Dismantling Systemic Racism in Education

Sep 16, 2020

A 10 Week Webinar Series
September 16 - November 18, 2020
Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm Central Time

When entering the classroom, students and teachers are met with systematic racism at every turn. By looking at who writes and is represented in curriculum, textbooks, and education policy, we can begin to understand the education system in the United States. This 10 week webinar series will scratch the surface answering the questions "How did we get here," "Where are we now?" and "What can we do about it?" in regard to raising issues of equity and implementing anti-biased, anti-racist education across the country. President Johnson sought to increase access in education with over 60 pieces of legislation such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Higher Education Act, and Bilingual Education Act. Continuing President Johnson's legacy of prioritizing education, the LBJ Library will host this webinar series to give information and tools to educators and stakeholders to affect change in their schools and communities.

Three options to participate:

1) FREE registration for access to synchronous, live webinar series

Register here for the free webinar series

2) $20 registration fee for access to the webinar series and 10 week course including:

  • Link to livestream of all webinars in this series
  • Access to a recording of all webinars in this series for asynchronous, self paced learning in Canvas from September 14 through November 30 *Note: Tiffany Jewell’s session will only be available for 7 days*
  • Access to learning modules with additional resources and discussion groups with fellow educators
  • A certificate upon completion of the self-paced, asynchronous 10 week course

Register here for the webinar series and access to the 10 week course.

3) $40 Digital Educator Membership

Interested in the fall webinar series and participating in future webinars and courses? We are launching a digital membership that will allow you access to all courses and webinar series for one year for $40. Your membership includes the following for one year from the date of your enrollment:

  • Link to livestream of all webinars
  • Access to all semester webinar courses (fall, spring, summer)
    • Access to recordings of all webinars for asynchronous, self paced learning
    • Access to learning modules with additional resources and discussion groups with fellow educators in Canvas
  • Access to additional self-paced, asynchronous courses currently in development
  • 45 minute session with a LBJ Library education specialist to provide professional development for your school, consult on curriculum, or speak to your class.
  • More perks to come!

Register here for the Digital Educator Membership, which includes access to the Dismantling Systemic Racism in Education webinar series and course.


Webinar Schedule


September 16: How Did We Get Here? Inequality in American Education
Dr. Richard Reddick, Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach - College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin

September 23: The Power of Ethnic Studies to Dismantle Institutionalized Oppression in K-12 Public Education
Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy - College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin
Andrew Gonzales, Ethnic Studies Teacher



September 30: Where Are We Now? The State of Education Today
Kim Anglin Anderson, Executive Director of National Educational Association
Dr. Charles Martinez, Dean of the College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin (additional speakers to be announced)



October 7: Become an Activist for Equity in Education
Samantha Greenleaf, Educators in Solidarity
Paula White, Educators for Excellence
Kevin Malonson and Lindsay Sobel, TeachPlus

October 14: How to Talk About Racism in Education
Glenn Singleton, Courageous Conversations

October 21: Putting Your ABAR Lens to Practice
Liz Kleinrock, Teach and Transform

October 28: Culturally Relevant Practices in Schools during COVID-19
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison

November 4: This Book Is Anti-Racist
Tiffany M. Jewell, author This Book is Anti-Racist
Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History and Public Affairs, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, The University of Texas at Austin

November 11: Techquity
Ken Shelton, Elevate Education

November 18: Toward Healing Centered Engagement in Classrooms, Schools and Communities
Dr. Christina Villarreal, Harvard University


Our Participants

Kim Anglin Anderson, Executive Director of the National Education Association

On September 1, 2019, Kim A. Anderson will be the Executive Director of the National Education Association (NEA), America’s largest union, representing more than 3 million educators. Anderson's lifelong commitment to breaking down barriers for others has never wavered, and with this appointment, she breaks down one of her own: she will be the first woman and first person of color to serve as NEA executive director.

