Registration opens for TCOE equity conference

Tulare County Office of Education opens registration for third annual equity conference, “Equity in a Changing World,” set for Jan. 27, 2022

TULARE COUNTY – For those interested in learning to develop a deeper understanding of what equity means, registration is now open for the Tulare County Office of Education’s third annual equity conference, “Equity in a Changing World,” scheduled for Jan. 27, 2022.

Participants will engage in learning the meaning of equity, what it looks like in practice and how it is manifested or stifled on their campuses and in their communities. A wide variety of breakout sessions will offer conversations around equity challenges impeding students’ success and opportunities to brainstorm practical solutions that empower all members of the educational community. Institutions boldly addressing their own equity challenges will share their strategies, obstacles and outcomes.

The interactive day-long virtual institute will kick off with nationally recognized keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Rosa, a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist and associate professor at Stanford University. Dr. Rosa is also director of Stanford’s program in Chicanx-Latinx studies and co-director of the Center for Global Ethnography, as well as president of the Association of Latina/o and Latinx Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. Rosa’s research analyzes the colonially-organized interplay between youth socialization, raciolinguistic formations, and structural inequity in urban contexts. He collaborates with local communities to track these phenomena and develop tools for understanding and challenging the forms of disparity to which they correspond. This community-based approach to research, teaching, and service reflects a vision of scholarship as a platform for imagining and enacting more just societies.

Dr. Rosa is author of the award-winning book Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad (2019, Oxford University Press) and co-editor of the volume Language and Social Justice in Practice (2019, Routledge). His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and Language in Society, as well as media outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, NPR, and Univision.

To close the conference, participants will hear from Thomas Valles and David Diaz, two members of the 1987 California cross country championship team. Their state victory inspired the movie McFarland, USA, which is based on the true story of a small Central California high school coach that took an unlikely group of immigrant students and transformed them into a distance-running dynasty. Valles and Diaz will discuss their historic and inspiring running careers, the challenges they faced growing up in a small Latino farming town in the 1980s, and what it was like to see their life portrayed on the big screen.

After graduating from McFarland High School in 1988, Valles continued his running career at College of the Sequoias and California State University, Bakersfield. He remains involved with the sport through coaching. Also a member of the McFarland cross country team, Diaz graduated from college and became an educator in his community. He currently serves as a board member of the McFarland Unified School District.

At the end of the conference, participants will leave with ideas and strategies to implement on their campuses.

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