Excellence Through Equity Conference Goes Virtual To Address Students’ Needs, Increase Attendee Access

Topics will include facing equity challenges of distance learning, eliminating systemic opportunity gaps for students, and creating a culture of success for students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds 

Excellence Through Equity Virtual Conference 2020 - The Time Is Now

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn best practices for creating equitable school environments and attend 26 virtual sessions! Register online by September 7, 2020

RIVERSIDE – Although the coronavirus pandemic has forced the physical closure of schools, the shift to distance learning will provide a one-time opportunity for educators to attend a virtual conference that sells out months ahead of time every year.

Now in its 7th year, the Excellence Through Equity Conference regularly draws nearly 1,200 change-seeking educators from Riverside County, the state of California, and the nation. For 2020, the conference will be held online for the first time at a reduced price of $125 per person on September 15–17, 2020.

The 2020 Excellence Through Equity Conference content will focus on state priority aligned best practices that should be implemented to create equitable school environments for all learners.

The schedule will offer sessions for school, district, and county level administrators during the early afternoon, and additional sessions for teachers, counselors, and school teams to attend in the late afternoon after completing their day of serving students in virtual classrooms.

“Equity challenges that existed in schools before the pandemic did not disappear when the school doors closed in March. In reality, those inequities continue to express themselves in distance learning. Expanded access to the learning opportunities provided by this conference can change the trajectory of students’ lives and the careers of educators,” said Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Judy D. White. “I encourage all educators to deepen the conversations surrounding equity and access in their schools by taking this unique opportunity to send three staff members to this virtual conference for the traditional expense of one in-person registration.”


Speakers for the 2020 Excellence Through Equity Conference include:

  • Nicole Anderson (@ndanderson) – Education and racial equity consultant
  • Principal Baruti Kafele (@PrincipalKafele) – Author, speaker, and school leadership expert
  • Kathy Obear (The Center for Transformation and Change) – Author, speaker, and consultant
  • Donyall D. Dickey (@DonyallD) – Author, speaker, and nationally recognized authority on curriculum, instruction, organizational development, and administration of schools
  • Abdul-Malik Muhammad (@AkobenLLC) – Author, speaker, and leadership consultant for youth and adults
  • Kimberli K. Breen, MS, CAS, MA (@kimbreenku) – National advisor and consultant focused on improving family-school partnerships
  • Tyrone C. Howard (@TyroneCHoward) – Author, speaker, and professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
  • Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei (@VinniePompei) – Director of Youth Well-Being Program at the Human Rights Campaign

Previous keynote speakers have included: Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Pedro Noguera, Tavis Smiley, Alan Blankenstein, Chris Emdin, Shaun Harper, Bernard Kinsey, Kati Haycock, Michael Bonner, Alberto Carvalho, Gregory Boyle, Remi Adeleke, Steve Perry, Ron Clark, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, and Talithia Williams.

Attendees at the 2019 conference included educators from 49 school districts in California, multiple county offices of education, universities, and representatives from the California Department of Education (CDE).

Registration for the virtual conference includes:

  • Access to all 26 sessions through Zoom
  • Worksheets, presentations, and handouts from presenters
  • Participation in Q & A sessions during the last 30 minutes of each session
  • Virtual swag bag with personalized in-conference equity graphics: Equity Warrior badge, custom Zoom background, and desktop wallpaper to commemorate first virtual conference

For more information, or to register, visit the Excellence Through Equity website.