Conference Focuses On Encouraging Teachers of Color

The need for more teachers of color is a constant topic of conversation among educators.

But how can schools and school districts support these teachers and encourage them to stay in the profession?

That’s the topic of an Aug. 2 online conference from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. The conference is free and open to all.

Dr. Lynette Mawhinney

Dr. Lynette Mawhinney

Keynote speaker for “Walking in Our Shoes: Understanding the Perspectives of Teachers of Color” is Lynnette Mawhinney, award winning author, advocate and professor at Rutgers University. Following her talk, a panel of diverse educators will discuss their experiences, struggles and challenges. The event will conclude with feedback from those attending through a question/answer session.

The panel, moderated by Ismalis Nunez of Anew Collective Consulting, includes Shana Lucas, an instructional coach in the Shorewood School District; Nasif K. Rogers, consultant and director of equity in the Wauwatosa School District; Angela Harris of the Black Educators Caucus; and David Castillo of Equitable Systems Consultants LLC.

The workshop, part of a regular series of equity conferences, is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Urban Education (IUE). The institute, based at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, provides urban education opportunities for aspiring teachers in UW System Schools. The mission of the IUE is to prepare highly effective, culturally relevant, and culturally responsive teachers who can serve the needs of culturally diverse youth in PK-12 schools and their surrounding communities.

To register for the event, visit the Urban Education’s 2021 Equity Conference Registration webpage or go to the Institute for Urban Education website.