Leadership and Equity Summit 2019

THIS IS A SOLD OUT EVENT
 
The San Francisco Early Childhood Leadership & Equity Summit is an experience that welcomes ECE community members 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 Sessions:

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Jazz Monique Hudson is an international Poet, Artist, & Educator who serves a host of communities seeking transformation through art. With a holistic approach to content & development, her interdisciplinary work engages audiences in dialogue and activism that extend beyond the page and stage. Jazz currently serves as a Poet Mentor/resident in several Bay Area schools and organizations.

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

  • Workshop Description: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.
  • Presenter Biography: Sizwe Andrews-Abakah is a father, husband and youth organizer that has worked in the Bay Area since 2001. While the foundation of his youth development experience is K-12 academic instruction, Sizwe has worked as Conflict Resolution Coordinator at Skyline High School, a Life Skills Facilitator with  youth at Ujima Adult and Family Services, a culturally based mental health agency for people of African descent based in San Jose CA., and has been impactful in forwarding the African American Male Achievement Initiative through the Oakland Unified School District as a Manhood Development Program Facilitator and trainer.

3. Sanación radical para educadores de ECE presentado por Mara Diaz de Flourish Agenda

  • Descripción del taller: Los participantes aprenderán cómo aplicar Sanación Radical (SR) a su trabajo y vida personal. Este taller va a proveer un espacio para explorar SR e integrar el principio de su significado a través de un ejercicio de escritura, “¿Quién soy yo?” Este taller se puede usar como herramienta para establecer conexiones entre colegas y compañeros.  
  • Biografía de la presentadora: Mara Chavez-Diaz es una candidata de doctorado en la escuela de posgrado de educación en la Universidad de California en Berkeley. Ella recibió su licenciatura del colegio Mills y su maestría de estudios sociales y culturales de la Universidad de California en Berkeley. Ella ha sido pionera con su trabajo en comunidades de color, enfocándose en los jóvenes, la descolonización, y la política de sanación. Ella recibió la beca de investigación de la fundación Ford (Ford Foundation Fellowship) gracias a su trabajo de tesis donde se enfocó en la curación y testimonios. Su trabajo se enfoca en esfuerzos comunitarios para traer revolución a la educación. Mara Chavez-Diaz investiga el papel de la espiritualidad y la curación para lograr la justicia en la esfera de educacion.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: MIzan Alkebulan Abakah, MPH has worked for over 20 years as a community organizer and youth development professional. Her commitment to social justice has fueled her work as a crisis intervention specialist, health educator, curriculum coach, multi-modal workshop facilitator, community researcher and School Based Health Center Supervisor. MIzan is currently promoting trauma-informed strengths-based wellness as the Co-Founder of Spearitwurx Foundation and is the creator of Sankofa Sistahs, culturally-based, gender specific Healing Circles for youth and adults.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Dr. Sullivan has been working in the field of early care and education for more than 30 years and she has been an instructor of pre-service and in-service early childhood educators at both SF State and CCSF for more than 10 years. Dr. Sullivan also serves on several San Francisco policy committees including the Office of Early Care and Education Citizens Advisory Committee, the Early Childhood Educators Association of San Francisco (co-chair), Family Childcare Association of San Francisco (board president) and represents family child care and early childhood educators in many city and state associations and committees.

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

  • Worskhop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Eliana Elias has been working as an educator for the past 30 years. In her early 20’s, she worked as a teacher in her home country, Brazil, before moving to the US to attend graduate school. After earning a masters in Early Childhood Education, she worked (for 12 years!) as an instructor at The Mills College Children’s School, a laboratory school dedicated to teacher development where she experienced first hand the power of a learner-centered philosophy. For the past 17 years, Eliana has been working as a consultant, professional specialist, workshop presenter, coach and college instructor.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Michelle Grant-Groves is the Founding Director of the I3 Institute and Executive Director of the Center of Gravity; a STEM-based and Arts Integration Early Learning Lab School for the Institute; located in the Greater Bay Area. Michelle's work centers around designing collaborative, learning communities that advance racial justice, empowerment, and inclusion; using inquiry and equity as core levers for authentic, sustainable community transformation. She has worked in the field of education for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, center director, school district administrator, worthy-wage advocate, published author, and national professional development designer and facilitator.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Madonna Stancil holds a master’s degree in education and thirty years of experience in the field of Early Care and Education. She is committed to recognizing the positive effect inclusive early childhood education programs and care have on the development of children and their families.  She is an active member with Bandtec Community of leaders for equity, actively involved with CPAC, and has been on the board for diversity.  As a committed advocate for equity I believe people of all ethnicity must be heard.   

