DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND ANTIRACISM (DEIA) Summer Leadership Institute
Education is the pillar to changing the world for future generations to come. School systems across America continue to have policies and practices that negatively impact BIPOC students and exacerbate achievement and opportunity gaps in public education. We have designed a Four Step Approach to build professional capacity in leaders by collaboratively learning diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism strategies.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND ANTIRACISM (DEIA) Summer Leadership Institute
In order to change the racial narrative for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students and their White counterparts in schools across the nation, we need antiracist leaders who have the COURAGE and BOLDNESS to unapologetically dismantle systemic racism in education.
Join us in the heart of our Nation’s capital, Washington, DC, and on the campus of American University, to personally commit to bringing an equitably and culturally rich education for all students, everywhere.
Join us for a week-long Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism (DEIA) Summer Leadership Institute.
Each day, we will engage in four to six hours of high quality and active professional learning on the campus of American University. Individuals will be immersed in engaging and action-oriented activities to deeply understand the complex web of policies and practices that have kept students of color from experiencing the same success as their White counterparts. The outputs of the institute will provide leaders with a collaborative plan with clear action steps to redesign and rebuild school systems that support the social, emotional and academic needs of all students.
Throughout the week, we will take excursions to historical sites around Washington DC, reliving critical moments in history that have brought us to today. For more information on daily activities, see our detailed schedule here.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
School-level teams composed of principals, assistant principals, and educators in other leadership roles
System-level teams composed of school and central office leaders
FOUR STEP APPROACH FOR DEIA SUMMER LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
1. COMMIT to driving systemic transformation
Antiracism must be intentional. Our participants will build depth of knowledge on the history of racist policies, analyze the sources and root causes of institutional racism, implicit bias, explicit bias, and inequities. We shine light on the consistent inattention to diversity and inclusion, including areas in which underserved students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) lack access to rigorous and engaging educational programs and resources.
2. ACT strategically and decisively
Individuals cannot do this alone. By diving into specific student, school and system data, we identify key areas in need of change and improvement while naming the specific impact that this work will bring to student achievement, efficacy, and social-emotional well-being. Teams will explore ways to forge coalitions and design support networks with cross-institutional partners to ensure actionability and accountability.
3. SCALE effective practices
This is not a project, this is a revolution. Our participants move beyond initial planning and professional learning into action, learning how to effect substantive organizational change and reform to existing systems. We share ways to recognize progress and communicate results, energizing individuals to break down common and inevitable roadblocks, persisting through the change.
4. SUSTAIN communities of practice
Planning for the future starts now. Finding ways to sustain leadership and financial support is the only way to ensure resources will be available for total organizational transformation. Our participants will examine system policies and practices that must be methodically redesigned to reflect the tenets of antiracism and support the growth of all students by becoming communities of practice.
SUMMER 2023 DATES AND FEES
We have reserved space for ONLY three separate cohorts in July:
July 10 - 14, 2023
July 17 - 21, 2023
July 24 - 28, 2023
The participant fees include all learning materials, leadership workbook, an individualized plan using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), electronic access to all module materials, and a personal copy of “Getting into Good Trouble at School: A Guide for Building an Antiracist School System.”
Team of 5 : $4500 pp = $22,500 per team
Individual : $5000
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through mid-April.
If you are interested in learning more about the DEIA Summer Leadership Institute, add your email here to receive updates to share with your team.
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr.
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. is the founder and chief executive officer of Revolutionary ED, LLC. He is a nationally recognized educational leader, antiracism activist, and published author who unapologetically advocates for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and racial equity in education. Dr. Hutchings is the first Executive In Residence at American University’s School of Education and plays a key role in elevating the school’s Antiracist Administration, Supervision, and Leadership (ARASL) certificate program.
Dr. Hutchings has over twenty years of combined educational experience as a college admissions counselor, teacher, school principal, central office administrator, superintendent, and college professor. He specializes in antiracism in education, educational leadership, strategic planning, strategic thinking, professional learning, school board and superintendent relations, and executive coaching. Dr. Hutchings is the co-author of the book, Getting Into Good Trouble at School: A Guide to Building an Antiracist School System. He has contributed his expertise in education on CNN with Jake Tapper, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, C-SPAN, NPR, and as an opinion writer for EdWeek.
Dr. Hutchings earned his doctorate in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William & Mary. He currently serves on numerous national boards and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Dr. Hutchings is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. He and his wife, Cheryl, are proud parents of two children.
Simma supports leaders to creatively explore ways to close opportunity and achievement gaps, expanding equitable access to high-quality learning experiences for all students. Over the last ten years, she has facilitated in-depth strategic planning engagements with Superintendents to radically redesign policies, practices and organizational structures so that the vision for the future can become a reality, today. She deeply understands the unique challenges present and opportunities available for systems based on their location, population density, system size, political influence and local economic environment.
Simma has managed over 30 projects for K-12 Education Agencies across sixteen states, impacting over two million students across the US. She specializes in community centered design, leveraging student and educator feedback to guide district-level decision making while uncovering new and unique ways to solve persistent challenges. Highlights of the past few years include assisting district leadership teams to implement research-based tutoring programs, procure standards-aligned core curriculum, build digital ecosystems to seamlessly integrate student data, and develop student-centered learning models to guide learning and teaching transformation.
Simma is the founder of Simma On The Go, providing custom strategy projects for education organizations. In the past, Simma has co-founded a successful K-12 Consultancy, was a Managing Partner at Education Elements and a Director at Gartner, Inc. She has shared her expertise as a technical advisor to the Gates Foundation, presenter at iNACOL and Learning Forward Conferences, as well as being a contributor to a variety of education publications. She started her career supporting large scale software implementations, gaining critical expertise in project management and user-centered design. See LinkedIn here for her full bio.