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Equity Conference 2020

Equity Conference 2020

Equity Conference 2020

Where there is vision, there is hope.

Join hundreds of educators, policymakers, advocates, and others to advance educational equity for California’s most vulnerable students.

  • Date: Jan. 16 and 17
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: San Diego Convention Center
  • Register Now

The San Diego County Office of Education is dedicated to providing districts and schools with the supports leaders and educators need to nurture safe and inclusive learning environments for all students.

SDCOE's statewide Equity Conference will be a valuable time for county offices, districts, schools, community partners, and parents to collaborate and learn together on how to engage effective, systemic change.

It will bring together nationally recognized speakers and spotlights current research and best practices. The Equity Conference sessions are focused on strengthening our systems to better respond to the linguistic, cultural, social-emotional, and mental health needs of all students, and create the conditions for them to thrive and make healthy choices. 

We look forward to coming together with a renewed sense of purpose to transform our individual and collective equity work and create places of exceptional vision, hope, and opportunity for all.

Call for Presenters 

Equity Conference 2020 sessions will provide actionable strategies for the improvement of academic and social emotional instruction, inclusive school culture, and equitable systems across organizations that support our most vulnerable youth. Submit your session proposal now to outline how you will advance participants’ thinking and offer practical applications rooted in educational equity with an emphasis on shareable practices and helpful advocacy strategies. 

Our breakout sessions are organized into five overarching strands: 

    1. Academics 
    2. Culture and Climate 
    3. Family and Community Engagement 
    4. Leadership 
    5. Mental Health and Wellness 

As well as six sub-strand focus areas: 

    • Cultural Responsiveness 
    • Disproportionate Representation and Access 
    • Homeless and Foster Youth 
    • LGBTQ+ Youth 
    • Multilingual Learners 
    • Students with Disabilities

Read the full call for presenters information sheet to learn more.

EC2020 Hotel Group PricingHilton Hotel

Sold Out! Please click here to visit our room reservation website.

Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
401 K Street
San Diego, California 92101

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Keynote Speaker Announcements
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Dr. Donald Grant

Dr. Donald Grant is a clinical psychologist who served as an administrator in the country's largest child welfare district after a career as a public middle school teacher. He is a published author and socio-cultural analyst connecting mental health and social justice. Dr. Grant currently straddles two roles as the executive director of Mindful Training Solutions and dean of the School of Human Development at Pacific Oaks College.

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Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn't your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to "Be Relentless! Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. Under his leadership — his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Tia Martinez headshotTia Martinez

Tia Martinez has more than 25 years of experience doing social change work in low-income communities and communities of color. She applies her experience in education reform, teacher effectiveness, and racial justice to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and transforming life chances for boys and men of color. 

Tim Wise headshotTim Wise 

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. 

Featured Speaker Announcements

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Dr. Delores Lindsey

Dr. Delores Lindsey is an author and retired CSU San Marcos professor who helps educational leaders examine their policies and practices, individual beliefs, and values about cross-cultural communication.

Dr. Kizzy Lopez headshotDr. Kizzy Lopez

Dr. Kizzy Lopez is an assistant professor of Social Work at Fresno Pacific University whose research examines practices and policies and the impact on outcomes for college-going foster youth and students of color. Her passion and commitment to serve this population through her research and practice stems from her own experiences with the foster care system as a child and experiences with homelessness while in college.

New keynote speakers will be announced here, by email, and on social media @SanDiegoCOE.