2015 Building the Heart of Successful Schools
Opening Keynote Address:
A Racial Equity Lens: Closing the Racial Divide in Education
Joyce James, President and CEO of Joyce James Consulting
Expanding on the Wisconsin Vision of Promoting Excellence for all Children, Joyce James will share her personal journey toward understanding the importance of developing a racial equity lens in well-meaning and well-intentioned systems and leaders. Educators must shape and deepen their understanding regarding the underlying causes of racial inequities that exist for children, youth, and families of color, across multiple systems, and specifically in education.
Joyce James’ goal in every aspect of her work with educators and other systems leaders is to raise their consciousness about racial equities, such that the response is no longer about “fixing broken people” but rather about “turning the mirror inward” and moving towards a critical analysis of ways in which systems contribute, maintain, perpetuate, and sustain the racial divide in education and in all helping systems.
She will highlight principles that must underpin the work of educators at every level, including the willingness to let go of commonly held beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions that contribute to unconscious biases. These biases serve to maintain less than desirable outcomes for African American and other students of color.
Kalahari Special Conference Lodging Rate!
A block of rooms at a special conference rate of $82 is being held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center until Sunday, November 1, 2015. To reserve a room under this block call 1-877-253-5466 and mention the “DPI Building the Heart of Successful Schools Room Block.”