June 19-21, 2018

 

 

 2018 Presenters:

Denevi

 

Elizabeth Denevi is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. Previously, she served as Director of Studies & Professional Development at Latin School of Chicago. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the Co-Director of Diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues.

stevenson

 

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher in independent and public K-12 schools as well as community mental health centers and teaches how children can develop healthy racial identities through racial stress management.

 

His most recent best-seller book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, shifts the focus on race relations away from “colorblind-ness” and avoidance toward racial literacy which involves managing racial stress by actively reading, reducing, and resolving racially stressful encounters when they happen.

Tanaka

 

Nathan Tanaka, a founding member of MTI, is a fifth grade Humanities teacher and Diversity and Inclusion Team Leader at the Prospect Sierra School in his El Cerrito California. In this capacity, he works to support teachers in nurturing inclusive classrooms in which all children thrive. His teacher workshops have highlighted identity safe teaching, implicit bias, microaggressions, privilege, and affinity groups. Nathan’s own humanities curriculum strives to teach 5th graders about difficult concepts like systemic racism and white privilege. In this way, he teaches students that the world is not an equitable place, and is one that needs changemakers. Nathan grew up in the Bay Area and attended high school at the American School in Japan in Tokyo. He holds a BA in International Relations, Japanese Studies and Child Development from Tufts University. He was trained at the Shady Hill School in Boston and holds an M.Ed from Lesley University in middle school humanities.

Sanchez

 

Estefania Rodriguez Sanchez is a teacher, coach, and consultant committed to challenging the master narratives that erase the histories of people of color and works to interrupt and dismantle racist practices and frameworks in education. Originally from Colombia, Rodriguez immigrated to Hartford, CT when she was five years old. As a first-generation college student, Rodriguez fulfilled her dream of becoming an educator and returned to teach in the community that raised her. Rodriguez is dedicated to increasing the numbers of teachers of color in the classroom and supporting all teachers in using critical pedagogy, ethnic studies, restorative justice, and community activism to empower students and their families. Currently, she is the K-8 History Instructional Coach for Cambridge Public Schools where she supports teachers in developing Culturally Sustaining practices and implementing social justice in the history curriculum. Ultimately, she sees education as liberation. Estefania holds a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Learning and Teaching Program focused in Instructional Leadership and a BS in Social Studies Education from Boston University's, School of Education.