The pursuit of racial equity: Moving past engagement to changes in educator practice

Presenters: Annie Holmes, Kendra Davis & Ted Toomer

Changing and supporting educator practice is critical for advancing racial equity in schools, districts, and systems so that all students experience success. This webinar is based on the June issue of The Learning Professional, Action for Racial Equity. Presenters will share strategies, resources, and tangible ideas for embedding racial equity at the classroom, school, and system levels.

Chief Equity Officer at Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) | + posts

Annie Holmes is the chief equity officer at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Holmes is responsible for leading the Council's internal and external efforts to yield equitable outcomes for youth through strategic leadership. As an executive of the Council, she works in conjunction with the executive director and other executives to inform policy and practice of the Council. Prior to joining CCSSO, Holmes led the equity and diversity initiatives at multiple institutions of higher education and a membership organization in the finance industry.

High School Science Training and Support Coordinator at Detroit Public Schools Community District | + posts

Kendra Davis (Welling) is a high school science training and support coordinator in Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). Previously, as a high school science teacher in Detroit, she experienced the value of empowering students in the classroom through leadership and student voice to meet the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In her fourth year as a member of the DPSCD science team, she supports the district’s K-12 science curriculum alignment to NGSS and provides training and support for the science teachers implementing new curriculum and standards.

Director of Leadership Development at Broward County Public Schools | + posts

Ted Toomer is the director of leadership development for Broward County Public Schools. He has served in this capacity for four years. During his tenure, he has worked to improve the leadership preparation programs and enhance the way leaders are prepared throughout the system. Toomer has over 20 years of experience in education. He has served as both an elementary and middle school principal. Under his leadership, at the elementary school, student achievement reached the highest levels in the school’s history and the school was consistently recognized as one of the best schools in the district. His middle school was also one of the highest performing schools in the district. Toomer has served on numerous district and state committees.

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