She previously worked at the National Education Association for more than 15 years, leading some of NEA’s most innovative and successful national campaigns. Anderson oversaw NEA’s seminal campaign to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, the culmination of a 12-year effort to replace the test-and-punish regime of No Child Left Behind.

As NEA’s senior director of the Center for Advocacy & Outreach, she led several departments, including: Campaigns and Elections, Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy, Government Relations, Human and Civil Rights, and Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships. One of her proudest achievements was assisting NEA affiliates to align student-centered advocacy and labor-community partnerships and organizing to enhance public education for students and respect for educators’ expertise. Prior to her role as senior director, Anderson’s work ethic and deep policy expertise, made its mark on a wide variety of legislative issues as she led NEA’s Government Relations division. Here, she led countless federal legislative efforts that positively impacted NEA members and students, including the $10 billion Education Jobs Bill which helped restore dignity to nearly 200,000 educators at the height of the last recession.

Before becoming NEA’s Executive Director, Anderson brought her political prowess to bear, serving as the Executive Vice President of the Democracy Alliance (DA) where she managed the DA’s programs, staff, and budget. In this role, she built deep partnerships and coalitions with national and global leaders to develop investment strategies to address numerous democratic concerns – everything from civic empowerment, voting rights and expansion of the electorate, winning state and local elections, progressive leadership development, climate justice, and empowering New American Majority communities.

Before joining NEA, she served as deputy legislative director and legal counsel to Sen. Charles Robb of Virginia, where she co-authored legislation on behalf of African-American farmers who had experienced decades of discrimination by USDA officials. The legislation paved the way for one of the largest civil rights settlements in American history at that time.

She was an associate at the law firm of Covington and Burling, and is a former member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Through decades volunteering for those in need, whether as part of her church community, or serving on the boards of the New American Majority Fund, Voices for Progress, Public Campaign, Every Voice, Learning First Alliance, and Progress Now, Anderson has kept service in support of others as a hallmark of her career and life.

Anderson received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and received her law degree from The George Washington University where she was a member of the George Washington University Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and was the first African- American woman to serve as president of the Student Bar Association. She and her husband Patrick live in Alexandria, VA and have two children.

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita - University of Wisconsin

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and an internationally known expert in the field. She has won numerous honors and awards, is a member of the National Academy of Education, and former president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings has written two books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children and Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms.

This session is brought to you by a partnership with Badger Talks at the University of Wisconsin.

Tiffany M. Jewell

Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Best Seller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist. Tiffany is currently working on multiple book projects for readers of all ages.

Tiffany has been working with children and families for over eighteen years and worked as a Montessori educator for fifteen years. She enjoys exploring social justice with young folks, especially the history of racism and resistance, economic justice, and socially and personally constructed identities. Tiffany enjoys working with educators and supporting them building strong, authentic communities in which every child can be seen and valued. She is the co-founder, alongside Britt Hawthorne, of ABARatSchool, an organization that strives to support educators and caregivers in their anti-bias anti-racist journies. She also served as the president of the founding board of the national organization, Montessori for Social Justice- seeing it through to completing nonprofit status and creating a strong mission to support and amplify Montessorian of the Global Majority across the country.

Tiffany lives on the homeland of the Pocumtuc and the Nipmuck with her two young storytellers, husband, and a turtle she’s had since she was nine years old.  You can follow her on Patreon and on social [email protected]l.

Liz Kleinrock, Teach and Transform

Liz Kleinrock is an anti-bias and anti-racist educator of both children and adults, and creates curriculum for K-12 students, specializing in designing inquiry based units of study. She began her career in education as an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher in Oakland, California in 2009 and has since served as both a classroom educator and diversity coordinator in Los Angeles, California. Liz also works with schools and districts throughout the United States to develop workshops for adults that support ABAR practices that fit the needs of different communities. In 2018, Liz received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and her lessons on teaching consent and personal boundaries to students have gained international media attention. Liz has written articles for numerous publications on topics such as anti-racist teaching and cultivating relationships with students and families. Liz is proud to share her 2019 TED Talk, “How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics” on building foundations of ABAR with young learners, and is working on her first book with Heinemann Publishing.

