Our first-ever fall conference will focus on disproportionality and equity for all learners. Educators will explore the root causes of disproportionality and identify policies and practices that perpetuate inequity. Keynotes and panels will discuss culturally responsive education, curriculum redesign, intersectionality, and implications for the classroom. Educators will reflect on the current climate around discipline, referral to special education, placement, and achievement – in order to take action towards ensuring equity in our schools.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided
- Please see the below seat allotment, based on membership level. Member overages are $150/seat.
- Premier – 5
- Enhanced – 3
- Core – 2
- Select – 1
- Keynote descriptions below. Two more speakers will be added
Natalie Zwerger, Esq. M.Ed, Director for Center for Strategic Solutions, leads a team that provides national workshops, trainings, and support promoting equity and racial justice. Ms. Zwerger’s expertise includes developing critical consciousness, combatting implicit bias, and dismantling systems of oppression in educational settings. Ms. Zwerger earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master’s of Education (M.S.Ed.) from City College, and a B.A. in Sociology from Tufts University. Ms. Zwerger has trained Superintendents, district leaders, university faculty and staff, numerous consultants, instructional coaches, equity coaches, undergraduate and graduate students and PK- 12 educators on facilitating critical conversations about race, power, and privilege as they relate to teaching and learning and turning dialogue into action for dismantling inequity.
Cathleen M. Antoine is an NYU Center for Strategic Solutions Equity Consultant and an educator from NYC with over 15 years experience as a classroom practitioner. Her career has primarily focused on English Language Arts but she has incorporated the arts and social activism as well in her pedagogy. Partnering and collaborating with institutions such as Weeksville Heritage Center, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College and Urban Word, she recognizes the vital role that creative expression plays in learning and as a part of culturally responsive practice. She holds a masters degree in Sociology of Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Stoop Nilsson is a white, transmasculine, artist, educator, organizer, and social worker with over seventeen years of human service experience in non-profit, state, and community settings. Stoop’s work has focused primarily on issues of mental health, poverty, anti-racism, police accountability, harm reduction and recovery, LGBTQ advocacy, leadership development, and community mobilization and engagement through political organizing. Stoop is an NYU Center for Strategic Solutions Equity Consultant, a consultant with the Anti-Defamation League, and a resource trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s Undoing Racism Workshops. Stoop has lectured at New York University on white culture, racial identity development, and the racialization of poverty. Stoop is a member of European Dissent NYC, a reflective and action oriented space for anti-racist white people to explore and expand collective power and humanity. Stoop is a Licensed Master Social Worker (NY) earning a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a Minor in Theology from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, and a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College.
Paul Forbes, Director of the Expanded Success Initiative at the NYCDOE Office of Postsecondary Readiness
Christopher Chatmon, Executive Director of African American Male Achievement and Deputy Chief of Equity for Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)