Andrea Johnson is the Executive Director for the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation. She facilitates conversations about race, nationally, using the award-winning protocol for Courageous Conversation™.
April Callen is a writer, communications strategist, and cultural critic. She works closely with public and private organizations to ensure their communications not only raise awareness but address the root causes of inequity across race, gender, and economic opportunity. April is the strategy and outreach associate at the FrameWorks Institute, a communications think tank based in Washington, DC; and a strategist for the Shared Story Project at the Partnership for the Future of Learning.
Dr. Chala Holland
Dr. Chala Holland is an educational leader with a passion for students, teaching, and learning. She has led multiple districts in efforts focused on improving and enhancing student achievement outcomes for all students and has led extensive efforts to address disparities in achievement. Through her academic and professional work, Chala continues to examine the relationship between leadership, organizational change, and issues of equity. Chala has a BA from Northwestern University, an MA from DePaul University, and an EdD from University of Illinois at Chicago. Chala is currently completing a PhD in Educational Policy Studies and hopes to bridge efforts between researchers, policy makers, and district administrators towards the elimination of disparities in student achievement.
Since 2007, Jessica Stovall has taught English at Oak Park River and Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, where she has worked to interrupt systemic racial achievement disparities. A recipient of the 2014 Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, Jessica spent a semester in Wellington, New Zealand, studying educational debts between white and indigenous Māori students. Since her return, Jessica has embarked on two projects – a comprehensive teacher professional development program and a workbook for teachers – both focused on eliminating the racial predictability of student achievement. She is a part time instructional coach and serves on the inaugural ASCD Global Education Advisory Board. Her work at OPRFHS is featured in Steve James’ 2018 documentary series, America to Me. Jessica will attend Stanford University this fall, pursuing her PhD in Race, Inequality, and Language in Education.
Joel Laguna currently teaches 6th grade social studies at Thomas Starr King Middle School Film and Media Magnet in Los Angeles, CA. Joel is currently the Film and Media Magnet Lead teacher and chairs the school's Gay - Straight Alliance and Film Student Council clubs.
Dr. Lori A. Watson has 20+ years’ experience as a middle and high school Educator. She currently works with Pacific Educational Group, as an Equity Transformation Specialist, facilitating Courageous Conversations About Race nationally and soon internationally with adults and more recently with youth, through her S.O.A.R. (Students Organized for Anti-Racism) seminars and summits.
Lorraine Martinez Hanley is on the faculty at St. Andrew's Episcopal School as a Spanish Teacher and Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning Academy Translation Group Leader. Lorraine is a Principal Consultant with The Glasgow Group, a consortium of diversity educators who produce the National Diversity Practitioners Institute.
Lorraine served as the lead curriculum writer for the America to Me: Real Talk discussion guides.
Maurice J. Blackmon is a six-year educator with the NYC Department of Education and Advocacy Coach with IntegrateNYC. His activist work began when he collaborated with students of color in a predominantly white school to organize its first Black Student Union. He feels that education is the process of broadening a person’s vantage point beyond the scope of their limited perspective, and is therefore a liberating act.
Now 18, Priya Vulchi co-founded CHOOSE in 10th grade with Winona Guo to equip us all with the tools we lack to both talk about race and act toward systemic change. Their latest publication—a racial literacy textbook and toolkit for educators called The Classroom Index—has been recognized by Princeton University's Prize in Race Relations, featured in Teen Vogue, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Huffington Post, and called a “social innovation more necessary than the iPhone” by Princeton Professor Ruha Benjamin.
As a psychologist and former superintendent of schools, Dr. Stacy L. Scott is a Senior Lecturer at Boston University's Wheelock School of Education in the Education Leadership and Policy Studies Program. Dr. Scott brings unique perspective on equity and diversity in the leadership of schools and is the founder of several organizations including the Center for Understanding Equity and Global Sustainable as well as a co-founder of The Peace Institute.
A special thank you to Kartemquin, producer, and Steve James, filmmaker, for prioritizing this story and making this docu-series. Kartemquin is a 501©3 nonprofit organization and collaborative community empowering documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society. www.kartemquin.com
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