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The Racial Matters of College and Career Readiness

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While perennial racial disparities in access and opportunity characterize the educational achievement and experience of PreK-12 schooling, “college and career readiness” is now the umbrella under which many policies and programs are guided. This and the well-documented, ongoing racial discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion of people of color in higher education and the workplace should give rise to an educational and public policy dialogue on what it means to sanction the preparation of students, systemically, for racially predictable, disproportionate, and subordinate citizenship.

In this seminar, participants will utilize the Courageous Conversation Protocol and Systemic Racial Equity Transformation Framework to surface the challenges related to how race matters in our schools in the context of college and career readiness. This one-day session will coach participants through these tools and action strategies to sustain dialogue around preparation for college and career and to develop courageous solutions that give sight to racial blind spots and interrupt the current of race and power in the school to career pipeline.


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Tony Hudson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on the North Side, which is one of the most racially segregated metropolitan areas in the United States. The first racial equity champion in Tony’s life was his mother Rose. Growing up, Tony watched his mother enact racial consciousness, courage, and cultural capital to steer her children through K-12 education and to interrupt racism toward herself in her own workplace. Having his mother as a hero for racial equity was key in the formation of his passion for organizing learning communities for racial equity in K-12 education and beyond.

After completing his public school K-12 education, Tony went on to complete Bachelor’s and Master of Educational Leadership degrees. In his post-Master’s studies Tony became a licensed Principal and is currently completing a Doctoral degree. Tony is the first college graduate from his family.

Hudson has spent the majority of his career in school leadership for racial equity. Tony progressed through K-12 leadership as an Assistant and Head Principal at the elementary and secondary levels, where he maintained a passionate and persistent focus on racial equity. Under Tony’s leadership, the school he led was ranked as a top school in the state of Minnesota for its growth in eliminating racial disparities for children of color and students receiving special education and English language services. Within four years his school was transformed and known as a model of racially conscious professional learning communities, hiring, academic achievement, and parent engagement.

As a result of his persistent challenge of the larger school system to engage in systemic racial equity transformation as well, he was promoted to serve as Director of Educational Equity for the Osseo School District, in Minnesota. Under his systemic leadership, Osseo engaged in innovative partnerships with community-based racial justice organizations to make significant headway toward the elimination of the racial cradle-to-prison school-discipline pipeline. Tony led the development of a systemic racial equity transformation plan for his former school system that included the restructuring of his department to include highly trained system racial equity coaches, the development of two Freedom Schools, and leadership coaching for racial equity for system leaders. As a central office Director Tony led his department, state Achievement and Integration legislation implementation, and the systemic racial equity transformation plan.

In addition to his school and system level racial equity leadership, Tony developed deep experience as a volunteer engaged in community organizing for racial equity transformation in education and beyond. Tony has been a leader in organizations such as Isaiah Minnesota in campaigns to end the racial cradle-to-prison pipeline in school discipline and mass incarceration. In addition, Tony has partnered with African Immigrant service organizations to create school-community partnerships focused on building racial equity in education.

Tony’s experience in school district leadership and community organizing for racial equity in education informs his coaching of school leaders toward transformational partnerships with families and communities of color in his work as an Equity Transformation Specialist with Pacific Educational Group.

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