Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, 185 Court Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Purchase tickets: talkingracepanel.eventbrite.com

Join Border Crossers and a renowned panel of racial justice experts as we discuss the current state of racial equity in education and necessary steps to ensure racial justice in our schools.

Panelists Include:

    • Pedro Noguera: Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University
      • Howard Stevenson: Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania
      • Ali Michael: Director of K-12 Consulting and Professional Development at the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators
      • Joe Brewster: Harvard-trained psychiatrist, filmmaker, outreach producer and author. Director of “American Promise.”
      • Martha Haakmat: Head of School, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Brooklyn, NY
Topics to be explored include:
  • The state of racial inequity in educational outcomes for children
  • Policies that promote racial equity and inequity in education
  • Racial literacy, cultural competency and its connection to student achievement
  • Practices that promote positive racial identity development in children
  • Restorative justice practices in schools
  • The role of Whiteness in education
  • Creating racially equitable and inclusive classrooms


Event Schedule:

  • 6:00-8:00: Panel
  • 8:00-9:00: Networking Reception. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided
Ticket Cost: $50 in advance or $60 at the door, which serves as a tax-deductible donation to Border Crossers. Your donation will support hundreds of educators across the country in creating racially equitable and just educational institutions for students.

For more information, email info@bordercrossers.org



When: Today, Monday, April 28, 2014 at 12:30-1:00PM EST

What: Live  Lunchtime Chat between Jaime-Jin Lewis of Border Crossers and Gina Parker Collins of RIISE

About: Jaime-Jin and Gina will speak about racial justice, education, and what’s so special about the Border Crossers’ Springtime Gala! You won’t want to miss this.


Follow along on Twitter: @bordercrossers @4RIISE #bcitstime

RIISE is a proud sponsor for the 2014 Border Crossers Springtime Gala!

Resources In Independent School Education was founded by Gina Parker Collins in 2009. RIISE is a lifestyle organization bridging the gaps between families of color and the culture of independent schools. We support the recruitment and well-balanced retention of  an independent school education with resources and research that are delivered through events and digital/social media.

About the Gala:
The Springtime Gala is Border Crossers’ largest annual event, designed to celebrate a successful year and raise crucial funds for the upcoming year of programs! This year the event will be held at the historic Housing Works Bookstore and feature musical guest Jacob SS and interactive design group, Collective Story. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, open bar and raffle drawings as well!




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