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EDvance's Leadership and Equity Summit

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San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

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The San Francisco Early Childhood Leadership & Equity Summit welcomes the early childhood community to engage in dialogue and strategies focused on educational equity and leadership in early learning settings. The summit is a call to early childhood educators, practitioners, and leaders to reflect on and understand our positions as change agents and to uplift strategies that move us toward building an equitable society in which our children, families, and educators will thrive in.

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Shawn Ginwright. Dr. Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is an Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flourish Agenda Inc., a national nonprofit consulting firm that works with schools, youth serving organizations, foundations, and local governments to build and implement strategies that allow young people of color to flourish. He has published extensively on issues related to urban youth in journals such as Social Problems, Social Justice, Urban Review, and New Directions in Youth Development. To read more, visit http://www.shawnginwright.com

Participants will register for one morning and one afternoon workshop. The morning workshop theme is Reflecting Inward to Improve Our Power as ECE Professionals. The afternoon workshop theme is Applications of Equity and Leadership Practices in the ECE Sector. Workshop descriptions can be found below. Before registering, please take some time to review and select the workshops you are most interested in attending:

Workshops Offered

Morning Workshops:

1. Radical Healing for ECE Educators presented by Jazz Hudson from Flourish Agenda

  • Participants will learn how to apply Radical Healing (RH) to their work and personal lives. This workshop provides a space to explore RH how to integrate the principle of the meaning through a “Who Am I” writing exercise that can also be used as a tool to build connections with peers and co-workers.

2. Radical Healing for ECE Educators presented by Sizwe Andrews-Abakah from Flourish Agenda

  • Participants will learn how to apply Radical Healing (RH) to their work and personal lives. This workshop provides a space to explore RH how to integrate the principle of the meaning through a “Who Am I” writing exercise that can also be used as a tool to build connections with peers and co-workers.

3. Radical Healing for ECE Educators presented by Mara Diaz from Flourish Agenda (presented in Spanish)

  • Participants will learn how to apply Radical Healing (RH) to their work and personal lives. This workshop provides a space to explore RH how to integrate the principle of the meaning through a “Who Am I” writing exercise that can also be used as a tool to build connections with peers and co-workers.

4. Radical Healing for ECE Educators presented by Mizan Alkebulan Abakah from Flourish Agenda (Cantonese translation available)

  • Participants will learn how to apply Radical Healing (RH) to their work and personal lives. This workshop provides a space to explore RH how to integrate the principle of the meaning through a “Who Am I” writing exercise that can also be used as a tool to build connections with peers and co-workers.

5. Yes! You can Be a Leader presented by Pat Sullivan from FCCASF and Sara Hicks-Kilday from ECESF

  • Leadership is for everyone. This workshop focuses on the inner strengths, skills, perspectives and personal characteristics you can combine to make you a trailblazer. ECE practitioners need to be at the table helping stakeholders understand how regulations and policies impact teachers, children, and families.

6. Interrupting the Cycle of Inequities presented by Eliana Elias and Casey Federico from SF Quality Connections

  • This open and honest conversation highlights the role coaches, site supervisors and professional development specialists have in supporting educators to see themselves as critical participants in social change.

    Real stories are shared to show how a reflective framework makes connections between teaching practices and the reproduction (or interruption) of inequities.

7. Equity-by-Design: Learning to be Brave on the Rocks presented by Michelle Grant-Groves from i3 Institute

  • Participants will explore how to create authentic spaces of inclusion, beauty, and belonging that are both "safe" and "brave" for the learning community. Together, we will use an inquiry framework that moves us away from "what about me" conversations and into collaboratively designing "how about we" solutions.

8. Diversity Beyond the Potlucks: An Inclusive Cultural Approach presented by Madonna Stancil and Sandra Davis from Felton Institute

  • This workshop aims to open mindsets and transform previously learned behaviors into positive actions for equity. Participants will explore strategies and approaches for creating an inclusive environment that will nurture educators’ interactions, identity development, and ability to resist bias in a cultural context.

