Upcoming Events

BIPOC Connection Event 

Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Parent Voices – view flyer

This virtual event is intended for all parents, administration, faculty, and staff of independent schools.

The Black@ Movement: What do Parents need to know?

Come join us to hear perspectives and stories from a panel of Black parents at independent schools. Come ready to engage in dialogue with parents and other independent school community members.

Saturday, October 24, 2020  10:00am – 11:30am. Virtual event.


Affinity Seminar – view flyer

This virtual event is intended for all faculty, staff, and administrators of independent schools.

Authors and national speakers, Dr. Steven Jones, and Dr. Shelly Tochluk will lead high-powered engaging affinity group discussions. Tools and strategies will be shared to further support diversity and greater inclusion within your school community.

Saturday, November 7, 2020  1:00 pm – 4:00pm


Student Voices and Student Stay Woke – view flyer

STUDENT VOICES (Open to all) SoCal POCIS invites all independent school parents, high school students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Participants will hear from a panel of high school students as they share their SDLC learning and experiences, in addition to what they need from the adults in their independent school community. After the panel, high school students may participate in the Student Stay Woke workshop while the adults will move into breakout rooms to continue the important conversation started by the students.

STUDENT STAY WOKE (High School Students only) StudentStayWoke serves as a space for students from independent schools to engage one another in meaningful conversations about political and social issues as they relate to their experiences at school. Each year, StudentStayWoke hosts three events, inviting students from schools in and around Los Angeles to participate in workshops, think-tanks, and activities that better equip them to address inequities and marginalization in their communities. The SSW planning committee is composed of a diverse group of young change-makers, all passionate about working together to transform the culture of their schools while equipping their peers to do the same.

Saturday, January 30, 2021  10:00am – 1:00pm. Virtual event.


Rethinking Diversity- Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, Radical Teaching – Reading Workshop as a Powerful Space for Transformation and Liberation – view flyer

SoCal POCIS invites all independent school staff, faculty, and administrators.

Radical Teaching Reading Workshop as a Powerful Space for Transformation and Liberation

Dr. Cherry-Paul is the co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy, the Director of Diversity and Equity at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and the Senior Advisor of the Heinemann Fellows. She is the creator of the forthcoming book, Stamped (for Kids), an adaptation of the groundbreaking book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. She is also a co-author of four other books published by Heinemann.
Informed by her over 20 years of experience as a Middle School English teacher, Dr. Cherry-Paul was instrumental in curriculum development that centered the work of racial literacy in K-12 schools. She currently leads presentations about literacy at national conferences, and on a global scale, provides professional development on reading and writing instruction and antiracist teaching practices.

Monday, February 22, 2021  5:00pm – 7:00pm. Virtual event.

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Dr. Ernie Robles-Levroney Equity Speaker Series – Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, Culturally & Historically Responsive Education

SoCal POCIS invites all independent school staff, faculty, and administrators.

Utilizing her research on the historical roots of culturally responsive education, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad provides a practical and equitable model that can help support educators better understand and implement culturally responsive practices in the classroom. Her approach utilizes historically responsive as well as foundational concepts of culturally responsive education.

She is the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English, Promising New Researcher Award, the 2015 NCTE Alan C. Purves Award, the 2016 NCTE CEE Janet Emig awardee, and the 2017 Georgia State University Urban Education Research Awardee. She was awarded the 2018 University of Illinois-Chicago, Researcher of the Year, and was granted funding by the U.S. Department of Education to study culturally and historically responsive literacy in STEM classrooms.

She is the author of the book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021  4:00pm – 5:30pm. Virtual event.

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