Navigating The Times - A Critical Race Theory Conference


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Last Date to Register: 9/19/2021 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 9/19/2021 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Mitchell Lilly
Agency Assistant: Kayla Kolstad 262-473-1473
Location: Zoom Link
Facility: Web Link
9/20/2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
10/26/2021 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Price: $150.00


A Conversation on Critical Race Theory

As the conversation around Critical Race Theory becomes more prevalent, it's important to understand its context, make decisions, and have educated discussions. Featuring local and national speakers/facilitators like Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Dr. Christopher Emdin, Dr. Karen Gaffney, Jenna Chandler Ward, Elizabeth Denevi, Gretchen Lettau, Kim Stieber-White, and Dr. Marguerite W. Penick, Navigating The Times looks to inform your thinking and give answers to questions that arise from educators and parents in your district. Join us for this 100% virtual event!

September 20 - Day 1:

  • Real Talk - Being Informed About the Times
  • What is Critical Race Theory? What is the alternative?

October 26 - Day 2:

  • Real Solutions - How to Navigate the Times
  • What do you do when you are challenged? How do you respond?

Participants who register in groups of 5 or more will receive a $25 discount per attendee! Fill out the appropriate sections in the Google Form when registering to apply.


About the Facilitators


Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of the Science Education program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools. He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too.




Dr. Karen Gaffney is an English Professor at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. Her book Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox (Routledge) is an accessible introduction to race and racism with tools for action. She presents at academic conferences, including the White Privilege Conference, facilitates antiracism workshops, and works with two local antiracism coalitions. She also manages the blog Divided No Longer, which provides a variety of antiracism resources (available at Follow her on Twitter at @dividednolonger.






Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has found success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership training/workshops. Under his direction and inclusive relationship model, the White Privilege Conference has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership. In 2014, Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute, which engages people in research, education, action and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications and collaborative partnerships and relationships.





Dr. Marguerite W. Penick received her PhD from the University of Iowa in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a High School teacher in an urban school in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Penick-Parks currently serves as Graduate Coordinator of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Her work centers on issues of power, privilege and oppression in relationship to issues of curriculum with a special emphasis on the incorporation of quality literature in K-12 classrooms. Her most recent work includes a joint article on creating safe spaces for discussing white privilege with pre-service teachers and is a co-editor of Everyday White People Confronting Racial and Social Injustice:15 Stories,  The SAGE Sourcebook of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys and The Diversity Consultant Cookbook: Preparing for the Challenge.




Featuring the Founders of Teaching While White


Jenna Chandler Ward has been an educator in non-profits, schools, and colleges for over 20 years, working with students from kindergarten to college level. Jenna was also a founder and co-director of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and a conference for educators on issues of equity and inclusion.






Elizabeth Denevi works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.






CESA 2 Consultants


Tracy Elger has been the Executive Director of Integrated Programs and Services at CESA 2 since 2015. As an Executive Director, Tracy leads a distinguished team of professional development consultants at CESA 2.







Gretchen Lettau has worked as a teacher and coordinator for 16 years with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She comes to CESA 2 after working in the Menasha Joint School District as a high school history teacher, ESL and Bilingual teacher, and coordinator for the EL and Bilingual Programs.







Kim Stieber-White joins CESA 2 with deep knowledge and experience in equity and social justice, literacy, instructional technology, and innovation. Her 27 years of experience in schools spans urban, suburban, and rural district settings in Wisconsin and includes serving as an instructional coach, reading specialist, library media specialist, technology integrator, adjunct literacy instructor, and English teacher.





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