2020 Shared Vision Conference

Renewing our Commitment to Social Justice

2020 Shared Vision Conference

The WTU is organized around the principle that every student deserves an opportunity for a great education. We will refocus on this basic principle as we discuss organizing around a social justice agenda and share ideas about equity.

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Program at a Glance

8:00 – 9:00 AM – Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 AM – Opening Plenary Session -- Keynote Address by Jitu Brown

9:30 – 10:00 AM - Panel Discussion: Building Collaborative Partnerships Through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Elizabeth Davis - President, WTU
Terri Fuller - Principal, Plummer ES
Latisha Chisholm - Connected Schools Manager, Anacostia SHS
Michael Donalson - WTU Building Representative, Deal MS

10:00 – 11:15 AM –Workshops, Session I

11:20 – 12:35 PM –Workshops, Session II

12:45 – 1:45 PMLunch, featuring a conversation with DC Councilmembers

2:00 – 5:30 PM - Symposium on Building a culture of Equitable Education and Student Achievement


Keynote Speaker: Jitu Brown

Jitu Brown, married and father of one child, is the national director for the Journey for Justice Alliance, a network of 30 grassroots community based organizations in 25 cities organizing for community driven school improvement; and he was formerly the education organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO).  For 10 years, Jitu taught African-American history at St. Leonard’s Adult High School, the only accredited high school in that nation that exclusively serves people who have been formerly incarcerated.  A believer in working locally and thinking globally, Jitu has taken youth leaders from KOCO to the United Nations, to the Passamaquoddy Native American reservation in Maine and to the UN Conference on Racism in South Africa. He has been published in the national education magazine Rethinking Schools, the Washington Post, New York Times, appeared in Ebony magazine and on several talk shows, including MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and The Ed Show, Al Jazeera America, WBEZ’s Community Voices, Democracy Now and CLTV’s Gerard McClendon Live.


2020 Shared Vision Workshops.

Our workshops are facilitated by expert educators and leading experts who bring insight into the challenges that we face in our schools and communities. The workshops will repeat during Session I and Session II. Participants will earn Professional Learning Units (PLUs). 

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Session Title


Session Description

Equity is A Workplace Issue for All Learners & All Employees  


Enid Lee, Leader in Anti-Racist Education

Come to this session to hear how DC teachers in the WTU Equity Cohort make educational equity real in their classrooms; to share your strategies and to find inspiration and energy on our journey to justice. 


Understanding the School Budget Allocation Process.

Ed Lazere, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

How much do you know about your school’s budget? Ed will break down how school budgets are allocated and provide you with the tools to advocate for equitable funding for your local school.


Prepare for a Hassle-Free Transition from DCPS to Retirement

Mary Collins & Dr. Denise Daniels, Retired and active Teacher Trustees at DC Retirement Board

Did you know there are two DC retirement systems for DCPS educators? Do you know which one is for you? Join us to learn how to prepare for your retirement.

Educational Equity for Immigrant Students

Dr. Jorge Delgado, ELL teacher, Deal MS

Brendien Mitchell, AFT Human Rights and Community Relations

Immigrant students are among the highest underserved groups of students in our schools. This session will equip participants with the necessary tools to adequately advocate for their immigrant students.

Math Equity - The Flagway™ Game


Raphael Bonhomme, 2nd Grade Teacher, School Within School at Goding

The goal of the Flagway™ game is to create environments where students can practice and celebrate learning math. There are difference ways to create a cultural context in which mathematics emerges naturally from students’ experience. Learn how to use can use this game to boost your students’ understanding of math.


Play Still Matters: Integrating Play into Daily Routines



Kathy Hollowell-Makle, Executive Director, DC Association for the Education of the Young Child

In poor-performing schools, students’ recess and unstructured play have been shortened or banned in favor of longer reading and math blocks. This session will help teachers integrate developmentally appropriate play-based approaches into daily routines in ECE classrooms


Confronting Hate and Islamophobia in Schools

Alison Kysia, Project Director, Islamophobia: A People’s History Teaching Guide

What resources do you have to be a champion of anti-hate? Join Alison Kysia to engage in a meaningful and honest conversation about confronting hate and Islamophobia.


Change From the Inside: Using meaningful data to create school improvement


Latisha Chisholm, Connected Schools Manager, Anacostia HS &

Simona Gerhardt, World Languages Teacher, Wilson SHS

In this session participants will learn to use meaningful data and distributive leadership to engage their school community in problem identification, goal setting and action development to move their school forward.  A School Culture Cycle of Change will be explored, and various DCPS schools piloting the process will share their experiences and learning.  Participants will leave with a model of how culture and climate change can be implemented at their school.


System Change to Support Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Nadia Torney, Instructional Coach, Kimball ES

The goals of this session are to broaden the perspective of participants on systems change to support and sustain culturally responsive pedagogy and to foster a clear understanding of the possible misconceptions and challenges that come with this work.


Advanced degree programs at the American University School of Education.

Ashleigh Huseth, Asst. Director and Graduate Enrollment Manager, American University School of Education

Join the team from the American University School of Education to learn about the Leadership Certificate program and their Ed.D offerings.


Overcoming Challenges Faced by Latinx Teachers in DCPS.

Samuel Cuadro and Luz Mireya Pelaez Lopez

This session will focus on the efforts of the WTU Task Force on Supports for Latinx Educators and provide an update on current discussions with DCPS Chancellor Ferebee about support from DCPS in providing H1B visas, sponsorship and green cards to current DCPS Latinx educators.   Participants will learn how they can join the task force and help to develop a strategic plan for supporting and retaining Latinx educators in DCPS who already have H-1B visas that will soon expire.


February 29, 2020 at 8:00am - 4pm
McKinley Tech High School
151 T St NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States
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Joe Weedon · · 202-277-9410
Wendy Glenn Janeese George Jordan Grossman Carolyn Robinson Esra Simpson Caylah Green Dr. Jorge Delgado Dianna Hall Andre Green Lizbeth Alfonso Frances Ewart Maurice Butler, Maureen Akunwafor signe nelson ryan alexander Emily Gasoi dr. koura gibson Nadia Torney Crystal Sylvia Frazier O'Leary Lonnice Hammond Jason Bulluck Teresa Broadnax Ashley Luttmer Christine Gross Sheena Styles Shaunta Morris Tonya White Duane Thomas Raphael Bonhomme Anthony Lorenzo Green Yaa Osun

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