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Equity at the Core


The second annual Equity at the Core Conference is designed to continue a county-wide conversation about one of the most pressing issues in education today: Equity. In an effort to ensure that all Sonoma County students have the access and opportunity to develop to their full potential, SCOE is offering this conference as part of a long-term commitment to addressing this issue in our schools and districts. SCOE's goal for attendees is to leave the conference inspired by exposure to schools that are experiencing success with historically underserved students and empowered to take up an equity challenge of their own.

This event is being held in partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College, West Sonoma County High School District, Santa Rosa City Schools, and First Five of Sonoma County.

The theme of the conference is “Knowing People's Stories.” When we know people's stories, we are much more likely to see issues from their perspective and to develop the kind of relational trust needed to address complex equity issues in our schools and districts.

Join us in welcoming keynote speakers Dr. Melba Beals, Congressional Gold Medal of Honor Winner and civil rights icon, and Bernard Kinsey, owner and curator of the prestigious Kinsey Collection. We will also hear stories from leaders across Bay Area schools and institutions dedicated to fostering equal outcomes for all students, including:

  • African American experience from Dr. Melba Beals and Bernard Kinsey
  • Developing learning partnerships with diverse student populations from the National Equity Project
  • Youth with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES Study) from Jessica Progulske, SCOE Coordinator for Work-Based Learning
  • Holocaust survivor stories from The Story Project
  • LGBTQ youth experience from Positive Images
  • Americans with disabilities from HolLynn D’Lil, author of Becoming Real in 24 Days
  • Positive impact of Restorative Cultures in our schools from Jessica Progulske, SCOE Coordinator for Work-Based Learning

Whether you're a teacher, principal, parent, or community leader, you'll leave with inspiration and concrete ideas for how to make Sonoma County a place where all children can achieve their dreams, regardless of their background.

Note Regarding Payment:
You must select CHECK or CREDIT CARD to complete this registration.

Check (paid by you or your district/school via a purchase order process): After you register you will receive a confirmation / invoice. If you are paying for the event yourself, print your confirmation / invoice, attach your check, and mail as indicated. If your district or school is paying for the event, please forward your confirmation / invoice to the appropriate person so that a check can be processed via your district/school's purchase order (PO) process. SCOE does not require a copy of the PO, as an invoice is sent at the time of event registration.

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If you do not receive a confirmation / invoice within 24 hours, your registration is not complete. Please call the registration contact listed below for assistance.

When Tuesday, November 1, 2016
8:00am - 3:00pm | Registration & continental breakfast 7:30 - 8:00am. Event starts promptly at 8:00am
Location Flamingo Conference Center, 2777 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Melba BealsMelba Beals: Dr. Melba Beals’ life is defined by her commitment to equality and determination to see that all voices of humanity are heard. She holds this country’s highest honor for bravery; The Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. It was awarded by a vote of the U.S. Congress to commend her for risking her life to achieve equality in education. Along with eight other African American Teenagers, she helped to integrate Central High School, Little Rock Arkansas in 1957. Dr. Beals holds more than 100 awards for courage and recognition of her work in achieving civil rights. In 2006, The United States Post Office issued a stamp in honor of the nine, while at the same time a life-sized statue was erected on the lawn of the Arkansas state capitol. This same year the US mint also issued a silver coin in honor of the Nine.

KinseyBernard Kinsey: Bernard Kinsey is a successful businessman and co-owner of the Kinsey Collection art exhibit. The Kinsey Collection is considered one of the premier collections of African American History and Art and has traveled to 21 cities and was on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History where over 2.5 million people have seen it. In March 2013, Walt Disney World Resort at Epcot opened “Rediscovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection “ where over twenty million people from all over the world will experience the exhibit a celebration of African American Achievement & Accomplishments.

Breakout Session Presenters:

  • Staff from National Equity Project
  • Jessica Progulske, SCOE Coordinator for Work-Based Learning
  • Staff from The Story Project
  • Staff from Positive Images
  • HolLynn D’Lil, author of Becoming Real in 24 Days

Cost $50.00
Audience TK-12 educators, community leaders, and parents
Registration Connie Anderson, (707) 524-2823,
Questions Karen McGahey, (707) 522-3330,

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