May 2017 Meetup

May 2017

Tupac Shakur once said, “Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.” Over the past 6 months, EduLeaders of Color R.I. has brought together over 100 leaders to build and make connections in the fight for racial justice in education. Collectively, we represent a movement for a better future for our children and have created a space where we can be affirmed.
Our May 2017 meetup will be the final meetup of the 2016-2017 school year. In this final gathering, we’ll be briefly reflecting on past events and discussing what next year will bring. As we push forward, we will continue to cultivate spaces for leaders of color invested in social justice to challenge inequities in education, strengthen local organizations led by people of color and foster community partnerships. Our space welcomes all, but specifically concentrates on supporting groups of people that historically have been underrepresented or marginalized.
This month’s meetup will feature author, scholar, and community activist, Keith Catone, representatives from the nationally acclaimed theater, Trinity Rep, and Simona Simpson-Thomas, the Director of Multiple Pathways for the Providence Public School District. EduLeaders of Color will also be announcing the launch of our new website!
Keith Catone is the author of The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism: Portraits of Four Teachers for Justice (Education and Struggle). He is the Associate Director for Community Organizing and Engagement at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. He received the 2015 American Educational Research Association Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) Outstanding Dissertation Award and earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University. Keith will be discussing his book and will have several copies available for purchase.
Trinity Rep: Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring one of the last long-standing resident acting companies in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of 120,000. Learn more about Trinity Rep here.
Simona Simpson-Thomas is the Director of Multiple Pathways for the Providence Public School District. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Multiple Pathways and ELA curriculum coach at the Highlander Charter School, where she taught for over twelve years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Howard University and her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Brown University. She is an invested, passionate, and caring educator who believes that all children can learn and succeed. Simona will be sharing information about the Multiple Pathways program in Providence Public Schools.