Summer Educational Equity Institute

Summer 2022 Professional Development Series

Hosted by Wright State's OPFE, Co-Sponsored by Sinclair's Education Department

Please join us for free sessions open to all education professionals (and educators in training) in our region. Collective post-pandemic hope invites us to acknowledge that one size cannot fit all. We have seen that opportunity and success are not equally available to all. We responded to local calls for information, community, and action to address entrenched inequity; we have invited experts in equity to facilitate the following sessions. Certificates of attendance including clock hours will be emailed following each event.

Location, Online Platform, and/or Session Information

Before the sessions
  • Most sessions will be held in person at Wright State University.
  • There is no need to obtain a parking pass. If you park in Lot 7, you will not be ticketed.
  • If you have registered for a online session, you will receive an email with location or online platform information 3 or 4 days prior to the session. If you have not received an email, please check your spam or clutter email folders.
  • Low enrollment may cancel sessions. Registrants will be notified of canceled sessions.

At the end of the sessions

  • You will respond to the session survey with a link or QR code provided at the end of the presentation. Upon submitting your survey, including your first name, last name, and email address, you will receive an email with a PDF copy of your certificate with the clock hours for the session you attended. Please let us know if you do not receive your certificate.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

When: Monday, June 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Presenter: Dr. Rochonda Nenonene (Assistant Professor, Urban Teacher Academy Director, University of Dayton) & Dr. Novea McIntosh (Assistant Professor, Urban Teacher Academy Director, University of Dayton)

Description: Participants will study and develop an understanding of how to create a class and schoolwide community equity model grounded in the framework of culturally responsive teaching (Hammond, 2015 & Moule, 2012) while working in professional learning communities (Easton, 2015). Utilizing quantitative data as a starting point to identify goals and objectives, the professional learning communities are expected to commit to engage in critical self-reflection, analysis of professional practice and develop an action plan that will be implemented and assessed.

The sessions will explore how the educators develop professional trust, cultural awareness, challenge implicit biases and engage in critical reflection as they seek to create a class and schoolwide community that respects and enables students to become independent learners while encouraging and maintaining high quality academic achievement.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map (park in Lot 7)

Register for June 13th Session

"Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices"

Life is a Circle: Cultural Humility Practice

When: Tuesday, June 14th, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Presenter: darsheel kaur (Cultural Educator, Healing Artist, Wellness Coach) and amaha sellassie (Associate Professor, Sociology, Sinclair Community College)

Description: In this experiential workshop, participants will explore and practice cultural humility through storytelling, reflection, and listening in a restorative circle. The depth to which we know ourselves allows us to know one another deeply. Cultural Humility honors the lifelong journey of learning and creates a pathway for us to be more human in our lives and our work. Join us as we co-create a space together to exhale and be together in a way that nourishes us for the work ahead.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map (park in Lot 7)

Register for June 14th Session

"Life is a Circle: Cultural Humility Practice"

Visible & Resilient in Community and Self: Intentioned Prevention Ed and Supports of/with Q+ Youth and Allies

When: Wednesday, June 15th, 9:00am-12:00pm

Presenter: Richelle Frabotta (LGBTQ+ Health Initiatives Project Manager at Public Health Dayton Montgomery County) & Amanda Northcutt (Visible Resilient Coordinator)

Description: This workshop will explore why now -perhaps more than ever- LGBTQ+ youth need educators to be aware, informed, and capable of support. Visible and Resilient in Community and Self (V&R), funded by ADAMHS and located in Public Health, has been active in Montgomery County schools and communities for 3 years. V&R can provide both virtual and in-person: evidence-informed lesson plans that allow for a deeper understanding of self and society; drop-in gatherings for youth with prevention education as focus; collaborative programming; workshops, training, professional development; and scholarly supports and resources for policy and programming. V&R is a multi-disciplinary, youth informed inclusive educational services and prevention program working to increase health equity for LGBTQ+ youth who are historically and systemically marginalized. Lead by a former DPS middle school teacher and a founded by a Miami University professor, V&R in this workshop, will provide facts and data so that educators, administrators, and parents can feel confident in supporting the healthy development of 7th – 12th graders.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map (park in Lot 7)