9. Anti-bias Curriculum: What can we do to bring these values to life in our classroom? presented by Nadia Jaboneta and Brian Silveira from Pacific Primary

  • While considering the many facets of diversity, participants will explore what Anti-bias curriculum is and ways to introduce children to the diverse world in which they live. Through reflection, sharing stories and examining children’s literature, teachers will discover age-appropriate strategies to confront bias and unfairness in a myriad of situations.

10. Implicit Bias and You presented by Sandra D. Moore and Sheila Norman from BANDTEC

  • Through interactive activities, discussions, and reflection on where our biases come from; we will take an inward look at the part that we play in social injustice within the ECE community. Awareness building activities will help us understand that we all have biases and awareness make us stronger ECE professionals.

Afternoon Workshops:

1. An Equity Lens of San Francisco ECE Compensation presented by Sara Hicks-Kilday from ECESF and Denise Corvino from OECE (Spanish and Cantonese translation available)

  • Participants will receive the latest information on SF early childhood educator wages; including discrepancies along racial and ethnic lines and job positions. The group will reflect and discuss equity implications for educators, children, and families, provide input for current proposals, and be introduced to opportunities for ongoing involvement.

2. Leading for Racial Equity presented by Neva Bandelow and Dr. LaWanda Wesley from Alameda Office of Education

  • Our current early childhood system design and inability to adapt to rapid change leads us to address how we envision leadership. Learn about our leadership development model that utilizes racial equity as drivers for change. Move on with tools and strategies to meet your community needs for 21st century leadership.

3. Looking Beyond Ourselves to Create Equitable Learning Environments for Young Learners presented by Sandy Osborne from Sandy Osborne Consulting

  • This workshop offers participants an opportunity to reflect on their own cultural biases and past experiences as we discuss equitable learning environments. Through images, we will examine the role of the educator in making thoughtful decisions about the physical classroom environment, materials, provocations and experiences being offered to children.

4. Supporting Emerging Leaders: Cultivating their Voice, Agency, Influence, and Leadership presented by Yohana Quiroz from Felton Institute

  • Leadership occurs at all levels in the early childhood education field. From teacher's assistants to supervisors, how we perceive our roles as educators and change agents in the field of ECE is critical . In this session, we will focus on how to serve as mentors to increase the leadership diversity and strengthen the early childhood leadership pipeline.

5. History/Social Studies in Early Education Classrooms presented by Betty Pazmino and Ravi Kline from SFUSD Early Education Department

  • SFUSD’s Early Education Department developed a curriculum in response to the need for teachers to examine their own cultural biases to create culturally responsive and relevant early education classroom environments. Participants will learn about the curriculum and how it can be child-centered and equity focused. Resources will be provided.

6. My Culture is Not a Costume: Creating Culturally Responsive Learning Communities presented by Michelle Grant-Groves from i3 Institute

  • We will explore how to design learning spaces with authentic relationships in mind. Move beyond Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration in designing developmentally, culturally, and linguistically responsive learning spaces and environments. #ItsAllAboutTheRelationship

7. Diversity Beyond the Potlucks: An Inclusive Cultural Approach presented by Madonna Stancil and Sandra Davis from Felton Institute

  • This workshop aims to open mindsets and transform previously learned behaviors into positive actions for equity. Participants will explore strategies and approaches for creating an inclusive environment that will nurture educators’ interactions, identity development, and ability to resist bias in a cultural context.

8. How Nueroscience Will Make You a Better Leader presented by Lisa Lee from First 5 San Francisco (Spanish and Cantonese translation available)

  • Join this session to learn about and apply recent neuroscientific findings that underlie effective leadership and change practice. Re-think staff supervision and systems change based how the brain really learns and works. Read social situations more effectively (including your own emotions) to better connect with other people and bringing people together.

9. Implicit Bias and You presented by Sandra D. Moore and Sheila Norman from BANDTEC

  • Through interactive activities, discussions, and reflection on where our biases come from; we will take an inward look at the part that we play in social injustice within the ECE community. Awareness building activities will help us understand that we all have biases and awareness make us stronger ECE professionals.
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