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Building Community and Student-Led Teacher PD to Address Mental Health and Racial Trauma

Thursday, September 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Damita Harvey, Community Organizer, Bristol Cares Coalition; Malikah Upchurch, Instructional Coach, Bristol Township School District (PA); Dr. Latia White, Senior Inclusive Innovation Researcher, Digital Promise; and Dr. Kristian Lenderman, Senior Program Manager, Digital Promise

Sponsored by Digital Promise Center for Inclusive Innovation

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Learn how Bristol Township School District (PA) and the Bristol Cares Coalition, with support from Digital Promise’s Center for Inclusive Innovation, are building community partnerships and student-led approaches to addressing the mental health impacts of racial trauma. The goal of this edWebinar is to provide a case study and model for how district leaders, principals, and teachers can partner with communities and students to develop student-led PD to address key issues in education.

Viewers learn how to create the conditions to build student leadership, implement student training, launch student-led PD, and sustain ongoing partnerships with students at the helm. Additionally, viewers learn how to intentionally develop programming utilizing elements of the Inclusive Innovation process.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, counselors, and social workers.

Damita Harvey

About the Presenters

Damita Harvey has been with NJM Insurance Group since 2004, with the majority of her career focused on developing talent and providing educational solutions. Damita joined the administrative team of No Longer Bound, a grassroots prevention-based organization, in 1999, and currently serves as the Prevention Manager. One of Damita’s passion projects is serving as the community organizer for the Bristol Cares Coalition. This is a true collaborative effort between members of the community, school district, and local agencies with a desire for creating a community where youth feel valued, have a vision for the future, and a sense of self and belonging. Damita also serves as a co-lead for Bristol Township’s Digital Promise Project supporting the mental health of students that have faced racial trauma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Malikah Upchurch

Malikah Upchurch is an educator and Instructional Coach in Levittown, Pennsylvania. She began her career as a high school English teacher at charter schools in Philadelphia before transitioning to middle-level English language arts and English language learning in Bristol Township School District where she currently serves. Her belief in every person’s ability to make a positive impact in society fuels the energy and optimism behind her work. Her passion for child development extends beyond the classroom through coaching multiple extracurricular activities and volunteering with a national non-profit organization. As an aspiring school administrator, she plans to be an empowering learning leader and advocate for all.

Latia White

Dr. Latia White, Senior Inclusive Innovation Researcher, has over 20 years of experience working in the education sector as an educator, instructional coach, and researcher. As a practitioner-researcher, Dr. White has supported school administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers to create equitable and inclusive environments to respond to the needs of historically and systematically excluded students. Dr. White has created culturally responsive curricula and educational programming to support students’ academic and social-emotional development and supported teachers as they worked to create culturally responsive learning environments for their students. As a researcher, Dr. White’s focus has been on inclusive research practices that center youth and communities. Dr. White leads efforts within the Center for Inclusive Innovation to co-research educational challenges and co-design educational solutions with students, teachers, and community members.

Kristian Lenderman

Kristian Lenderman, Ed.D. is currently a Senior Program Manager at Digital Promise’s Center for Inclusive Innovation, overseeing a variety of equity-centered, education R&D projects. She has dedicated her career to working on educational equity and her research focuses broadly on school climate and teacher training. Dr. Lenderman has over ten years of experience in education at the classroom, district, and state levels. As a teacher, coach, and facilitator, she focuses on reaching equitable outcomes by building a positive and inclusive culture. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Houston in 2020.

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Digital Promise Center for Inclusive InnovationDigital Promise’s Center for Inclusive Innovation reimagines education research and development (R&D) by resourcing the creative ingenuity of communities working in partnership with school districts to create equitable powerful learning opportunities for students furthest from opportunity. The foundation for Inclusive Innovation is anchored in a set of core tenets that embody an equity-centered approach to research and development. The tenets define how we deliberately support teams in co-constructing an inclusive R&D culture that enables equitable leadership and contribution.

Center for Inclusive Innovation


Thursday, September 7, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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