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In response to the COVID-19 virus, EduLeaders of Color RI will host the March Meetup virtually on Twitter

“The meetups offer time and space to explore potential collaborations in equity work across schools, districts, agencies, expertise, and experience. I know of nothing else like it in RI. Thank you!” -February Meetup Attendee

What is our Why?

Our education ecosystem provides a space where we work to unite and empower leaders and educators of color by creating opportunities where we can build our network, social capital, and elevate our voices. This work involves everyone and so we welcome all but specifically focus on creating a supportive space for groups of people that historically have been underserved and marginalized.

 

Why should you attend?

  • Are you committed to finding solutions that'll improve our education system?

  • Do you want to support a community of educators and leaders across the state of Rhode Island and beyond?

  • Are you interested in meeting and connecting with like-minded leaders and educators who are working to build a diverse workforce?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you should join us at our March Twitter meetup.

What is a Twitter Meetup? Our Twitter #EduLeadersRI meetup will be similar to a Twitter chat with some slight differences. We will start the engagement with 30-second videos from the moderators and presenters, followed by three questions that the moderator will post for each presenter after each video is posted. After all presenters have introduced themselves and answered their questions, there will be an opportunity for our followers to ask questions and engage with them.

Please note, we will still have a Twitter challenge! The top two tweeters using the hashtag #EduLeadersRI will win a prize. The first place winner will receive a free book (title and author to be announced) and second place will receive a free gift card.

Please make sure to follow our presenters:
Jonathan Rodrigues @jonr7007
Youth in Action Team @youthinactionri
Rose Albert @ri4cj


Speaker line-up:

Youth In Action Language Justice Collective Group

The Youth In Action Language Justice Collective is an action group established in 2017 by youth who self-identified as multilingual learners in Providence Public Schools and felt they were not always adequately equipped to succeed. Each year, the Collective has dedicated itself to guaranteeing all students, particularly speakers of languages other than English, true opportunities for educational success. Youth examine data, policies, and institutions to identify gaps and provide recommendations. The Language Justice Collective has facilitated workshops for multilingual students at The Newcomer Academy and Alvarez High School and presented insights to adult allies.

This year, seven Providence-based students combine research and personal narratives to inform others about multilingual learner experiences, the state of ESL education and advocate for change. Ashley, Debbie, Gisel, Nelly, Sarai, Celimar, and Yanaliz meet weekly to research and provide recommendations on improving multilingual learner education. O’Sha has supported as a research advisor since the Collective began in 2017.

Jonathan Rodrigues

Jonathan is a national organizer with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) working to support grassroots labor and community coalitions running education justice campaigns. Prior to joining the AFT last year, he worked as an organizer for the Boston Teachers Union in their community engagement efforts for 4 and a half years. At the BTU his main roles included organizing its annual Back to School Fair, Parent2Parent Conference and Summer Organizing Institute as well as representing it at local coalition tables such as the Boston Ed Justice Alliance and Mass. Ed Justice Alliance. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago where he first began his career in immigrant rights organizing on campus. He currently lives in Boston.

Rose Albert

Rose is the Senior Associate for Youth Programs at Rhode-Island for Community and Justice (RICJ). In 2018, Rose returned to RICJ after having earned her BA from Salve Regina University and her MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School of International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT. Rose works with RICJ part-time as she manages the Youth Programs. At the same time, Rose is an Assistant Director of Salve Regina University's Multicultural Programs and Retention Office.

Rose is a product of RICJ's leadership programs. Having immigrated to this country as a teenager, Rose understands the challenges and difficulties faced by many of the youth that she serves. Rose strives to be an advocate for her students and encourages them to be a voice for themselves. Passionate about diversity and equity work, her motivation is to empower youth of color to dream beyond borders.

In Solidarity,
EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island

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