Spring/Summer 2020 Workshop – Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in Schools

I’m excited to work with the next group of antiRacist educators. In late Spring/Summer 2020, I will offer my 5th full day workshop on Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in Schools.

What can you expect?

You can expect deep personal reflection, discussion, and action planning. I’m looking forward to working with another group of anti-racist educators. It’s my hope that we learn from each other and further strategize how to dismantle white supremacy culture in our spaces.

Here is a video with highlights from previous workshops


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, affinity groupings, and strategic planning 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
  • Highly effective for groups and teams from an organization
  • Anyone who is interested in going deeper than diversity

Time, Date, Cost, Location

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Date TBD
  • 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • $300 includes materials, breakfast, snacks and lunch
  • Location details will be emailed to registered participants

Reservations and Questions

Registration link coming soon, but reserve your spot here.

Email joetruss@culturallyresponsiveleadership.com for questions

Testimonials from Past Participants

“This is an excellent workshop for anyone who is interested in creating equitable spaces for voices that have been marginalized.” – Tara Perry

“There were a lot of great resources shared. The time and space for ‘real talk’ was much appreciated.” – Brian Simmons

“This helps you do the inner work so we can do the outer work and keep students’ identities at the core of our practices.” Tina Schuster

“This workshop held space for the participants to dive right into discussing and unpacking WSC for ourselves, and how it has impacted us.” – Silvia Cordero

“Joe really held space to talk about WSC that felt like taking risks and speaking one’s truth.” – Gina Patterson

Background of Workshop

I have spent the last 2 years using a framework of White Supremacy Culture (from Tema Okun) to explore how to transform schools, with educators across the San Francisco.  In addition, I have engaged various groups at my school, including our teacher leaders, administration, and our larger school staff. This work was chronicled in a recent article in Education Week. I have offered this workshop 8 times so far, 3 of which have been full days of learning, reaching over 200 folks. It’s time to connect more people in this beautiful struggle. Sign up!

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