Don't miss this interactive two-part series designed to create a community of learners interested in applying racial equity in the P–12 education system.

This professional learning may be eligible for Title II or Title IV funding. This PL also aligns with the Fundamental Course of Study 06 Equity for paraeducators. Please contact your program director for more information. 

Paraprofessionals and classified staff, administrators, principals, assistant principals, and deans of students.

Session 1 | February 23: What is Equity/Justice?

In this session we will focus on:

  • Equity Conversation Agreements
  • Why This Work is Meaningful
  • Both/And Lenses
  • Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Session outcomes:

  • Participants will reflect on who they want to be for their students and school community and the barriers preventing this.
  • Learn frameworks for approaching Racial Equity and Anti-Racism work.
  • Examine key “both/and” concepts that support deeper learning and examination of Racial Equity conversations.

Session 2 | February 25: Why Race?

In this session, the focus will be on:

  • Historical Context
  • Systems of Oppression
  • Types of Racism and How They are Connected
    • Structural racism-systematic/institutional
    • Individual and Interpersonal
  • Identity and Social Constructs
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Session outcomes:

  • Understand historical context, systems of oppression and their impact.
  • Recognize how racism shows up in our current world and work from policies and procedures, initiatives, interpersonal relationships with colleagues and community.
  • Explore ways to use social position to interrupt racial oppression.
  • Develop a shared language around race identity and issues related.

$65 per individual OR $199 group registration comprised of three paraeducators and one administrator.

Click here to submit an individual registration. The contact will receive the receipt and registration confirmation. Please forward the confirmation to your registrants. 
Click here to submit your group registration (three paras and one administrator).

One-year membership to WSASCD included with registration. Note to current members: registration does not extend your membership.

You will receive two Zoom confirmations (one per session) with your personal link to join the sessions. Please do not share your link. 

Each session will be recorded, and paid registrants will be provided personal access (not shareable) to each recording post-event. Still wish to cancel? A administrative fee ($30 individual/$65 group) applies to cancellations. No Show = No Refund.

1.5 WA State Approved clock hours, or Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) 06 Equity hours for paraprofessionals, are available for participation for each session with live participation. Attendance will be verified.

Contact Lisa Gehman at 360.943.5717 or wsascd@wasa-oly.org with registration questions.

Contact Carrie Lam at
carrielamascd@gmail.com with event questions.

CEO & Senior Consultant, Potential Unleashed

Jahmad Canley has an endless dedication to empowerment and education for all people. He is internationally known as a top level culture transformation consultant, peak performance coach, author and masterful storyteller. Jahmad focuses on helping people and organizations accomplish their goals and fulfill their potential in their personal, professional, and organizational lives. His passion for helping others unleash their potential has provided him the privilege of working with top organizations such as Microsoft, Amazon, Western Union, USA Swimming and many more.

Getting his start in education over 16 years ago, Jahmad has assisted numerous schools, districts, and educators in their quest to serve all children. Jahmad’s passion for education started when he entered Washington State University through the Future Teachers of Color Program and continued when he helped create several equity programs for the College Success Foundation including the HERO Program (designed to assist High School aged African American, Latino, and Indigenous males gain access to higher education). Now schools around the world utilize Jahmad’s unique experiences and ability to transfer Cognitive Science and Culture Transformation processes to improve student success rates and remove barriers.

Jahmad currently works with schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States, Canada, The Bahamas, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Kenya, South Africa, and Japan. Jahmad currently leads diversity,equity, and inclusion work in several school districts around the country and is looked to as a trusted consultant for even more individual schools on the topic.

Jahmad’s ability to combine his energy and passion with a sense of humor and innate sincerity enables him to connect with a wide range of audiences and empower them to achieve the growth and change they earnestly desire. So whether it’s a group of students, staff or faculty, transformation is the result.

“I have learned that most people all over the world want the same thing...a better world for themselves, their families, and their communities. What keeps us trapped is often the lack of knowledge or the lack of a process. I believe that to truly serve others, we must provide them with both a process and knowledge. The hour is late, the time is short, the task is great and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jahmad Canley

In addition to his work, Jahmad is a dedicated family man and community member. In fact you’ll often find his wife, two daughters, and son traveling alongside him in support at various events. Jahmad is a dividend of Tacoma Public Schools and in addition to currently being a parent he is also the founder of the Tacoma Gents program. Tacoma Gents works with young men of color in the 3rd to 5th grades teaching L.I.F.E. (leadership, image/integrity, financial literacy, and etiquette) skills. The program is now in it's 5th year in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools.