Making meaningful, lasting change in your school community will require committing to in-depth conversations. AISNE is partnering with the anti-racism education group A Long Talk to create a space for your school leadership team to have those conversations.
This hybrid workshop will take place over three sessions, two virtual and one in-person. Over these sessions, you will unpack uncomfortable truths about historical and current realities in our society, find your voice as an advocate for dismantling racism, and learn how to activate your power to initiate and foster change.
The work of anti-racism runs across all roles within your school community. This experience is designed for everyone working in the school, from your teaching faculty and academic leadership, to your business and Head’s offices, DEI team and Board trustees, and all supporting staff. We recommend registering a group to maximize the impact of this work.
Dates & Venues
This workshop is presented in three parts. Your registration includes access for all portions, as well as access to learning materials and the A Long Talk Community network of events and resources.
- Part 1 | Thursday, October 12, 3:30 – 5:30 PM | Zoom
- Part 2 | Thursday, October 19, 3:30 – 5:30 PM | Zoom
- Part 3 | Wednesday, October 25, 8:30 – 10:30 AM | Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center (Site of AISNE’s 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference)
This experience also requires pre-work, in the form of reviewing videos and articles, which will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the first session.
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Looking to save on registration? This experience is included in AISNE Pro Packs, professional development bundles for Heads of School, DEIB Practitioners, and Board Members.
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About the Program
This program is centered on A Long Talk About The Uncomfortable Truth, an anti-racism activation experience that has been used by many of the nation’s leading education and corporate institutions, including UCLA, Duke, Michigan State, Baltimore City Public Schools, LinkedIn, and Deutsche Bank.
A Long Talk exists to erase racism and dismantle systemic oppression. As school leaders and educators, it is essential that you unpack your existing biases and enter your work mindful of the enormous power you hold to disrupt racism and shape future generations.
From the history of racism in the United States through your own power to dismantle racism in your school, this in-depth workshop is focused on reflective, life-changing conversations where you will be asked to listen, view, and respond in real-time. These conversations will take place in large groups, and smaller breakout spaces.
You will be required to complete pre-work in the form of a multimedia collection of content reflecting the truth about the history of racism in the United States and the impact it continues to have on our society today. Completion of the pre-work serves to provide a common foundational understanding of the issue.
During this workshop, you will focus on three target areas:
- Unpacking Your Truth. Come away able to make connections between our shared American history and our current reality.
- Finding Your Voice. Learn to use the CPR Protocol to challenge racist comments and beliefs.
- Activating Your Activism. Understand the reality that creating a counterculture of anti-racism can only happen through collective, consistent, and courageous acts of identifying and interrupting racism.
Your learning will be supported long after the experience. Your registration also includes the A Long Talk Community. This group of 7,000+ individuals have access to unlimited resources, community events, and networking opportunities with others who have completed this workshop. You will be equipped and encouraged to be Pillars Of Change in your local community. Monthly virtual meetups, with access to the recordings, provide continuous opportunities to educate and organize.
About the Facilitators
Kamal Carter | President, A Long Talk
Kamal Carter is a scientist, an activist, an educator, and a management consultant. Kamal brings more than 25 years of corporate development and growth strategy experience. He has held multiple global leadership positions at leading companies. What he is most proud of is walking away from millions of dollars to serve as a high school chemistry teacher at an inner city school in Atlanta. For more than a decade, Mr. Carter has pioneered innovative strategies in education. He co-wrote a script for a PBS science show in which he also stars in. He has been a National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Fellow and a member of the State of Georgia Superintendent’s Teachers Advisory Council. Kamal graduated from Hampton University with a Biology Pre-Med degree. He turned down two full scholarships to medical school to pursue his passion in business, community development, and science education. Kamal Carter is chairman of the board of Step Ahead Scholars, Inc., a nonprofit he co-founded 10 years ago whose mission is to eradicate college access inequality.
Kyle Williams | Chief Empowerment Officer, A Long Talk
Kyle Williams is a leader. Whether leading his three sons into manhood, leading a community-based elementary school in Washington, D.C., leading the #1 youth basketball program in the country, or leading this incredible team at A Long Talk, he has always been a leader. Raised in Plainfield, NJ, the son of Artie B. and Jocelyn, is a child of Hip Hop and a servant of the community. As a professional educator, Kyle has amassed over 25 years of teaching children and adults alike. Highlighted by his time at the Community Academy Public Charter school where, in 1998, he applied and interviewed to serve as a volunteer and was “coerced” into accepting a provisional teaching position instead. After six short years of service in the classroom and on the school’s leadership team, he would be appointed as the school’s third Academy Leader in 2004. Following his 17-year career at CAPCS, he began working with Discovery Education, helping teachers and school leaders all over the country make the shift to becoming more technology-savvy, 21st-century educators. Change and progress through educational empowerment has always been at the heart of the work he has done. He brings that same focus and energy to the fight for social justice and racial reconciliation as the Chief Empowerment Officer and creator of A Long Talk About The Uncomfortable Truth.
Cancellations and transfer requests must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations received up to 10 days before the start of the event will receive a 100% refund, less a $100 administrative fee. Transfers of registrations from one person to another are permitted up to 3 business days before the start of the event, or the first event of a series of events.
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