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Nadia Jaboneta is a program coordinator and classroom teacher at Pacific Primary preschool in San Francisco, California. She has 20 years experience in the Early Childhood Education field teaching young children, training teachers, consulting and facilitating workshops on reflective practice, social justice, project work, sensory integration and schema theory.  

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

  • Workshop Description: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. 
  • Presenter Biography: Sandra Moore is a full time faculty member and Department Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department at Contra Costa College, PITC faculty, and an independent contractor with BANDTEC. Although she is a native of Oakland, CA., Sandra earned her BA degree in Child Development from Cal State University Northridge then returned to her community to earn her MA in Early Childhood Education with a Child Life Certificate from Mills College. Sandra considers herself a lifelong learner and works to immerse herself in learning environments related to diversity, equality, and social justice and has done several trainings around "Implicit Bias".

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)

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Sara Hicks-Kilday directs the Early Care & Educators of San Francisco (ECESF), an educator-driven organization promoting the leadership of early care educators in community organizing and policy development to affect change. The ECESF actively works with San Francisco’s Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC) and the Office of Early Care and Education (OECE) to recommend policy and advocate for needed resources to address equity issues facing educators, children and families delivering and served by early care and education in San Francisco.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Neva Bandelow is the Early Learning Program Manager who leads the Alameda County Office of Education’s (ACOE) support of high-quality early childhood education. Her position’s overarching goals are to build a curricular and instructional bridge between preschool through 3rd grade to support the readiness levels of children entering elementary school and to serve in a fiscal and leadership role for the QRIS.  

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Sandy Osborne is an innovative Program Administrator with 30 years of experience working with young children and their families in both public and private preschool programs. She was the Director for 14 years at the SFUSD Presidio Child Development where she was instrumental in creating a nationally recognized early education program (infant – 5th grade). She is a demonstrated instructional leader known for having a strong vision as well as an in-depth understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach, emergent curriculum and project-based learning. She has worked in the field as a teacher, a consultant, an implementer of professional development initiatives and a site director.  

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Yohana Quiroz is an accomplished community and public policy leader with almost two decades of early childhood education, family support and social services experience with a track record of delivering organizational impact through accountability, shared leadership, transparency and integrity. She has devoted her career to issues affecting young children, youth; including pregnant and parenting teens and low income families.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Betty Pazmiño has been an educator in SFUSD for the past 34 years.  She is a Spanish bilingual practitioner and has trained numerous teachers in the district.  Currently, she along with her colleague, Ravi Kline, has been presenting the new History/Social Studies Core Curriculum for PK and TK teachers.  This work includes DAP, culturally relevant pedagogy, and family connections.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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
  • Presenter Biography: Michelle Grant-Groves is the Founding Director of the I3 Institute and Executive Director of the Center of Gravity; a STEM-based and Arts Integration Early Learning Lab School for the Institute; located in the Greater Bay Area. Michelle's work centers around designing collaborative, learning communities that advance racial justice, empowerment, and inclusion; using inquiry and equity as core levers for authentic, sustainable community transformation. She has worked in the field of education for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, center director, school district administrator, worthy-wage advocate, published author, and national professional development designer and facilitator.  

7. Diversity Beyond the Potlucks: An Inclusive Cultural Approach presented by Madonna Stancil and Sandra Davis from Felton Institute (Spanish and Cantonese translation available)

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Madonna Stancil holds a master’s degree in education and thirty years of experience in the field of Early Care and Education. She is committed to recognizing the positive effect inclusive early childhood education programs and care have on the development of children and their families.  She is an active member with Bandtec Community of leaders for equity, actively involved with CPAC, and has been on the board for diversity.  As a committed advocate for equity I believe people of all ethnicity must be heard.

8. How Nueroscience Will Make You a Better Leader presented by Lisa Lee from First 5 San Francisco 

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Lisa Lee brings over 35 years as an early childhood educator to her role as Senior Program Officer with First 5 San Francisco.  Working with teachers, directors and technical assistance professionals, she  oversees the city's Quality Rating and Improvement system, and the professional development opportunities in SF.  Lisa served as the Child Development Programs Director of Wu Yee Children's Services for over ten years. After a decade as the National Program Director for the Parent Services Project,  she was a founding member of the Bay Area Network for Diversity Training in ECE and the First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission.  Lisa is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and Pacific Oaks College.

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

  • Workshop Description: 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.
  • Presenter Biography: Sandra Moore is a full time faculty member and Department Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department at Contra Costa College, PITC faculty, and an independent contractor with BANDTEC. Although she is a native of Oakland, CA., Sandra earned her BA degree in Child Development from Cal State University Northridge then returned to her community to earn her MA in Early Childhood Education with a Child Life Certificate from Mills College. Sandra considers herself a lifelong learner and works to immerse herself in learning environments related to diversity, equality, and social justice and has done several trainings around "Implicit Bias".