Register for June 15th Session

"Visible & Resilient in Community and Self: Intentioned Prevention Ed and Supports of/with Q+ Youth and Allies"

Bridging the Gap Between Preschool and College: Creating Black Boy Friendly Classrooms

When: Friday, June 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm

Presenter: Trey Clements (Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Sinclair Community College) & Christopher James (Senior Program Manager, Preschool Promise)

Description: Data supports that Black boys are the lowest performers at the preschool level for various reasons. Because of these reasons, Black boys are often ill-prepared and struggle with their Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). With difficulty showing proficiency on the KRA, data suggests many Black boys are starting their academic careers behind before it even begins. This discussion of Bridging the Gap Between Preschool and College: Creating Black Boy Friendly Classrooms will introduce the current action steps being taken at the preschool level and how a continuation of this process can give Black boys a stronger foothold into K-12. In doing so, these steps are applicable at the postsecondary level increasing Black boys’ academic experiences from start to finish. Additionally, if the application of these strategies and approaches is intentional within learning environments, the experiences of ALL students are increased throughout the process.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map (park in Lot 7)

Register for June 17th Session

"Bridging the Gap Between Preschool and College: Creating Black Boy Friendly Classrooms"

Race in Shakespeare's Tragedies

When: Monday, June 20th, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Carol Mejia LaPerle (Professor, English, Wright State University)

Description: Shakespeare’s plays have been lauded for their aesthetic and cultural value. Unfortunately, many high schoolers do not consider this endorsement all that motivating or useful. In fact, students are increasingly interested in interrogating literature not for its own sake, but for the knowledge and tools it brings to contemporary live experiences.

To interrogate Shakespeare’s tragedies in its racial contexts, therefore, equips students with a crucial interpretive lens and historical understanding of racial formation’s role in identity, performance, and culture. This session will focus on the history of racial impersonation on Shakespearean stages, the culture’s representation of social outsiders, and the powerful dark/light dichotomy as a central trope that continues to inform our understanding of race today. Familiarity with the plays are not required. However, some scenes from Othello, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra can be triggering.

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"Race in Shakespeare's Tragedies"

Trauma Informed Care Strategies

When: Tuesday, June 21st, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Presenter: Laura Clarke (Low Incidence Consultant, Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services)

Description: This personalized training focuses on strategies we can use to support students who have experienced trauma. This session will explore how to define and understand impacts of childhood trauma, discuss strategies we can use to support students, and discuss ways we can take care of ourselves in this work.


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Register for June 21st Session

"Culturally Responsive Teaching & Anti-Racism"

Growing Inclusive Excellence in You and Your Learning Community: Case Study-Mason City Schools

When: Wednesday, June 22nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Presenter: Soroya Smith (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learning Experience Designer, Mason City Schools)

Description: Inclusive Excellence is a topic that is top of mind for many leaders, organizations, and communities. What does Inclusive Excellence mean to you and the people you serve? How do you grow in authentic inclusion as an individually, interpersonally and sustained systemic ways? In this workshop we will learn about the Inclusive Excellence Journey at Mason City Schools. Through the exploration of our timeline, professional learning models, and essential understandings in our inclusive excellence guide you will be inspired and have the opportunity to reflect and ideate on where you and the teams you are a part of are in your journey as well as plan how to move forward.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map (park in Lot 7)

Register for June 22nd Session

"Growing Inclusive Excellence in You and Your Learning Community: Case Study-Mason City Schools"

Cultural Humility: Why Equity Work is Never Done

When: Thursday, June 23rd, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Presenter: Allanté Johnson-Taylor, M.S. (School Equity Consultant; Teacher, Centerville High School)

Description: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines cultural humility as "a life-long process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another's culture, but one starts with an examination of [their] own beliefs and cultural identities." In recent years, we have seen a shift in discourse from one of cultural competence to one of cultural humility. However, there is some resistance to this change. Why? How can we embrace the concept in order to make tangible and impactful change? This session will provide participants with the ability to identify barriers to cultural humility, what transformation can occur with this shift in perspective, & behaviors that can be implemented to affect change at the personal, professional, & societal level. The impacts of fragility, silence, & microaggressions will also be addressed.


