2018 National Symposium

All Our Children: The Church's Role in Education Equity


Tuesday January 16

1:30 pm – 4:15 pm Registration, Welcome, Mingle, and Greet (Stirling Room)
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks (Satterlee Hall)
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Worship (Cathedral)
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Dinner (Satterlee Hall)
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Keynote: Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade (Satterlee Hall)

Wednesday January 17

8:00 am – 8:20 am   Coffee & light breakfast (Satterlee Hall)
8:30 am – 9:00 am   Worship (Cathedral)
9:00 am – 10:15 am     Panel: A Vision for Equitable, High Quality Public Education and Why It Matters (Cathedral)
10:30 am – 11:45 am Morning Workshops (see room locations below)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch &  Conversation with Kelly Brown Douglas (Satterlee Hall)
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Afternoon Workshops (see room locations below)
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Panel: How the Church is Responding and Making a Difference (Cathedral)
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Optional small reflection groups (rooms tbd)
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Dinner (Satterlee Hall)
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Keynote: The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers (Cathedral)

Thursday January 18

8:00 am – 8:20 am Coffee & light breakfast (Satterlee Hall)
8:30 am – 11:15 am     Open Space Technology & Conference Evaluation (Satterlee Hall)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Worship  (Cathedral)


Morning Workshops:

Advocacy for Education Equity 101 – Jenkins (Seibels Chapel) REPEATS

Closing the Achievement Gap Begins with Experiences from Birth to Five – Jackson (Cathedral Conference Rm)
Faith-based Community Organizing for Education Equity – Gilchrist (Keenan Chapel)
Understanding and Overcoming Unconscious Biases – Cody (Room 222)

School Segregation 64 years after Brown v Board of Education – Siegel-Hawley (Room 114)
The Little Church that Could – Sanders, Dogan & Parker (Stirling)

Understanding Childhood Adversity – Porter & Gerald (Satterlee)


Afternoon Workshops:

Advocacy for Education Equity 101 – Jenkins (Seibels Chapel) REPEATS

Naming Whiteness in Community – Lee (Room 114)
How Congregations Can Use Community Organizing to Move from Charity to Justice – Steinhauser (Cathedral Conference Rm)
Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ Public Education Initiative – O’Bryon, et. al. (Keenan Chapel)
Telling Your Story—Using Data: “Five Loaves, Two Fish” – Black & Martin (Stirling)
Building School Systems that Support Healing Relationships – Jackson (Satterlee)


Keynote Speakers:


As we prepare to gather this week it is with disappointment and healing prayers that we announce that Presiding Bishop Curry will not be able to be with us on Wednesday due to illness. We wish him a swift recovery and we’re grateful to him for his support of our conference.

We are happy to say the The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, The Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation, will join us as Keynote Speaker on Wednesday evening at Trinity Cathedral. We are excited for her to bring her distinct and important voice to this event.

New Information: Wednesday Evening Keynote Address

The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers
Wednesday 1/17/18
Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, SC

We are looking forward for this opportunity to learn together, foster community, and act on dreams of equity and justice for all.

We will not be issuing refunds for this event, and it will be held as scheduled. If you purchased a ticket, it still entitles you to attend both the Tuesday and Wednesday evening keynote addresses. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@allourchildren.org.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (www.rosesinconcrete.org), the Teaching Excellence Network (www.10teaching.org) and the Community Responsive Education Group (www.communityresponsive.org). As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland for the past 24 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world and has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. In 2015, Duncan-Andrade was tapped to be a Commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) and in 2016 was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama. Duncan-Andrade has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings for the past three years.

Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand.  His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders and school district officials to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students.  Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.

Featured Guest:


The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is the inaugural Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral.

A leading voice in the development of a womanist theology, Dr. Douglas is widely published in national and international journals and other publications. Her latest book, Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God (2015) examines the deep roots of “Stand Your Ground” culture in America and the challenges it brings for the Black Church community. Other books include The Black Christ (1994), Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective (1999), What’s Faith Got to Do With It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls (2005), and Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant (2012) which seeks to move the black church beyond its oppressive views toward LGBT bodies and sexuality in general.

