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Summer Workshop | Disruptors: A Collective Journey to Justice

  • August 05, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Google Office (320 N Morgan St Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60607)


  • IN-PERSON at Google Office (320 N Morgan St Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60607)


Often schools focus on teachers in the classroom when thinking about equity work. Although teachers have the most intimate interactions with students, when equity work lives in that space only, it is often limited.

This workshop, facilitated by Dr. Sheldon Eakins and Dr. Sawsan Jaber, will help schools ask questions and think critically about how to involve all stakeholders and educators in all positions of a school community in the pursuit of justice in schools. The central question will be: How do I influence and make change toward equity and justice for my students and community within my locus of control?

Ideally, schools will attend this workshop with multiple members of their school community to begin interrogating current practices and thinking about how to strategically implement equity work for their specific communities that will lead to impactful change, student and community empowerment, and healthier school communities. Participants of this workshop will leave with strategies of how to notice, name, and interrupt historic inequities that have existed in traditional school spaces and have become the norm.

Leave the workshop with tools to collaborate with other stakeholder groups and create a plan with structured support continued learning once a month from August - December and then present your success and challenges in a round table session at the next IDEA conference.

With your registration you will get: 

  • 5 Hour in-person workshop on August 5 in Northern Illinois (Google Headquarters!!)
  • 20 hour cohort: This accountability group will provide support asynchronously and periodically meet synchronously between August and December.
  • 1 full day at IDEAcon. Share your story and meet with like minded individuals and your instructors at IDEAcon.
  • An opportunity to present your school’s work and participate in a conversation with other schools who have also begun the work 
  • A free copy of Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins’ Book: Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for all Students

Illinois educators can earn up to 25 PDHs for this workshop/cohort.

Who should attend this workshop: All educators and educational leaders at all levels. If you work with children, this workshop is for you. Individual school members can attend to lead this work in their district, or school groups can attend in order to begin building collective collaborative processes.

Are you interested in our summer programming but can't make the day or location work in your schedule? Complete this form to let us know! We will use this information when considering additional or alternative offerings.

About the Presenters:

Sheldon Eakins, PhD.

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the Founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. He is also the author of Leading Equity: Becoming an Advocate for All Students. With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. 

Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, an M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education.

Sawsan Jaber, PhD.

Dr. Jaber is currently a high school English teacher at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park. She founded Education Unfiltered Consulting and works with schools both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jaber focuses on curriculum mapping, strategic planning, custom tailoring a social justice curriculum for schools, and anti-bias training. She completed her Ph.D. with a focus on inclusion and belonging of students from marginalized communities.

Dr. Jaber is a Board Director of Our Voice Alliance (OVA) charged with amplifying the voices of teachers of color to create more equity for students of color. Additionally, Sawsan is one of the founders of the Arab American Education Network (AAEN). She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education professional learning network (ISTE PLN) Leader. Dr. Jaber is a National Board Certified teacher and has focused most of her research on engaging students in equity work and advocating for Arab and Muslim students. 

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