Racial Equity & Justice

Goal: Our goal is to encourage educators to engage in courageous conversations about race and equity with each other and their students by providing both online resources and ongoing professional learning on racial justice for local educators.


Racial Equity & Justice Community of Practice

Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6

3:00-5:00 pm

Free, Virtual

Are you looking for ways to become more equitable in your teaching practices? The Santa Cruz COE is pleased to offer educators our second Racial Equity and Justice Community of Practice for the 21-22 school year. The CoP starts September 10th and will meet for eight small group, active-learning sessions over the course of the year.


Santa Cruz County Ethnic Studies Lecture Series

Oct 5, Dec 7, Feb 1, Apr 12, Jun 7

4:00-5:30 pm

Free, Virtual

The Santa Cruz COE is partnering with a team of Ethnic Studies experts to deliver a five session lecture series during the 2021-2022 academic year to enrich and deepen local educator knowledge of Ethnic Studies curriculum. The series will include lesson planning examples and ideas.


Race & Equity Affinity Action Groups

Oct 5, Nov 2, Jan 26, Mar 9

4:00-5:30 pm


Join teachers from across the county to connect, reflect, share, and learn from each other on our journey in becoming antiracist educators. Teachers or all experiences welcome! This event is hosted by the SC/SV New Teacher Project but participation in NTP is not required to attend.


Coaching for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Series 1: July 26, July 28

8:00-10:00 am

Virtual, $100

Series 2: Sept 22, Sept 24

8:00-10:00 am

Virtual, $100

Series 3: Oct 20, Oct 22

8:00-10:00 am

Virtual, $100

SC/SV NTP is pleased to offer initial and ongoing training in coaching for culturally responsive mindsets and pedagogy anchored in Zaretta Hammond's book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain.

Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches and Administrators

Santa Cruz County Grading Inquiry Project

First Meeting: Sept 20

8:00-9:00 am

Virtual, Free

Make time to learn from local and regional colleagues implementing grading changes in their schools, and learn from recent research. These meetings are an opportunity to collaborate and problem solve in order to improve grading & instructional practices. To learn more and join the project, please contact Cristine Chopra, cchopra@santacruzcoe.org.



Please contact Debi Bodenheimer, Associate Superintendent.