Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis

Conversations for administrators, teachers, parents, and para-educators about ways to best serve every student during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join Live: Monday, June 8th: 1:00PM pacific time

Preparing Students For The Future: Addressing Covid-19, Distance Learning & Racial Justice

Live Professional Learning Session

A conversation on:

  1. instructional scheduling
  2. access to technology devices and reliable wi-fi
  3. households with multiple students
  4. opportunities for academic support (classroom, civic and community-based)
  5. parental support and involvement
  6. caregiver considerations

Join us for 30 free, live virtual seminars with leading educators and equity leaders that help parents, teachers, para-educators, and administrators better meet the needs of our economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the University of California Los Angeles Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) have collaborated to develop this free online series, which provides families and educators with the tools and strategies they need to enhance equity in the virtual learning space in the wake of the COVID-19 school closures.

With support from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), we’re inviting educators and equity leaders to share the practices and approaches that they believe will ensure that students continue to learn and thrive, even as their schools remain closed.

You’re invited to join these conversations. Please register once to join each free, hour-long conversation. Together with individual educators and school-based teams from across the state, you will have the chance to discover the real-world-tested strategies you can employ right away to improve outcomes for your students, even as they continue their learning from home.

Can’t make a session? Register now to ensure access to every live and archived session, and to share the growing archive with your colleagues or staff.

Ask The Experts – Engagement Portal
At the CAAASA-UCLA Partnership Project, every voice counts.

Because we firmly believe that every question, concern, comment and suggestion is valuable and deserves a response, now more than ever, we’ve created a way for you to communicate with us.

Please click the button below to ask questions or share problems you are encountering with education during Shelter-in-Place.

Live Professional Learning Sessions

Week One: Monday, April 20 thru Thursday, April 23

SESSION ONE: MONDAY APRIL 20, 2020

Advocating for Everyone: Helping Educators and Parents Support Children While Learning at Home

Pedro A. Noguera, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Education;
Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION TWO: TUESDAY APRIL 21, 2020

Introducing Equity: Making a Difference for Every Child Through Strong, Positive Relationships

Lybroan James and Anne Watkins

Chief Educational Officer STEMulate Learning, LLC; and
Consultant and Senior Director – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

SESSION THREE: WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2020

Social-Emotional Health as We Shelter-in-Place: Best Practices and Resources

Ken Wesson

Educational Consultant, Neuroscience

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION FOUR: THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2020

Advocating for Everyone: Assisting Students with Technology Access While They’re Sheltered in Place

Dr. Barbara Nemko and Dr. Judy White

Superintendent, NAPA County Office of Education;
and Superintendent, Riverside County Office of Education

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

Live Professional Learning Sessions

Week Two: Monday, April 27 thru Thursday, April 30

SESSION FIVE: MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020

Advocating for Everyone: Communicating the Needs and Experiences of African American Students and Families During COVID-19

Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D.

Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership
Provost Professor of Education and Business
Founder and Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center
University of Southern California

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION SIX: TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020

Understanding Unconscious Bias: Combating Societal Conditioning

Lybroan James and Anne Watkins

Chief Educational Officer STEMulate Learning, LLC; and
Consultant and Senior Director – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

SESSION SEVEN: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020

Linking Child Development and Curriculum: Strategies for Building Self-esteem and Self-motivation

Ken Wesson

Educational Consultant, Neuroscience

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

SESSION EIGHT: THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020

Restoring Justice to Your School District: How Educators can Become Agents of Change

Dr. Paul Gothold

Superintendent, San Diego County Office of Education

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

Live Professional Learning Sessions

Week Three: Monday, May 4 thru Thursday, May 7

SESSION NINE: MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020

From Engaging to Co-Education: Supporting Parents in Co-Educating Students

Alicia Montgomery, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Center for Powerful Public Schools and Innovate Public Schools

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION TEN: TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020

Family Support: What To Do for At-Risk Students and Families in Acute Need

Tracy Thompson

Executive Director, Juvenile and Community Schools, San Diego County Office of Education

Stephanie Johnston Austin

Supervisor III, Student Support and Family Involvement
Juvenile Court and Community Schools
San Diego County Office of Education

Christopher Toomey

Head Counselor
Juvenile Court and Community Schools
San Diego County Office of Education

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION ELEVEN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness

Dr. Ayana Kee Campoli

Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute

Dion Burns

Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute

Leanne Wheeler

California State Homeless Coordinator, California Department of Education

Tara Turrentine

Coordinator, Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, Sacramento County Office of Education

Elena Cabrera

Director of Categorical Programs and Grants, Folsom-Cordova Unified School District

Jevon Wilkes

Executive Director, California Coalition for Youth

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

SESSION TWELVE: THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020

Homeschooling 101: What Every Parent and Educator Needs to Know about How Children Learn – Parents as Teachers, Study Schedules, Setting Expectations

