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4825 OIson Memorial Hwy

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Golden Valley, MN 55422

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This is a two-day workshop.

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The two-day Beyond Diversity seminar is the foundation (prerequisite) for all equity leadership development. WMEP recommends a common protocol for racial discourse, and the Courageous Conversations™ protocol is introduced in this workshop. Beyond Diversity is designed to help leaders, educators, students, parents, and community understand the impact of race on student achievement and the role that racism plays in institutionalized academic achievement disparities.


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Peter Gerdts is currently serving as an equity coach with St. Louis Park Public Schools; prior to this, he has worked as a Q-Comp coordinator and as a secondary social studies teacher at FAIR School - Crystal and Perpich Arts High School. He has designed and taught world studies curriculum grounded in social justice and facilitated Courageous Conversations™ with students about race and racism. Peter has also served and led on school and district equity teams. As a white male, Peter has a heightened awareness of how his race and gender have privileged his own journey. He speaks openly, in protocol and with mindful inquiry, while assisting others to stay engaged during difficult conversations. He adeptly models the teacher’s journey to racial consciousness with humor and humility. Peter has a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and holds a 5-12 teaching license through Hamline University.

Devrae Hudson is an African American equity-centered teacher leader committed to the success of young people. She has provided national staff development on curriculum and team leadership skills. Devrae currently serves as an equity coach with St. Louis Park Public Schools; prior to this, she worked as a Q-Comp coach for WMEP’s FAIR Schools. Her work’s focus has been on racial equity and coaching for improved instruction. Devrae has 20 years of experience teaching at the elementary level. Her teaching experience has consistently been coupled with a leadership component around equity and effective instruction. Devrae is a graduate of Spelman College with a BA in Child Development and has her M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is a well-respected instructional leader and engages in difficult conversations with grace and authenticity. Students and teachers alike respond well to her passion for racial equity and student achievement, and she skillfully creates space for all voices, including her own.

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