Investing in adult learners: Recruiting, supporting, and retaining educators of color in a virtual world

Presenters: Jevelyn Bonner-Reed, Diarese George, Cicely Woodard, & Jessica Heard

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Increasing the recruitment, support, and retention of educators of color is critical for advancing equity-focused schools, districts, and systems so that all students experience success. This webinar will focus on the resources, strategies, and tangible ideas at the classroom, school, and organizational levels for combating barriers that impact educators of color and the systems in which they serve. Participants will: Understand the value and importance of having more educators of color and their impact on student success; Learn about recruitment, support, and retention strategies to better support educators of color in a variety of settings (virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face) this school year; and Share questions and advice among a community of learners.

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Chief Human Resources Officer at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools | + posts

In addition to being the chief human resources officer at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Jevelyn Bonner-Reed also serves as principal pipeline professional learning community consultant. At Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Bonner-Reed led the development of the district’s assistant principal and principal talent pools and is working on launching other components of the Principal Pipeline.

Executive Director at Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance | + posts

Diarese George is the founder and executive director of the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, an organization focused on developing, supporting, and connecting educators of color with decision-making power who shape, create, and influence policy. Recruiting, retaining, and providing mentorship and leadership pathways for educators of color are by products of this work. Previously, he served as the director of recruitment for the Nashville Teacher Residency where his primary focus was recruiting more people of color to the education profession.

Mathematics Teacher at Kickapoo High School | + posts

Cicely Woodard is an experienced teacher leader who is passionate about students learning math content through relevant, real-world contexts. Her teacher leadership work involves speaking at the local, state, and national levels, developing district-wide scope and sequence documents, reviewing state-wide assessments, mentoring students teachers, and facilitating mathematics education professional learning opportunities.

Chief of Equity and Inclusion at National Center for Teacher Residencies | + posts

Jessica Grady Heard has over 18 years of experience as an educator, non-profit leader, and school district administrator. As National Center for Teacher Residencies’s chief of equity and inclusion, Heard oversees a national initiative to attract, develop, and empower black teacher residents. Additionally, she leads internal diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for National Center for Teacher Residencies staff.

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