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I Am Because We Are: Culturally Proficient and Equitable Programming in the School-Based Setting

Using a culturally responsive framework for advancing equity in the school-based setting, this interactive workshop will give participants tangible tools for assessing school environment, curriculum, structures of support, and partnerships in the school-based setting. The workshop will particularly focus on strategies to meet the needs of our most disenfranchised, underserved youth.

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Trainer: Dr. Marina V. Gillmore

Dr. Gillmore has built her professional career around working with youth and teaching, training, researching, and writing about issues related to equity and access, social justice, belief and value exploration, and self-efficacy. She holds a doctorate in Leadership for Educational Justice and has conducted award-winning research on the experiences of underserved youth in urban environments. Marina co-founded and directed the Institute for Educational and Social Justice, an organization dedicated to advancing educational and social justice causes through writing, publishing, and educational outreach projects. She currently serves as the President and CEO of Full Circle Press and Educational Outreach Center. Her educational consulting and teaching work has taken her throughout the country, with a strong emphasis on serving rural communities throughout the southeastern United States and linguistically and culturally diverse communities throughout southern California. As a former high school English and ELD teacher and a professor of courses ranging from undergraduate educational research courses to doctoral courses for school and district-level administrators, she has extensive teaching and leading experience at both the K-12 and university levels.

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