Professional Learning by

Jay B. Marks, Ph.d.

Anti-Racist Leadership Institute

The goal of this professional learning experience is to provide participants with an in-depth examination of race and racism, and its interplay with power, privilege and dominance. Participants will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address structural racism for the purpose of eliminating systemic racial disparities and achieving racial equity in schools. The institute is designed for educators who already possess a foundational knowledge about race and racism, and its impact on schools and society.

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

This session will be meeting over the course of 4 (2hour) days:


February 2, 16, 23, and March 2


Recommended book: Everyday Antiracism:Getting Real About Race in School

Courageous Conversations About Race

Courageous Conversations About Race is a four-day professional learning experience designed to provide educators with an opportunity to explore their own racial identity in order to engage in reflective dialogue about their beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions relative to race. Participants will also examine the interplay between racial identity, perceptions of race, and student achievement.

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

This session will be meeting over the course of 4 (2hour) days:


February 3 and 22, and March 3 and 16


Recommended book: Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

This interactive professional learning series will provide participants with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to teach and provide support for the education of students who are identified as ethnically diverse.


Areas of focus will include:

1) Self-Reflection and Awareness; 2) Knowing Your Students and Becoming Culturally Competent; 3) Creating a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment; and 4) Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners.

Thursday, April 8th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

This session will be meeting over the course of 4 (2hour) days:


April 8, 15, 21, and 26


Recommended book: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

Effective Strategies for Educating African American Males

This interactive session will focus on some of the current issues that impact the schooling experiences of African American male students, as well as provide participants with practical, research-based strategies and tools for increasing educational opportunities for this student population. The presenter will use some of the identified instructional strategies to facilitate this professional learning experience for the adults in attendance.

Tuesday, April 27th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

This session will be meeting over the course of 4 (2hour) days:


April 27 and May 4,13, and 18


Recommended book: The Guide for White Woman Who Teach Black Boys

Jay B. Marks, Ph.D.

Jay B. Marks, Ph.D., has been an educator since 1991. He began his career as a Special Education teacher with the Detroit Public School System in Michigan. In 1998, he made a professional decision to leave Detroit Public Schools for Southfield Public Schools where he served as a teacher and co-department chair in the Special Education Department. Dr. Marks is currently a Culture and Climate Consultant within the District and School Services Department of Oakland Schools. His focus is on Social Justice and Cultural Competence. Dr. Marks received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University in 1990, where he studied Occupational Therapy. In 1995, he earned his Masters of Arts degree in Special Education with a double-major in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments from the University of Detroit Mercy. As a graduate student, Dr. Marks completed a practicum in the Mental Health Unit of the Wayne County Youth Home School where he taught incarcerated male youth. In addition, he received a teaching certificate in Social Sciences. Dr. Marks earned an Education Specialist Certificate in Education Administration and Supervision in 1997, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2005, both from Wayne State University. His most cherished accomplishment is the birth of the two joys of his life, his daughters Amari and Jalia.