Educating Children of Color 2020 Summit Adult Sessions

In 2007, the Minority Over-representation Committee of the Best Practices Court decided to adopt a new approach to address the issue of minority over-representation across our systems.


Our research documented that children and youth of color are more likely to be poor than their white peers; more likely to be involved in the child welfare system; more likely to age out of the foster care system without permanence; less likely to graduate on time; more likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system; and ultimately more likely to be involved in the adult system of justice.

Based on that research our approach focuses on ensuring that children and youth have support to successfully achieve educational milestones as a key to escaping poverty and “our systems.” 


We made a goal to encourage all youth to pursue higher education, to support teachers to be successful educators, and educate parents on what it takes to be college ready and to hold your child and your child’s school accountable. 

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Black Girl Blues: An Examination of Intra Racial Bullying
Carolyn Strong
What does it REALLY mean to be “black” in America today? For African American girls, the questions of racial identity and physical appearance – light skin vs. dark skin, straight hair vs. kinky hair, etc. – often manifest themselves in ways that are detrimental. Adults 2:30 Armstrong 328 Cap 39

Beyond the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Dr. Apryl Alexander, University of Denver
Environmental and societal influences impact the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Childhood neglect, maltreatment, victimization and sexual abuse may impact youth’s trajectory into the juvenile justice system. Examine the abuse-to-prison pipeline in justice-involved youth. Discuss trauma and culturally informed interventions to assist in dismantling these pipelines. Adults 10:15 Worner Center Gaylord Hall cap 110
Bullying and Toxic Masculinity: The Risks to Youths of Color
Tom Keith
Media are awash in normative tropes that instruct boys and young men, along with girls and young women, that respect comes through intimidation and even violence. These tropes are aimed specifically at boys and men but filter through to girls and women as well. With incarceration rates and rates of self-harm at extremely high levels, there are better ways to socialize young people to attain their goals and dreams. Adults 10:15 Kathryn Mohrman Theater cap 731
Classroom Management using CHAMPS and Common Sense
Lori Bitar
The overall goal of the CHAMPs research-based classroom management system is to develop structures in which students are responsible, motivated, and highly engaged in the specific task at hand. Adults
2:30 Palmer 230 cap 43

College Access Initiative at Colorado College
Pedro Ramirez
The College Access Initiative at CC is an academic enrichment program that will bring in a cohort ~25 low-income, high potential 9th graders from the Pikes Peak region to stay on campus for 4-weeks during each summer of high school. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive priority admission to Colorado College. Adults 1:00 Armstrong 301 Capacity 35

Diversity: Identifying Assets Rather Than Perceived Deficits to Build the Social Emotional and Academic Achievement of All Children.
Logan Laszczyk
Elementary and early middle school educators, explore research-based assets that help build the academic foundation, social and emotional learning competencies, and attitudes that help children grow–successfully. Adults 1:00 Armstrong 326 cap 38

Engaging a Restorative Foundation of Relationship and Communication
Judy Hawkins and Alicia Garcia
Employ trauma-informed, equity based Restorative Practices to interact with students and address challenging behavior. Explore the ReSolutionaries’ 5R framework to develop high level accountability within the context of care. Learn to implement Connection Circles. Adults 10:15 Armstrong 301 cap 35

Engaging Families and Students-A Key to Educational Success
Franklin P. Schargel
Learn strategies to engage families at all levels of the education system. Adults
2:30 Olin 1 cap 110

Fact or Myth: Native Americans
Carolena Jackson
It is important to know who our students are and to be respectful of their culture and traditions. It is also important to know that continuing education is not free for Native Americans. Learn about scholarship opportunities for Native American youth. Adults 10:15 Armstrong 234 Cap 32

Fostering Academic Language Development for Emerging Bilinguals (2.5 CLDE if combined with Meeting the Needs of Multilingual Learners Through Understanding Language Proficiency Levels)
Dr. Barbara Dray and Dr. Susana Ibarra Johnson
Language-rich conversations are important for academic success of emerging bilinguals. Collaborative learning strategies can increase participation and engagement! Adults 2:30 Bemis Great Hall cap 120

Harsh Punishment: Black Boys, Teacher Expectations, School Discipline, and the School-To-Prison Pipeline: The Case for Culturally Responsive Schools
Tanisha Pruitt
Teacher expectations and implicit bias result in disproportionate punitive discipline measures for certain student. Develop tangible strategies and policies to understand the cultural background and need of students and to address the impact of implicit bias. Adults 1:00 Worner Center Gaylord Hall cap 110

Immigration Issues for Youth and Their Families
Javier Garcia, JD and Eric Pavri, JD
Focus on challenges that immigrant youth and their families face under the current presidential administration. Discuss immigration relief options for immigrant youth and their families. Adults
2:30 Worner Center WES Room Cap 54

In Plain Sight: Trauma Response to Vulnerable Juvenile Populations
Kelly Dore
Explore trauma and appropriate response to vulnerable juvenile populations. Learn to identify potential human trafficking victims and what is working to decrease recidivism within the judicial system. Adults
10:15 Palmer 232 A Cap 33

