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Saturday, May 4


Racial and Cultural Microaggressions Are Not so ‘Micro’: Understanding the Hidden Language (and Impact) of Microaggressions
This will be an interactive workshop focused on identifying, interrupting, and transforming microaggressions. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences of micro-aggressions, including being targeted by them and being the person unconsciously offending.  From the framework of cultural humility, and in community, we will share specific examples of microaggressions, identify systemically oppressive themes connected to them, and discuss the hidden messages behind them.

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John Scott

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for WA state, Seneca Family of Agencies
John Scott is an educator, clinician, facilitator, writer, and consultant, who has been providing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion support to organizations and individuals for over 20 years. He is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Washington State with... Read More →

Talia Crichton

Clinical Intervention Specialist, Seneca Family of Agencies

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Crystal Ballroom C Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center, 17620 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA, 98188


Cultivating the Genius of Black Students
Substantial research indicates that Black students have distinct, unique learning styles and preferences. When we create classroom environments that include Black cultural expectations and adult-child interactions, we create opportunities for Black students to excel. Come learn the best practice, the best pedagogy, and the best strategies for teaching Black students and develop an implementation plan to make that happen today.

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Dr. Debra Sullivan

Founder, Ashé Preparatory Academy
Dr. Sullivan is the Founder of Ashé Preparatory Academy, a K-8 public charter school that will open in 2019 in Skyway, Washington. She is also Past President of the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute (BCDI-Seattle) where the primary focus of her work... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mercer B Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center, 17620 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA, 98188


Leading with our Hearts and Minds
This workshop invites Educators of Color and future Educators of Color (EOC) and those who want to be present as allies to come together and build community and awareness. Similar to the Consciousness Raising Circles used widely during 2nd Wave Feminism, we hope to connect the individual struggles we experience to shared roots in oppressive systems. We will provide the opportunity to share our stories of what it means to be an EOC specifically in the context of liberal, well-meaning education spaces. Through learning about the resiliency of our community, participants will walk away with the skills and stories to create spaces for us to step into leadership in a way that is grounded in who we are, not what is expected of us.

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Tamasha Emedi

Educator, Highline School District
Born and raised in Olympia, Washington and a proud graduate of Olympia High School, Tamasha Emedi (she/her) went on to study political science at Gonzaga University, and Educational Leadership at Washington State University. She’s been teaching elementary school for the last 6 years... Read More →

Kassey Castro

Choir Teacher, Foster High School

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Mercer A Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center, 17620 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA, 98188