School and system level leaders are a critical lever in impacting the outcomes for our kids. They have the profound impact of being able to both positively influence students directly and create the institutional conditions that make schools and systems more equitable at scale. School and system leaders who identify as Black, Native/Indigenous, and People of Color have a particularly crucial role in the quest for educational equity, and Teach For America’s network of school and systems leaders is representationally more diverse than the national average.
While we can't convene in person again this year, we will seek to provide a virtual space for Black, Indigenous, People of Color to access strong professional development, and inspire and connect with one another in a space not found elsewhere in the educational ecosystem.
Although SLOC has typically limited attendance to TFA alums who identify as Black, Native/Indigenous, and People of Color who are currently working as school and system leaders, given current circumstances, we are making a few shifts for this year's School Leaders of Color Conference.
In addition to TFA alums identifying as Black, Native/Indigenous, or People of Color and working as current school and system leaders, 2022 SLOC attendee eligibility will be expanded to include Black, Native/Indigenous, and People of Color who are:
Non-alum educators who are currently working as school and system leaders (defined below).
Aspiring leaders, defined as anyone who is interested in taking on adult leadership positions in a school within the next 1-3 years.
The inclusion of these groups gives us a chance to broaden our community during a time when fellowship between Black, Native/Indigenous, and People of Color educators feels more critical than ever.
For the purposes of this conference, school and systems leaders are defined as follows:
Aschool leader is defined as anyone who is the current principal or the head of a school.
A mid-level school leader is defined as anyone who is currently working in a full-time position within a school that manages adults. These include: Assistant Principals, Deans, and Instructional Leaders/Coaches.
A school systems leaderis defined as anyone who:
serves as a Superintendent/Chancellor/Commissioner or equivalent of a public school district, charter management organization, or state education agency.
works at a school district or within a charter management network/organization, reporting to a superintendent or cabinet level role
mid-level school system leader, who currently works full-time within a charter management organization or district, but reports to a director-level chief.
Anyone who fits the aforementioned criteria AND identifies as Black, Native/Indigenous, or a Person of Color is welcome to attend, as this conference is focused on elevating our voices and unique experiences.
Sneak peek of this year's sessions
This year's sessions include:
Mental Health First Aid: Managing Trauma
Minding The Mess: Confronting Internalized White Supremacy
Scarce Population: Learning to Recruit and Retain Black Male Teachers
The Digital Divide: Hashtags, Protests, and Educational Progress
Hop, Skip, Leapfrog: Student-Centered Innovations During COVID-19
Who Are They: Understanding and Coming Together for Refugee Education
And many more!
Check back in a few weeks for the full slate of workshops and speakers - and to register for specific sessions!