Leaving the Set, Getting Out and Staying Out of The Gang!
Jason McBride
A look at helping kids get out and stay out of gangs! 4 points to success: 1. Surround yourself with the right people. 2. Self-motivation 3. Tell your family and friends you LOVE them. 4. Don’t be afraid to achieve! Adults 1:00 Palmer 17 cap 43

Literacy as Equity: Leveling the playing fields for all students.
Caroline Walsh
Participants will ground themselves in the research and theory surrounding the intersection of literacy development, cognitive psychology, and generational poverty. Develop actionable steps for equity. Adults 1:00 Olin 1 Cap 100

LGBTQ+ Homelessness: What can you do?
Tyescha Clark and Joseph Shelton
LGBTQ+ homelessness is a major issue among El Paso County LGBTQ+ youth. What can you do to support these youth and help them grow into a community and succeed. Adults
2:30 Armstrong 326 Cap 39

Meeting the Needs of Multilingual Learners Through Understanding Language Proficiency Levels (CLDE approved in combination with Fostering Academic Language Development for Emerging Bilinguals)
Dr. Barbara Dray and Dr. Susana Ibarra Johnson
Understand the stages of second language acquisition and language proficiency levels utilizing WIDA materials. Learn to monitor linguistic growth. Adults 1:00 Bemis Great Hall Cap 120

Microaggressions, Bias and Their Interference with Educational Success
Carolyn Strong
Bias and microaggressions subconsciously impact us all. Understand how to identify both and to prevent them from impacting the school community and equitable learning environments. Adults 10:15
Armstrong 328 cap 38

Parent Talks
David Galvan
Parent Talks help parents learn why and how to have a conversation with student(s) about sexual activity, relationships, suicide, and other high-risk behaviors. Adults 10:15 Olin 1 cap 100

Power, Privilege, & College Access
Cameron Simmons
Examine the complexities of power, privilege and its connection to college access. Learn cultural fluency to unpack and understand the impact on students, colleagues, and the greater educational system. Adults 10:15 Cornerstone 130 cap 92

Purposeful Play in the Secondary Classroom
Erica Rewey
In this session, we will DO what we SAY – PLAY! We will experience a variety of divergent thinking exercises and activities that build community and safety in our classrooms, allowing students to be themselves and open themselves up to others. Adults 2:30 Palmer 232A cap 33

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer): Ask a question, save a life.
Heather Pelser
QPR is an evidence-based training that covers the warning signs of suicide, how to comfortably ask if someone is thinking of suicide, how to connect with them and offer hope, and how to access appropriate resources. Adults 10:15 Bemis Great Hall 120

Reaching the Wounded Student
Joe Hendershott
Examine the effects of trauma on learning, behaviors, & relationships & working with wounded students™. Adults 2:30 Kathryn Mohrman Theater 731

Re-framing the Conversation Around Family Engagement to include Fathers
Dwayne Meeks
Learn to include fathers in the educational process so they can encourage and motivate children to develop positive values and reach their full potential. Adults 1:00 Palmer 232 A cap 33

Restorative Justice-Keeping Kids in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System
Jeannette Holtham, Jan Rodgers, Serena Vogel, Leslye Taylor, Terrance Taylor, Andre Zarb-Cousin
Experience how Restorative Justice works in schools in this highly interactive session and learn how it’s reducing suspension and expulsion rates to keep our kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system. Adults 2:30 Armstrong 301 cap 35

Rubber Meets the Road: What Up-and-Coming Comic Professionals Need to Know AND Stereotyping Of Indigenous Individuals
Michael Sheyahshe
This session will cover two major areas: first, a brief overview of Indigenous stereotypes in comics, how they relate to other misrepresented groups, and how to avoid them; next, a frank discussion of current needs and trends within the industry of comic book professionals. Adults 2:30 Palmer 121 cap 32

“SEAI”-Social, Emotional and Academic Instruction
Brian Dinkins
SEAI is an instructional system that provides detailed methodology and strategies to embed social-emotional learning in daily instruction. The SEAI instructional rubric scaffolds this instruction and allows teachers to monitor their own growth using the system.
1:00 Cornerstone 130 Cap 90

Solving the Mystery of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504
Pam Christy
Ever felt lost navigating the laws for your child with disabilities or behavioral issues in schools? This presentation will clarify the differences and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504. Adults 10:15 Palmer 232 B cap 32

Unpacking Biases: A Courageous Conversation
Gianina Horton
This interactive workshop opens the door to discuss race and other biases and how they affect our decision making daily. Participants will assess their personal biases and develop ideas and solutions to improve outcomes in life and employment. Adults 1:00 Cornerstone 108 cap 55

Why Didn’t I Know That? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly After Graduation
Ben Gallegos-Pardo and PPCC College Panel
Join this college student panel to discuss the realities of navigating college and adulting. Students and Adults 1:00 Bemis Lounge Cap 50

Who Will Teach the Children? Recruiting, Retaining and Refreshing Highly Effective Educators
Franklin P. Schargel
Teachers and school administrators are leaving the field of education almost as quickly as Schools of Education are preparing them. Learn how to recruit and retain highly effective educators and create a globally competitive school system. Adults 1:00 Kathryn Mohrman cap 731

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