Ken Wesson

Educational Consultant, Neuroscience

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

Live Professional Learning Sessions

Week Four: Monday, May 11 thru Friday, May 15

SESSION THIRTEEN: MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020

Supporting African American student needs during COVID-19

Tyrone C. Howard, Ph.D

Professor, Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Children & Families; Director, UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children & Families; Director, UCLA Black Male Institute; Graduate School of Education & Information Studies University of California, Los Angeles

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION FOURTEEN: TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020

College Readiness: Keeping Your Students on Track and Motivated to Win

Dr. Theresa Price

Founder at National College Resources Foundation

This conversation is right for: Counselors, Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

SESSION FIFTEEN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020

Everyday Science at Home for K-12 Students: The Kitchen, Living Room, and Garage as a Laboratory

Ken Wesson

Educational Consultant, Neuroscience

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

SESSION SIXTEEN: FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020

Virtual Teaching for Students of Color: How to Make Sure Culturally Relevant Practices Make Their Way Home

Dr. Bryan Brown

Associate Professor, Stanford University

This conversation is right for: Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

Live Professional Learning Sessions

Week Five: Monday, May 18 thru Thursday, May 21

SESSION SEVENTEEN: MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020

Extraordinary Leaders in Extraordinary Times

Dr. Tonikiaa Orange

Director of the Culture and Equity Project at UCLA Center X

Dr. Rita Suh

Facilitator/Coach, Culture and Equity Project at UCLA Center X.

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION EIGHTEEN: TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2020

Establishing Protocols for Online Teaching and Learning for Urban and Rural Students

Dr. Michele Bowers

Superintendent, Lancaster Unified School District

Lorrie Owens

Past President, Board of Directors, CITE (formerly CETPA)

Dr. Sharla Berry

Educational Researcher

This conversation is right for: Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION NINETEEN: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020

Physical Activity and Health: Family Fitness, Meal Planning and Conversations

Ken Wesson

Educational Consultant, Neuroscience

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals

TWENTY: THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

System Design: How Do We Ensure that We Serve Children Who Have Been Historically Disadvantaged?

Lybroan James and Anne Watkins

Chief Educational Officer STEMulate Learning, LLC; and
Consultant and Senior Director – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This conversation is right for: Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

Live Professional Learning Sessions

Week Six: Tuesday, May 26 thru Friday, May 29

SESSION TWENTY-ONE: TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020

What Schools Can Be: Planning for Schools After the Pandemic

Pedro A. Noguera, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Education;
Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION TWENTY-TWO: WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Building Student Confidence and Identity for Lifelong Learning

Lybroan James and Anne Watkins

Chief Educational Officer STEMulate Learning, LLC; and
Consultant and Senior Director – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This conversation is right for: Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION TWENTY-THREE: THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

Accelerating the Needs of English Learners During a Global Pandemic: Important Considerations

Socorro Shiels

Superintendent, Sonoma Valley Unified School District

Dr. Janet Schultze

Superintendent, Pittsburg Unified School District

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

SESSION TWENTY-FOUR: FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020

Parent Engagement: Establishing Positive Partnerships

Lisa Broomfield

Director of Categorical program and GATE, Moreno Valley Unified School District

Kymberly Taylor

African American Parent Involvement Specialist Moreno Valley Unified School District

This conversation is right for: Parents, Teachers, Para-Ed Professionals, School- and District- Administrators and Leaders

Live Professional Learning Sessions

Week Seven: Monday, June 1 thru Friday, June 5

SESSION TWENTY-FIVE: MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020

Ethnomathematics: Unlocking the Gates to College & Careers in the 21st Century

Lybroan James

Chief Educational Officer STEMulate Learning, LLC

This conversation is right for: Leadership, Administrators, Teachers and Para ed

 

SESSION TWENTY-SIX: TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2020

From Advocacy to Engagement: Supporting English Language Learners in These Challenging Times.

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillage

Executive Director, Ed Trust West

Ted Alejandre

Superintendent – San Bernardino County Office of Education Superintendent

This conversation is right for: Leadership, Administrators, Teachers and Para ed

 

SESSION TWENTY-SEVEN: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020

Planning California’s Districts Transition Back to School: A Blueprint for Districtwide Communication During COVID 19

Dr. Daryl Camp

Superintendent, San Lorenzo Unified School District

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District

This conversation is right for: Leadership, Administrators, Teachers and Para ed

 

SESSION TWENTY-EIGHT: THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020

Join Live: 1:00pm pacific time

Diagnosing Impact of Distance Learning and Amplified Learning Losses Due to Sheltering in Place

Diana De Los Santos

Managing Director of System Advising at Achievement Network

This conversation is right for: Leadership, Administrators, Teachers and Para ed