1 Day Workshop – Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in Schools

I am excited to finally launch my first day-long workshop. It’s been a long time coming and I hope to work with a group of educators to move this work forward. It’s my hope that we learn from each other and further strategize how to dismantle white supremacy culture in our spaces.



I am sure you are tired of talking all around the issue of racism but not going deeper than diversity and cultural competence. We need tools to dismantle white supremacy culture in our classrooms, schools, and districts. In this workshop, participants will build their racial literacy skills and prepare to bring similar work to their contexts. We will use discussions, strategic planning, and design thinking to build our skills. As a Middle School Principal, I will also share my reflections, lessons learned, and possible pitfalls when leading this work in schools.


Outcomes of the Workshop

  1. Plan a multi-year approach to Racial Equity inspired school transformation
  2. Become more familiar with 3 frameworks to address WSC
  3. Assessing how WSC is showing up in your work and organization
  4. Identify obstacles to addressing WSC and share best practices
  5. Build community with other folks taking up this deeper work

Target Audience

  • Educators and Leaders at all levels (classroom, school, and district)
  • Anyone who is interested in going deeper than diversity
  • Highly effective for groups and teams from an organization

Time, Date, Cost

  • 9am – 4pm
  • Monday, June 17th, 2019
  • $300 (includes food and materials)


Reservations and Questions

Register below or with this link here: https://forms.gle/7Zhd7JzVfgqWrrsd6

Email joetruss@culturallyresponsiveleadership.com for questions

Workshop Location

Our workshop will take place in The Log Cabin at the Presidio, in San Francisco, CA. The Presidio is located in the northernmost part of the San Francisco, close to the Golden Gate Bridge. The address is 1299 Storey Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129. More information about the venue can be found here.

It is very close to popular sights like the Palace of Fine Arts, Ghirardelli Square, and Pier 39.

Travel and Accommodations

The closest airports are SFO (San Francisco, CA) and OAK (Oakland, CA).

There is a BART train that connects to both airports, however you will need to take another form of transportation after getting off the BART train. Renting a car or using rideshare services are recommended, however the MUNI bus is also an option.

There are hotel options on Lombard St near the Presidio, and many more throughout San Francisco. Here are 2 options:

  1. Lodge at the Presidio (A small hotel within the Presidio) link
    Distance to Log Cabin: 1 mile
    Rate includes complimentary continental breakfast and evening wine & cheese
    Online room rates from (as of 4/30/19): $275 +taxes
  2. Hotel De Sol (A funky renovated motor lodge) link
    Distance to Log Cabin: 3 miles
    Rate includes complimentary continental breakfast
    Online room rates from (as of 4/30/19): $190 +taxes


Bundle Discount

Check out the Brave Spaces Institute, offered by my colleague Shane Safir. This 2-day institute will help you and your team build collective will, skill, and momentum for equity. I have worked with Shane and recommend her work for sure!

If you attend both of our trainings, you will receive a 10% discount off of each training. That’s a lot of equity leadership support!

Background of this Workshop

I have spent the last year using a framework of White Supremacy Culture (from Tema Okun) to explore how to transform schools. I have spent all my years in education, working to address WSC, but I just didn’t call it that. I am sure you have too. I first heard about this text from Jose Garcia, a New Tech Network Coach, and from Kristin Bijur, one of my colleagues in SFUSD, both in the same week.

We used the text to start conversations and frame the work we did together with the group of Superintendent Leadership Fellows from SFUSD. Over the past year, I have engaged various groups at my school, including my teacher leaders, my admin team, and my larger school staff.

In April, I was able to explore this topic with 33 educators, at the Deeper Learning Conference.

Lastly, Ive been working with a group of 20 SFUSD leaders bi-monthly to explore WSC in their schools and share progress.

Basically, its been on my mind and in my work all year. So now it’s time to take it to the next level.

I have never had enough time to truly dig in. I have a feeling that we need 2 days, but we will start with 1 and see if folks want to go deeper and continue this work.

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