Mark your calendars for the 2017 Teachers of Color and Allies (TOCA) Summit 

  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 8 am - 2 pm
  • ​UMC, University of Colorado Boulder
  • #TOCA17

TOCA Save the Date

2017 Keynote

Keynote speaker Megan Bang, associate professor at the University of Washington, will discuss her acclaimed work focused on improving the quality of life and educational opportunities for communities historically disadvantaged by education, with a central focus on indigenous peoples and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) education.

2017 Agenda

  • 8:00-8:45am Conference Check-in/Continental Breakfast – UMC Ballroom
  • 8:45-9:45 — Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Dr. Megan Bang, Associate Professor, University of Washington – UMC Ballroom
  • 9:45-10:00 — Morning Break- UMC Ballroom
  • 10:00-11:30 — Breakout Sessions - Various Students as Holder & Producers of Knowledge (UMC West Ballroom)
  • 11:30-1:00 — Lunch, Mix It Up, and Students’ Digital Storytelling – UMC Ballroom
  • 1:00 – 2:00 — EdCamp-Inspired Sessions - Various locations

2017 Breakout Sessions

  • Pathways2Teaching, A Grow Your Own Teacher Program
    • Learn about this exciting grow your own teacher program in which students critically examine educational inequities. Future educators come to see teaching as an act of love and a way to engage in social justice. At the same time, they engage in weekly field experience working with elementary students on building literacy skills. Classwork support P2T students in navigating the college search and application process. Michelle Carpenter, Boulder Valley School District
  • Students as Holders and Producers of Knowledge
    • Tu Eres Mi Otro Yo, You Are My Other Me. Come learn about the Aquetza Summer Program and the learning that we create with students that attend our program. We will discuss the power of Vulnerability in a space of learning, the use of Non-dominant and Interdisciplinary curriculum in the classroom and the power of Art as a means for Presenting Research. Magnolia Landa-Posas, University of Colorado Boulder; Dr. Enrique Lopez, University of Colorado Boulder
  • De-Constructing Deficit: Connecting Our Stories
    • As People of Color, we will share and discuss strategies on how to challenge deficit thinking we confront in personal, school, work and community settings. Drawing on Ladson-Billing and Nasir we use a critical lens to examine common stereotypes that teachers, parents and students of color confront in their daily lives. During the workshop, the presenters and participants will share counter-narratives with the goal of examining the following master scripts: A Family In Need, AquÌ_ el Doctor Soy Yo (I'm the Doctor Here), The Achievement Gap, Celebrating Diversity, [Latino] Parents Don't Care/Don't Show Up. Jennifer Pacheco, University of Colorado Boulder; Manuela Sifuentes, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Supporting and Empowering Refugee Students
    • This session will give educators opportunities to learn, discuss, and explore information and strategies at a high level. Participants will be asked to think philosophically as well as practically to develop, share, and learn about strategies for supporting and empowering refugee students to succeed in school. Hayley Breden, Denver Public Schools; Negar Mizani, Denver Public Schools
  • Community & Creativity: Adopting Holistic Strategies in the Classroom
    • This presentation will involve creative exercises and a discussion for K-12 educators hoping to incorporate a more holistic, community based approach in their classrooms. Kamala Gopalakrishnan
  • Power Networking: Building Your Brand and Education Network
    • As Educators of Color, our students need us to advocate for ourselves and our career opportunities. As we pursue goals around breaking down barriers and obtaining access to key roles within our schools, non-profits, and education organizations, we need to shift power in the process. This session will discuss how power can be shifted by creating and strengthening your own personal brand to move employers to take positive action on you and your career. Caleb Fields, Denver Public Schools
  • Identifying and Programming for Diverse Children with Gifts and Talents
    • Culturally and linguistically diverse students who are advanced and gifted learners are some of our most at risk students. In this session, will discuss state policies and current research to support inclusive identification and assessment practices. Participants will learn how to use various assessments to identify students from diverse populations and service delivery for these students. Dr. Michelle DuBois, Boulder Valley School District

About TOCA

Launched in 2003, the Teachers of Color and Allies (TOCA) Summit is a daylong event that gathers local educators of color, administrators, equity scholars and allies to provide collegial support, opportunities for networking and mentoring, and insights into best practices in education. Hosted by the School of Education in partnership with local school districts, the summit is held every fall. 

The 2017 TOCA Summit is supported by a grant from the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement.

Key Benefits: 

  • Free registration, typically $75/person supported by CU Boulder
  • Meals provided
  • Hands-on breakout sessions on best practices for educational equity and justice
  • Four clock hours of continuing education

Districts typically send 5-10 teacher-leaders and administrators to this summit (and subsidize the cost for substitutes for the day). Districts that have participated in the past include: Adams 12 Five Star, Adams 50, Aurora Public Schools, Brighton 27J, BVSD, Cherry Creek, Denver District 1, DPS, Jeffco, St Vrain, Ft Lupton, Weld re 5j. Registration is first come, first-served.

Register Here