Connect To Create Change

ClassLink is an ally to those working to address equity in education. We understand providing leaders with opportunities to share experiences and insights can lead to growth and change. In hosting this event, we aim to bring equity leaders together to broaden these powerful conversations.


Thursday, December 9, 2021
9:00AM–3:30PM EST
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Steelcase WorkLife Center
1000 F St. N.W. #1000
Washington, DC 20004
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Let’s Learn From Each Other

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Meet other equity leaders and broaden the diversity, equity, and inclusion conversation by sharing your diverse experiences.

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Gather Insights

Explore the experiences of others focused on equity so you can expand your understanding and look at equity efforts in a new light.

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Highlight Best Practices

Learn about the powerful practices of other DEI leaders while also sharing your equity successes for others to grow and adapt.

Featured Speakers

Dewayne McClary

Dewayne is a visionary and strategic leader with expertise in continually refining and advancing organizations. He currently serves as Director of the League of Innovative Schools for Digital Promise.

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Dewayne McClary

Director, League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

Kennetra N. Wood

Kennetra is Executive Director of Equity and Alternative Programs at Alexandria City Public Schools, VA, where her role includes spearheading the district’s program to teach racial justice to students.

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Kennetra N. Wood

Executive Director of Equity and Alternative Programs

Alexandria City Public Schools

Dr. Ricki Gibbs

Ricki is the principal at Warner Arts Magnet Elementary in Metro Nashville Public Schools. His exceptional efforts to desegregate and transform the culture at his school were chronicled in the Peabody award-winning podcast The Promise.

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Dr. Ricki Gibbs


Metro Nashville Public Schools

Holden Kraus

Holden is an educator and LGBTQ activist. He is a certified facilitator for GLSEN, a national network of educators, students, and local chapters working to ensure that every student has a safe and supportive school where they can learn.

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Holden Kraus

Instructional Coach

Kansas City Schools

Dr. Maria Joie Austria

Maria is the Director of Curriculum, Strategy and School Supports at Washington DC Public Schools. For over 25 years she has focused her teaching and research on educating English Language Learners and advocating for their families and communities.

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Dr. Maria Joie Austria

Director of Curriculum, Strategy and School Supports

Washington DC Public Schools

Dr. Aaron Jennings

Aaron is Chief of DEI at Chelsea Public Schools, MA. He leads capacity building for schools and departments to develop and consistently implement equitable and inclusive policies and practices across the school district.

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Dr. Aaron T. Jennings

Chief of DEI

Chelsea Public Schools

Register for the Equity & Inclusion Leadership Summit!

*Please register with your school email address. This event is invitation-only due to limited space. There is no cost to attend.