Teaching equity: Advocating for students

Our second annual Teaching Equity: Advocating for Students regional conference was a success! 

We welcomed 155 attendees representing 17 school districts, six community and educational agencies, and our own Saint Martin's students and faculty members.


About our 2019 keynote speaker

Jahmad Canley

Chief executive officer and senior consultant
Potential Unleashed

Jahmad Canley started in education over 16 years ago. He has assisted numerous schools, districts and educators in their quest to serve all children. Canley’s passion for education started when he entered Washington State University through the Future Teachers of Color Program and continued when he helped create and run several equity programs for the College Success Foundation including the HERO program (designed to assist high school aged African American, Latino and indigenous males gain access to higher education). Now schools around the world utilize Jahmad’s unique experiences and ability to transfer cognitive science and culture transformation processes to improve student success rates and remove barriers.

Canley currently works with schools, colleges and universities around the world. He leads equity work in several school districts in the United States and is looked to as a trusted consultant for even more individual schools on the topic. He also runs a youth leadership program called the Tacoma Gents designed at addressing the inequities facing young boys of color in the education system.

2019 conference objectives

  • Share effective policies, information, strategies and practices to support all students

  • Mobilize, inspire and engage educators in advocating for equity in education

  • Build a strong network of support in your professional practice

The afternoon included a wide array of break-out sessions with topics focused on supporting all students and advocating for equity in our schools and workplace.

Breakout sessions

  • Recognizing and Responding to Trauma

  • Collaborating for Equity

  • Did that really just happen?: Microaggressions in Professional Settings

  • Building Teacher Leads; School Based Equity Teams

  • Working with Military-Connected Students

  • Embodied Equity: Theatre and Anti-Oppression

  • Supporting Immigrant Students and Families in Schools

  • White Privilege and Teaching for Equity

  • From Awareness to Best Practices: Supporting LGBTQ* Students

  • Educators of Color Lead with their Hearts and Minds


For questions or further information, please email:

Dr. Linda Maier
Conference facilitator