The Future Of Learning Is Now!: Anti-bias Teaching

CAIS Commission on School Growth & Collaboration
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When : July 29, 2021
Where : online
Topics : Anti-bias Teaching
Cost : CAIS Members: $35 per person / Non-Members: $50 per person


WHEN: Thursday, July 29 | 9AM – 12:45 PM (online)

WHAT: A half-day, solutions-based conference that gives teachers practical skills to engage in anti-bias work in the classroom.


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. – Welcome and Opening Keynote with Liz Kleinrock

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions I (Choose one)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. – Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions II (Choose one)

12:20 – 12:45 p.m. – Wrap-up with Liz Kleinrock

KEYNOTE — Liz Kleinrock: Building Foundations for Anti-bias and Antiracist Practices


David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris Dismantling White Supremacy Culture in the Classroom with Restorative Justice Practices

Learn both how to identify how White Supremacy Culture shows up and causes harm in the classroom and the Restorative Justice antidotes to build classroom community and repair harm.
Vivian Tisi Rethinking Universal Design for Neurodivergent Learners
Skye Tooley & Ace Schwarz Supporting Gender Expansive and LGBTQ+ Students in the Classroom

Skye and Ace will break down common vocabulary around gender identity and personal pronouns. They will share strategies and tools to help create more LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms.

Liz Kleinrock (she/her) is an anti-bias and anti-racist educator of both children and adults, and creates curriculum for K-12 students, specializing in designing inquiry based units of study. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher, Liz also works with schools and companies throughout the United States to develop workshops for adults that support antibias and antiracist practices that fit the needs of different communities. In 2018, Liz received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and her lessons on teaching consent and personal boundaries to students have gained international media attention. Liz is proud to share her 2019 TED Talk, “How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics”,, and her first book, Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community with Heinemann Publishing.


David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris (all five names for the ancestors) is the son of Bien & DP, grandson of Ruth & Yolando and Ruth & Jesse. As the Founder of Amplify RJ and host of “This Restorative Justice Life” podcast,  he shares the philosophy, practices, and values of Restorative Justice as antidotes to white supremacy culture.  Now living in “Los Angelish” with his wife Wendy, he leans on the training from his elders and his experiences doing Restorative Justice work in Chicago schools, community, and criminal legal settings to share knowledge and create experiences that help folks across the world understand Restorative Justice as a relationship centered-way of being, not merely a program for addressing harm.


 Ace Schwarz (they/them/theirs) is a trans/non-binary educator living in Pennsylvania. They teach middle school science and enjoy incorporating social justice into the science classroom. They use social media to educate and advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms, and they received GLSEN’s Educator of the Year award in 2019 for this work. When not teaching, Ace can be found curled up with their cat, Panther, and a middle grade or YA book.




Vivian Tisi, M.A., CCC-SLP is an autistic Taiwanese-Chinese-Venezuelan-American speech-language pathologist with 5 years of service in the public school system spanning from preschool to age 22 throughout the state of California. She is a clinician- and educator-activist for social justice issues within the speech-language science and education spheres, is a co-founder of SLPs of Color, an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University, a topic-area expert for anti-bias and cultural-linguistic diversity for The Informed SLP,  consults with various speech therapy and education organizations and professionals on their practices, and is a doctoral student at Northwestern University.


Skye Tooley (they/them) is a trans/nonbinary, anti-bias and social justice educator in Los Angeles, California. For the last seven years, Skye has worked to recreate elementary curriculum with a social justice focus and have worked to actively engage their learners in lessons around identity, diversity, equity, action, and justice. Skye is currently teaching 5th grade and working closely with their friend Ace Schwarz to create inclusive content on their Patreon: Growing Outside the Binary. When not working, they enjoy hiking, reading an engaging book, and being with their adorable dog Terrance in Los Angeles.

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