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Watch the 4 Films Screening at the School Leaders of Color Conference

Be inspired by the work and stories of alumni and catch them speaking with attendees in SLOC’s “Conversation Corners.”

January 26, 2023

The School Leaders of Color Conference is hosted by the Collective at Teach For America with the goal to provide BIPOC school and systems leaders professional development and the opportunity to find inspiration and connect with one another in a space not found elsewhere in the educational ecosystem.

This year, four One Day videos will be screened throughout the event. Attendees will also have the chance to talk to the featured alumni during SLOC’s “Conversation Corners,” unscripted spaces where attendees can meet with leaders in their network to ask questions and build connections. 

Watch the videos and meet the featured alumni:

The Bridge to Reinvention

Reinvention Lab founder Michelle Culver presents a theory of change for education which is inspired by examples of innovative, culturally responsive and industry-oriented teaching and school leadership.

Erin Whalen (Miami-Dade, ‘12)
Founder & Executive Director of Da Vinci Rise

Starting an Afrocentric School

Teach For America alum Ebony Payne Brown (Metro Atlanta ’06) is the founder and leader of PEACE Academy charter school, which is slated to open in southeast Atlanta in 2023. The school will have an Afrocentric focus and tie in field trips to help broaden student perspectives. Payne Brown envisions PEACE as a place where students’ identities will be honored, their minds will be nurtured through rigorous instruction, and their eyes will be opened to their local community, their unique places within it, and their power to shape change.

Ebony Payne Brown
Founder & Executive Director, PEACE Charter Academy

When Spirits Dance

For performing arts teacher Christopher Sandoval (Rio Grande Valley 2014), teaching Day of the Dead is not only about cultural identity, but also an opportunity to foster civic engagement in his students. “We’re here,” he says, “to open minds in our classroom through culturally responsive teaching, so our children could walk out being more successful and more responsible citizens of this country and of their community.”

Christopher Sandoval (Rio Grande Valley, ‘14)
Performing Arts Teacher
KIPP Comienza Community Prep Charter School

Blood, Sweat, & Sparkles: The Young Activists Guide to Ending Period Poverty

In this short animated film, two members of ‘Ilima Intermediate School’s Activist Club, Riez and Alana, recount how a group of middle school students and their teacher, TFA Alumna Sarah "Mili" Milianta-Laffin (Houston ’06) came together to end period poverty in schools across the state of Hawaii.

Damaris Pareda (D.C., ’09)
National Programs Director

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