Dr. Richard Reddick, The University of Texas

Richard J. Reddick, Ed.D. is the inaugural associate dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach for the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also an associate professor in the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a faculty member since 2007. Additionally, Dr. Reddick serves as the Assistant Director of the Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Reddick is a faculty member by courtesy in the Department for African and African Diaspora Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and a fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Dr. Reddick co-chairs the Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity (CREED), serves on the Signature Course Advisory Committee (SCAC), and was named to the inaugural cohort of the Provost's Distinguished Service Academy.

Dr. Reddick is the faculty co-chair for the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at Harvard University, and teaches in the Institute for Management Leadership in Education. In spring 2018, Dr. Reddick was appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Kenneth Shelton

Ken (He/Him/His) currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 20 years and spent most of his classroom experience teaching technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken has worked extensively at the policy level with a number of State Departments of Education, Ministries of Education, non-Profits, and was appointed to the Education Technology Task Force formed by a previous California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, consults, and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Equity and Inclusion, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist, Multimedia Literacy, Cultural Intelligences, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner.

Ken has had the privilege to speak at many major conferences and events around the world as well as schools and school districts. He brings a worldly breadth of practical experience, knowledge, and perspective. Ken also had the privilege to speak at the TEDx Burnsville ED event, as well as CRESSTCon16 at UCLA. Ken has also provided and continues to provide consulting support to many companies, State Departments of Education, Ministries of Education, school districts/systems Nationally and Internationally, as well as non-profits such as the California Emerging Technology Fund’s School2Home program which is designed to support closing the Achievement Gap and Digital Divide at low-performing California middle schools.

Glenn Singleton, Courageous Conversations

Glenn Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. Author, thought leader, and strategist, he is the creator of Courageous Conversation™ a protocol and framework for sustained, deepened dialogue, and Beyond Diversity™, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to use it. Glenn is the Founder and President of Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), an agency that guides leadership development in education, government, corporation, law enforcement, and community organizing. He is the award winning author of Courageous Conversations About Race; A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Second Edition; and of MORE Courageous Conversations About Race.

Glenn has consulted executives at Wieden + Kennedy (W+K) Advertising, Google, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, the New York Department of Education, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Stavros Niarchos, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundations. Along with W+K, he received the 2017 Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) Award by AdColor. He is the recipient of the George A. Coleman Excellence in Equity Award by the Connecticut State Education Resource Center. Cited in the June 2018 edition of the Hollywood Reporter for his work with 21st Century Fox Animation, most recently, Glenn was awarded the AdWeek/AdColor 2020 Champion Award, and the 2020 National Speech and Debate Association Communicator of the Year Award. In 1995, Glenn founded the Foundation for A College Education and continues to serve on its Board of Advisors. He is also the founder and Board Chair of the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation, which develops partnerships to promote racial justice, interracial understanding and human healing worldwide.

Glenn has trained law enforcement leaders with the U.S. Embassy in Western Australia, and established the Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute in Auckland, New Zealand. For eight years, he served as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University. Glenn has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has instructed faculty, students and administrators at the University of Minnesota, New York University School of Medicine, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, Glenn Singleton is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Angela Valenzuela, The University of Texas

Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. She is Director of the Texas Center for Education Policy. Previously,  she taught in the Department of Sociology at Rice University in Houston (1990-98), and she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston (1998-99).  She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University. She is the author of the award-winning book, Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring (State University of New York Press, 1999).  Dr. Valenzuela serves on the LULAC National Task Force on Higher Education, and she is the Executive Director of the National Latina/o Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAPP), a consortium of ten institutions that enhances teaching for high school youth in Texas, California, Wisconsin, Chicago, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Educators for Excellence, Teach Plus, Educators in Solidarity
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Paula White, Educators for Excellence
Lindsay Sobel, Teach Plus
Kevin Malonson, Teach Plus
Samantha Greenleaf, Educators in Solidarity

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