12 Highlights From POCC

1. Co-chairs welcome

E-chieh Lin (UPrep), Mahtab Mahmoodzadeh (Overlake), and Dori King (OES) delivered powerful opening remarks to 7,000 attendees.

2. Opening Keynote with Dr. Joy DeGruy

The country’s racial history is hiding in plain sight.

3. Affinity Groups

Familiar faces from past POCCs

4. Grading for Equity with Joe Feldman and Mark Boswell

How does change happen in schools? Teacher leadership with an “administrator tailwind.”

5. Anti-Racist STEM Education with Alyssa Reyes and Moses Rifkin (UPrep) and Shaye Whitmer (Evergreen)

The Underrepresentation Curriculum Project, “a  modular, student-centered curriculum designed to examine and address equity and inclusion in science.”

6. Lola’s dance performance

Bold dancing to an audience of a thousand

7. Building Institutional Capacity for Sustained Conversation About Race

Eric Temple, Lick-Wilmerding High School (CA); Martha Haakmat, Haakmat Consulting

8. Valerie Kaur’s General Session

The Revolutionary Love Project

9. Islam in Context with Changa Bey, MICDS

Adjust spring program for students observing Ramadan

10. Wayne Au’s Featured Speaker Session

This was recorded live for The Straight A’s Podcast. Wayne is a professor at UW Bothell and editor for Rethinking Schools.

Wayne’s advice to new teachers: study your institution

11. Student-led Dialogue

I always love it when students lead the adults in conversation and activity.

12. Pedro Noguera’s Closing Keynote

Acknowledge the progress made, so that we acknowledge the work that has been done to this point.

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