Special Events

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Title Description Time Location Activity Type Price Registration
Newcomers to PoCC Orientation (LIVE) There are two opportunities to attend this orientation session: one on Monday, November 29, and one on Tuesday, November 30.  Monday, November 29,
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Not required
Newcomers to PoCC Orientation (LIVE) There are two opportunities to attend this orientation session: one on Monday, November 29, and one on Tuesday, November 30. Tuesday, November 30,
5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Not required
PoCC Express Café Session 1 Is there a topic of interest to you that you don't see in conference workshop schedule? Are you longing to have more small-group conversations with like-minded colleagues or those with divergent perspectives who can challenge your thinking? If so, we've created the PoCC Express Café to help you have your say, listen to others, and harvest new ideas relevant to your life and work. These events will take place in the PoCC Lounge in the Online Conference Platform. Click here for a list of the topics. Wednesday, December 1,
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Not required
Affinity Group Session 1 PoCC hosts affinity group sessions to provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific racial or ethnic identity group. Led by a team of trained facilitators, affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely. Wednesday, December 1,
3:15 PM-4:45 PM
Affinity Group Not required
Film Screening: "The Road to Justice" (Sponsored by The Road to Justice film) "The Road to Justice" follows two groups on The Nation's Civil Rights tour through the American South as they reckon with the profound racial injustice of our recent past. The first is a group of students from Morgan Park Academy, and the second group is composed of older Americans who lived through the 1960s Civil Rights era. The film is a testament to the power of place and direct experience in creating transformational change. It is also a call to action and a clear example of the kind of complex dialogue necessary to advance the talk of racial justice to reality. 
 
Wednesday, December 1,
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Not required
PoCC Express Café Session 2 (Sponsored by Storbeck Search) Is there a topic of interest to you that you don't see in conference workshop schedule? Are you longing to have more small-group conversations with like-minded colleagues or those with divergent perspectives who can challenge your thinking? If so, we've created the PoCC Express Café to help you have your say, listen to others, and harvest new ideas relevant to your life and work. These events will take place in the PoCC Lounge in the Online Conference Platform. Click here for a list of the topics. Thursday, December 2,
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Not required
Affinity Group Session 2 (including Social Justice Summit processing) PoCC hosts affinity group sessions to provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific racial or ethnic identity group. Led by a team of trained facilitators, affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely. Thursday, December 2,
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Affinity Group Not required
LGBT Social Hour Thursday, December 2,
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Not required
Master Class with Jamila Dugan (Sponsored by The Wells Collective) Introduction to Street Data: Avoiding Equity Traps and Tropes

Join fellow diversity professionals and other change agents for this dynamic Master Class as Dr. Jamila Dugan sets the stage for working toward equity with “street data” and prepares us to recognize and avoid the traps and tropes that run counter to just intent and the actions that advance it.
 
Working toward equity is a journey, not a destination. Too often, however, our current school reform and transformation approaches treat equity as a task to be checked off a list. Educators are looking for ways to disrupt traditional change models and ensure that students at the margins actually get what they need. Dugan, co-author (with Shane Safir) of Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation, describes “street data” as the qualitative and experiential data that helps fundamentally alter our approach to systems change. It embodies an ethos and a change methodology that transforms how we analyze, diagnose, and assess everything from individual student learning plans to policies and practices that affect the entire school community. Street data also provides a pathway for climbing out of 10 seductive “equity traps and tropes” profiled by Dugan in an article in the March issue of ASCD's magazine Educational Leadership.

Cost (pre-registration required): Standard Pricing (11/2/21-12/3/21): $80 for Members; $105 for Non-Members
Friday, December 3,
1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Master Class $80 for Members; $105 for Non-Members Required
Book Club: “My Beautiful Black Hair” In this session, you will have an opportunity to meet St. Clair Detrick-Jules, the author of My Beautiful Black Hair: 101 Natural Hair Stories from the Sisterhood, and dive deeper into the fabulous stories shared in this book. St. Clair has captured black hair’s authenticity and beauty and the stories that live within us. My Beautiful Black Hair is a divine example of courage, self-love, acceptance, and diversity. It’s a stunning collection that everyone needs to sit with, explore, and share with the little black girl in their life. The images and stories in this book represent and embody sisterhood to the fullest. Lean in and be ready to see yourself in some way, shape, or form. Order your copy of My Beautiful Black Hair now! Use discount code, BEAUTIFUL25, to take 25% off through March 31, 2022. Receive free shipping on orders $25 and up. Friday, December 3,
1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Book Club Not required
Affinity Group Session 3 PoCC hosts affinity group sessions to provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific racial or ethnic identity group. Led by a team of trained facilitators, affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely. Friday, December 3,
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Affinity Group Not required
Club PoCC (Sponsored by The Glasgow Group) Join us for our annual end-of-conference party with DJ Van Vader on the turntables. It’s a Friday night, so dust off your dancing shoes and join the spotlight! There is no better place to get your weekend started than hanging out with your independent school colleagues and DJ Van Vader.

 
Friday, December 3,
8:00 PM-9:30 PM
Club PoCC Not required
The Magic of PoCC Do you believe in magic?  For more than three decades, the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) has nurtured the spirit and imagination of educators of color and others committed to racial equity and social justice in independent schools and society. Is this rejuvenation accomplished through sleight of hand? No. By misdirection? No. By illusion? Not a chance. What PoCC creates is the joy and magic of lasting connection. Join us to celebrate another successful PoCC with a captivating, family-friendly performance. Admission is complimentary for PoCC registrants. Friday, December 3,
8:00 PM-8:45 PM
Magic Show Free Not required