Woodring College of Education’s Justice Speaks Planning Committee is organizing I am a Teacher of Color: Teachers Speak Back to the Academy on Saturday, May 5.
The conference, which the committee hopes will become an annual event, is intended to create a supportive, healing space that centers the needs of educators of color.
The event, also known as ToCBack, will include two panels of veteran and early career teachers, workshop sessions, and a poster session open to participants at all stages of their careers. The conference will also serve as an opportunity to learn from and lean on one another and engage in coalition-building across schools and districts.
Once in the profession teachers of color often lack the necessary institutional support needed to thrive. The event will center the voices of teachers of color as they "speak back" and enrich the feedback loop that informs teacher preparation programs on how to better prepare teaching candidates of color.
ToCBack is free to attend and includes breakfast, lunch and clock hours. Registration is mandatory.
This event is a collaboration including the Education & Social Justice Minor; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Woodring Office of the Dean; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; and the President's Diversity Fund.