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Register for June 23rd Session

"Cultural Humility: Why Equity Work is Never Done"

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Conference Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 Check-in; Light breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 Welcome (CSU President Jack Thomas, Provost Erik Brooks, Dean Teree Stevenson)

10:00 – 12:15 Keynote (Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade)

12:15 1:15 Lunch (Taco Bar)

1:20 – 2:20 Break-out #1

Undoing Systemic Inequities in Educational Spaces (Michael Carter, Christa Agiro),

Embedding Culturally Responsive Practices in Schools (Angela Shelton),

The ETHICS of Caring in Educational Spaces (Shawnieka Pope),

LGBTQ+ Youth: Equity in Education (Richelle Frabotta)
2:30 – 3:30 Break-out #2

Facilitating Conversations and Critical Thinking on Equity through Children's Literature (Sandi Sumerfield, Keairrah McClendon, Diamond James)

Bridging the Gap between Preschool and College: Creating Black Boy Friendly Classrooms (Christopher James & Trey Clements)

Leadership Grounded in Inclusive Excellence: Leading with Heart and People at the Center (Soroya Smith)
3:35 – 4:00 Panel discussion and closing remarks

Conference Keynote (10:00-12:15) Featuring Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade (Professor of Latino/a Studies and Race and Resistance, San Francisco State University)

Jeff Duncan-Andrade is also the founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (, Teaching Excellence Network ( and the Community Responsive Education Group ( working with schools and districts around the world to develop and support effective classroom and school cultures. As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland for the past 24 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world and has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. In 2015, Duncan-Andrade became a National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) Commissioner and was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama in 2016. Duncan-Andrade has been ranked as one of the 100 most influential scholars by EdWeek RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings for the past two years.
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Striving for Educational Excellence: Growing Equitable Spaces Conference

Educating Toward Critical Consciousness, Community Care, and Co-Conspiratorship

When: Wednesday, June 29th, 4:00-6:00 (optional discussion, 6-6:30)

Presenter: Dr. Nicole Carter (Director of the Women’s Center, Wright State University) and Emily Yantis-Houser (Intercultural Specialist, LGBTQA Center, Wright State University)

Description: This workshop will provide insight into the importance of framing education as a means of developing critical consciousness, engaging In strategies for community care, and building a capacity to become co-conspirators with students and colleagues. Presenters will lead participants in reflection, conversation, and other activities that can assist current teachers, education faculty, and teacher education candidates who are interested in thinking of and engaging with education differently.

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map (park in Lot 7)

Register for June 29th Session

"Educating Toward Critical Consciousness, Community Care, and Co-Conspiratorship"

Authentic Developmental Relationships for Educational Success

When: Thursday, June 30th, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Presenter: Sean L. Walton, Sr. (Community Engagement & Connections Consultant) and Shawnieka Pope (Clinical Assistant Professor, Miami University)

Description: "This energetic multi-media content three-hour workshop will help participants build a community ""for all"" culture in their educational environments by transitioning from transactional to authentic developmental relationships. The information explored and the tools gained during this experience will help those charged with serving and educating diverse student populations to improve the school and university climate. Participants will delve into how past relationships and experiences shape our current values and priorities. They will examine how past and present living, learning, and working environments impact our ability to connect with students, parents, and others.

Through interactive activities— including music, videos, and role-play, each participant will gain awareness about the subtle and unsubtle influences that shaped their lives and may have shaped the lives of the students and faculty with which they interface.

During our time together, we will better understand the various forms of empathy and how their appropriate application can initiate, grow, and sustain the trusting relationships necessary to earn a role in student success stories.

This workshop will encourage an individual and collective sense of agency related to school and university relational learning engagement and enjoyment.

The glue between recruitment, retention, and results is RELATIONSHIP."

Location: 166 Rike Hall, Wright State University - WSU Map (park in Lot 7)

Register for June 30th Session

"Authentic Developmental Relationships for Educational Success"

Summer Equity Institute Information

All sessions are organized by the Teacher Education Department and the Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences at Wright State University, co-sponsored by Sinclair Community College's Education Department. Please note the location of the sessions. Certificates of attendance including clock hours will be emailed following each event. We look forward to your participation!

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

SAVE THE DATE: Growing Equitable Spaces at Central State on June 27, 2022


If you have any questions, please contact Amy Elston in the Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences at Wright State University.