal experts. Digital resources and Native Ways of Knowing micro-courses will liberate teachers and schools to educate students about the diverse histories, cultures, and contributions of California Native peoples. Educators and leaders will learn how to champion Indigenous education and design programs that support cultural and linguistic preservation and revitalization. The culturally responsive resources shared will improve representations and classroom climates for teaching and learning about California's first people.

Click here to explore the Native Ways of Knowing micro-courses.

Writing Redesigned for Innovative Teaching and Equity (WRITE)

The Writing Redesigned for Innovative Teaching and Equity (WRITE) Institute, a national academic excellence model for professional development, supports TK-12 schools and districts to implement an equity-centered, culturally and linguistically responsive writing approach in English and Spanish. 

Learn more here

Network Meetings

Social Justice Collaborative: Ethnic Studies K-12 Curriculum

Starting Sept. 2. Monthly meeting taking place the first Thurs. of every month, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., to understand, design, and collaborate on social justice K-12 curriculum. Register here.

Allyship to Accomplice

The sustainability of long term equity work that is necessary to truly change conditions for our students, requires a network of allies that are willing to learn about themselves and their craft, a space to support each other, push each other and create an affinity group of willing educators that will create a system of support for each other in service of our students.

Learning Sessions will be centered on the three aspects that weave into our capacity to hold and engage in equity work:

Our Identity- What do I understand about my own identity and how students may experience me? 

Our Mindset- What is my own mindset and assumptions about my students’ ability?

Our Skillset-What skills do I have, and which do I need to meet the various needs of students? 

Please sign up for our interest list to get information about when the next network will begin.

Past Webinars

Students with Learning Differences

The Student Voice series allows us to continue to elevate students' voices and engage with their experience in school through listening. This experience panel features students with learning differences.


Students with Learning Differences Experience Panel was held on June 16, 2021. Click here to view the video.

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.

LGBTQIA+ Student Experience Panel


The LGBTQIA+ Student Experience Panel was held on April 28, 2021. Click here to view the video.

English Transcript

Middle East North Africa Student Experience Panel


The Middle East North Africa Student Experience Panel was held on Feb. 10, 2021. Click here to view the video.

English Transcript

American Indian Student Experience Panel


The American Indian Student Experience Panel was held on Nov. 18, 2020. Click here to view the video.

English Transcript

Latinx Student Experience Panel


The Latinx Student Experience Panel was held on Oct. 28, 2021. 

Click here to view the video

English Transcript

Asian Student Experience Panel


The Asian Student Experience Panel was held on Sept. 30, 2020. 

Click here to view the video

English transcript

Black Student Panel: Young, Gifted and Black


Click here to view the video.

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Learning Session Slides

Black Leadership Panel


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

Panelists were: 
  • 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.

Enhancing Equity with Social Emotional Learning Webinar Series, hosted in partnership with with Panorama Education

It's more important than ever to focus on the racial inequities that exist within our school districts and learn how to actively fill the gaps. Throughout the series, we focus on how to leverage social-emotional learning (SEL) to address inequity that exists among, students, staff, and families. 

Access the series here

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