Plenary Panels:

A Vision for Equitable, High Quality Public Education and Why It Matters
Moderated by: Caroline Mauldin

  • Kenita Williams – Director, Racial Equity Leadership Network, Southern Education Foundation
  • Dr. Genevieve Siegal-Hawley – Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • The Rev Liz Steinhauser – Director, St Stephens Youth Porgrams, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Boston

 Lunchtime Conversation – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas

How the Church is Responding & Making a Difference
Moderated by: Rev. Susan Heath

  • The Rev. Kimberly Hyatt – President & CEO, Cathedral Arts Project, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Jacksonville
  • The Rt. Rev R. William Franklin – Bishop, Diocese of Western New York
  • Jackie Dupont-Walker – Director, Social Action Commission, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Selected Workshops:

The Little Church that Could: Naming and Claiming our Strengths & Resources for School Partnerships
Led by: Ansel Sanders, President & CEO – Public Education Partners & Sean Dogan, Pastor – Long Branch Baptist Church

In this workshop, we will explore church-school partnerships for education equity within participants’ own context. We will begin with an overview of the history of church engagement in social justice endeavors and use this as a backdrop to identify our own church’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in seeking to build partnerships with public schools. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of “where to start” in their communities and how to build a network of others wrestling with similar challenges/opportunities.

Moving from Charity to Justice
Led by: Rev. Liz Steinhauser

Understanding Childhood Adversity: Implications for Educational Systems and Outcomes
Led by: Lee Porter, Chief Program Officer, Children’s Trust of South Carolina

The goal of this workshop is to help participants understand ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), their impact on a child’s ability to learn in the school setting, and how ACES can impact the larger educational system.

Closing the Achievement Gap Begins with Experiences from Birth to Five
Led by: Cynthia Jackson, Senior Vice President – Ounce of Prevention Fund Director, Educare Learning Network

Readiness to succeed in school is rooted in experiences that take place long before a child enters kindergarten. Recognizing this, many public schools are now providing early learning and family support centers. Learn how the early experiences and strong bonds babies develop with caring adults literally help build their brains. Explore why young children need both cognitive and social skills to enter school with the confidence, motivation, persistence and curiosity to be successful learners. Discuss helping parents recognize and build their strengths as first teachers and advocates for their children. Take home resources to use in your community.

Advocacy for Education Equity 101
Led by: Aaron Jenkins – The Expectations Project

Faith-based community organizing for education equity
Led by: Kayla Gilchrist – Lead Organizer, Central Midlands Justice Ministry (DART)

Telling Your Story—Using Data: “Five loaves, Two Fish”
Led by: Professor Derek W. Black – University of South Carolina & Professor Marion Martin, Furman University

What’s the story of “education equity” in your public schools? This workshop will identify the basic metrics you might use and where to find the data. Marion Martin, Furman University chemistry professor, who attended Richland County, South Carolina public schools, will facilitate the workshop. Derek W. Black, University of South Carolina law professor, will explore the “education equity” data in Richland County. How might Marion’s experience compare with Professor Black’s data? Come; see!

School Segregation 64 years after Brown
Led by: Genevieve Siegel Hawley – Associate professor, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University

Carrying Whiteness into Other Spaces
Led by: Morgan Lee, Chief Learning Leader – Leading Up, LLC

Explore with one another the challenges and beauty of carrying whiteness into the world and what it might mean for your own work within schools and churches. You will hear stories of how school leaders are exposed to race, ethnicity and culture and what that same work might mean for your work in schools and faith communities. A space will be built to begin discussions on the biases we carry, invisible privilege and how institutional racism within school structures might help to better inform your work. Learn to begin to work from a place of humility.

Understanding and Overcoming Unconscious Biases that Become Barriers to Opportunity
Led by: Daphne Cody – Kaleidoscope Institute certified trainer & Rector, St. Elisabeth’s Episcopal Church, Glencoe IL

No matter how well intentioned we are, everyone carries unconscious biases and associations that affect our attitudes and responses to others based on characteristics such as age, gender, race, ethnicity and appearance. These associations develop over a lifetime from our earliest experiences through both direct and indirect messages. This workshop will provide tools and experiences that can help us both identify and overcome some of these biases so that we can better understand the strengths, needs and values of others and build relationships and systems of respect and mutuality.

Building school systems that support healing relationships
Led by: Zakiya Jackson – The Expectations Project





  • Workshop titles and presenters subject to change

This event would not be possible without support from the following organizations: