There are only three weeks left until the San Diego County Office’s Annual Education Equity Conference on May 12-13 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Registration is open until April 29 with details at

Here’s a look at what attendees can expect on day one of the in-person event.

The event kicks off with San Diego County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gothold, and morning keynote speaker, Dr. Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education and Faculty Director of the Center for Schools Transformation in the UCLA. The renowned sociologist has researched and written on topics such as urban school reform, the conditions that promote student success, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations. in American society.

Featured speakers on day one include Martin Odima Jr., special education teacher coach with the Saint Paul Public School District in Minnesota; Dr Robin Avelar La Salle, founder and CEO of Orenda Education and author of Breaking Down Inequalities: Real-World Wisdom for School and District Leaders; and Dr. Jessica Jamese Williams, educator and contributing author of the bestselling anthology You Are Best: Vulnerability, Resilience to Shame, and Black Experience. Dozens of local and national practitioners also deliver presentations on socially responsible leadership, mental health and wellness, asset-based systems, and more.

Young poets will also be honored with performances of their poetry and the art of spoken word throughout the event, and the annual Lighthouse Awards will be presented at the awards luncheon on both days. .

The noon keynote is from Dr. Ivory Toldson, president and CEO of the Quality Education for Minorities Network, professor of counseling psychology at Howard University and author of No BS (Bad Stats). Described as a leader, problem solver, scholar, and myth buster, Toldson was appointed by President Barack Obama to design national strategies to maintain and expand federal support for historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs) as Executive Director of the White House. HCBU Initiative.

The afternoon keynote address will be delivered by Angeline Boulley, former director of the Office of Indian Education at the US Department of Education. Boulley is a registered member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and author of Daughter of the Fire Keeper. The day will end with the screening of Home after school: The children of Carlisle and a Q&A panel with the documentary filmmakers.

Nationally acclaimed author, speaker and social justice advocate Julissa Arce will lead the second day of the Equity Conference, sharing her inspiring story of immigrating to the United States as a child. Arce’s best-selling memoir, My American Dream (underground) (Between Las Sombras del Sueño Americano), is being developed into a television series and his young adult memoir, someone like me (Alguien Como Yo), is used in classrooms across the country.

Breakout sessions include a panel discussion with equity leaders across San Diego County and a panel with students that will focus on increasing student voice in education.

Former New York City Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza will close the conference. He has been a strong advocate for equity in education and currently leads the strategy and global development of IXL Learning. He previously served as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District and the San Francisco Unified School District.

The annual statewide conference brings together district and school leaders, teachers, parents, students and community members committed to equity in education as a way to collectively develop knowledge and work for students.

Equity in education means that all students have access, opportunities and supports to thrive in school. Social or cultural factors should not predict whether students are prepared for college and career.

The theme for the 2022 Equity Conference event is Equity is Love in Action, and the event is designed to safely connect attendees with each other and with learning and equity practices that can be implemented immediately.

Educational equity is a priority of the San Diego County Office of Education, and it is one of the primary equity agencies within the California district and school support system. To deliver on the promise of educational equity for all students, the San Diego County School Board is committed to providing educational opportunities and support to district and school leaders, teachers, and others stakeholders so that all students, including our historically underserved students, are well served and succeed.