Join Us at the LEARNING FORWARD Conference December 5-7, 2021
Lee Teitel was the Founding Director of the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES) Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he has been a faculty member since 1999. Before starting RIDES, Teitel served as faculty director of the Masters Level School Leadership Program at HGSE and helped develop the Instructional Rounds practice, authoring or coauthoring several books and articles about it, and co-chairing Harvard’s Rounds Institute. Through RIDES and as an independent consultant, Teitel has helped hundreds of teachers, administrators, and students in over 50 schools and districts around the country use the Equity Improvement Cycle to name, own, and address inequities in their schools. In July 2019, Teitel stepped away from full-time teaching at HGSE to expand his consulting work using the Equity Improvement Cycle and supporting white superintendents in the personal, professional, and practical work of addressing race, racism and inequity.
Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson is an educational and racial equity strategist that is deeply committed to the studies of culture; innovation; equity and adult development. Since earning her master’s degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Brandeis University, and her doctorate from Harvard’s Educational Leadership Doctorate (Ed.L.D.), Dr. Amante-Jackson has honed her knowledge to transform organizations, nonprofits and schools on issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Dr. Amante-Jackson currently serves as the President/Founder of The Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP) and DCCP (DEEP Corporate Consulting Partners) where she supports superintendents, teachers, principals, non profit leaders, corporations, commercial real estate and boards to achieve equitable culture and to systematically dismantle oppression.
A passionate Latina, Mary identifies as she/her hers and Mestizo (white and indigenous Central American). Mary has an doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and & Psychology with a focus on the achievement motivation of students of color. Mary is a retired principal who used the Equity Improvement Cycle in two schools she led, and now coaches districts across the country, Mary is particularly committed to the development and success of BIPOC leaders and aspiring leaders. Mary runs several different networks locally and cross-country, including ones for leaders, aspiring leaders and DEI directors. Mary is a strong believer in the power of networks to sustain practice. Mary is Chair of the Board of POCIS, People of Color in Independent Schools, Nor Cal, Mary has an expertise in second language acquisition and teaches leadership in this area at Boston College. In addition, Mary is an Authorized Partner of Everything DiSC and a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
A South Los Angeles native, Isaiah earned his B.A in American History and Political Science from Cornell College, M.A. in teaching from Drake University, and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from Iowa State University. Isaiah served as interim director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights, later transitioning to serving as a policy and equity consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. This brought him to serve as Equity Coordinator at the largest school district in the state of Iowa. Isaiah’s expertise in cultural conflicts has been supplemented by the design and teaching of college courses on Cultural Proficiency. In addition to being trained as a facilitator and mediator, Isaiah is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).
Circe Stumbo is devoted to both work and activism in the service of racial equity. Through her work, she helps educators and education leaders develop their Equity AgencySM and Systemic Equity LeadershipSM, overcome implicit racial bias, and design and implement equity improvement cycles. Circe founded West Wind Education Policy Inc. in 2001 and serves as president; prior to that, she worked for 14 years in non-profit associations in Washington, DC, and taught political theory at the University of Maryland College Park, where she advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. Circe earned an EdM at Harvard University, a MA in government and politics at the University of Maryland, and a BA in political science at the University of Iowa. Through activism, Circe pushes her local community to overcome racial injustice in policing, education, and city government.
Dr. Adrienne Bailey is well known for her passionate advocacy of education equity, economic and racial justice, and she has written and spoken extensively on the issues. She received her BA in French from Mundelein College, MEd from Wayne State University, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. A former member of the Illinois State Board of Education and past president of the National Association of State Boards of Education, Adrienne’s expertise has positioned her to implement system-wide equity strategies for school districts through organizations such as the Panasonic Foundation, Stanford University’s Center for Opportunity Policy in Education/LEADS, ExEL at Harvard University, and the Stupski Foundation. She additionally has held leadership positions in the Standards and Assessment Partnership, Consortium for School Research, University of Chicago; the Council of Great City Schools; Chicago Public Schools; and The College Board. Adrienne is currently working as a senior consultant with the Elizabeth (NJ) Board of Education and West Wind Education Policy Inc..