WAESN 4th Annual Assembly on Organizing for Ethnic Studies

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

10:00 am – 4:00 pm, PST

via Zoom

Join us for our FOURTH assembly that brings together activists and organizers whose mission it is to create anti-racist, liberatory spaces in K-12 education that holds space for ethnic studies!

This event is free and open to the public of all ages. Donations are appreciated, but not expected. All donations will help fund our state-level advocacy in Washington State and other non-fee-based activities we host throughout the year.

This year we’re excited to welcome Stephanie Gallardo, Candidate for WA District 9 U.S. House of Representatives, as our morning keynote speaker.

Make sure you nominate a candidate for WAESN’s first, ever Ethnic Studies Educator of the Year! This is open to any educator at any level regardless of role or certification status.

Confirmed Workshops

Union Organizing and White Supremacy with Charlotte Lartey and Shawna Moore

Charlotte Lartey

 I am a proud Black and openly queer woman. I am someone who will speak out against racial and social injustice and I have a fighting spirit when it comes to uprooting white supremacy culture from its foundation in our educational systems. I recognize this work is hard, and it is unrelenting, but as we serve in the educational system, we have a due diligence to fight for justice for ourselves, and for our communities. I find my fuel by empowering the future generation, I truly believe that hope can always be found in our youth, and ultimately, this work is for them.

Through WEA, I was elected to serve on the Riverside Equity Committee, I am Co-Chair of the Riverside Political Action Committee (PAC), and I serve on the Early Career Educators Committee (ECE). I was born and raised in Provo, Utah and I currently live in Vancouver, WA with my three dogs.

Shawna Moore

Shawna Moore is a dedicated educator of 20 years.  Her passion is ensuring all students have a caring adult they can rely on in their educational setting, as well as educating professionals about the power of relationships and human connection. She is currently teaching 8th grade Health at Chinook Middle School in Seatac, Washington. She is an athletic coach of Track and Volleyball, peer mentor for her building and the Highline School District. She is a WEA Culturally Responsive Trainer, Cadre lead for FCS 01 and 06 for ESP’s, as well as Core Lead team member of RECN (Rainier Educators of Color Network).  Prior to teaching Shawna spent 22 years in the Navy supporting and defending our country. Her motto is…You only have two jobs in this lifetime, inspire someone to be better than yourself and leave the better than it was given to you. Shawna double majored in her bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, as well as a double major in her Master’s in Master Teaching and Curriculum Development. In addition, she is endorsed in Fitness and Health.

Entering Ethnic Studies Leadership; Opportunities and Pitfalls with Amanda Hubbard and Dr. Kyle Kinoshita

Amanda Hubbard

Amanda is WAESN Board President and co-founder. She is a K-5 multilingual learner specialist in Seattle Public Schools and serves on the district’s Ethnic Studies Steering Committee. She was also a member of the Washington State OSPI Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee who wrote the state’s ethnic studies framework.

Kyle Kinoshita

Dr. Kyle Kinoshita (he/him) is former Chief of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for Seattle Public Schools. While in Seattle, Dr. Kinoshita helped build collaboration around the development of ethnic studies. Dr. Kinoshita also served as an executive director, principal and teacher in Marysville, Edmonds, Highline, Shoreline and Seattle.  He is currently core faculty in the Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE) principal preparation program at the University of Washington-Bothell.  His graduate work centered on racial equity and educational leadership and his undergraduate degree is in ethnic studies.  He grew up on south Beacon Hill in Seattle and is a product of Seattle Public Schools.

Organizing for Ethnic Studies as a White Educator with Tess Williams, Jeff Stone, and Jon Greenberg

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is an aspiring ethnic studies educator at Cleveland High School and formally at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. Tess received her Masters in Teaching from Seattle University where she was fortunate to have the great Jon Greenberg as a teacher mentor, who included her in much of the early ethnic studies advocacy work in Seattle. Tess has been grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with so many great ethnic studies educators in Seattle through her time on the Ethnic Studies Advisory Board  and now with WAESN.

Jeff Stone

Jeff (he/him white) is a local educator-activist-researcher for ethnic studies. Through his work in the Edmonds School District, WAESN, and the University of Washington as a doctoral student, Jeff strives to work alongside students and communities to implement ethnic studies into suburban school systems.

Jon Greenberg

Jon Greenberg (he/him, white) is an aspiring ethnic studies educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. He’s co-founder of the WA NAACP Youth Council and Washington Ethnic Studies Now. Follow the WA NAACP Youth Council: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Peace Circle for Racial Healing; BIPOC Community Time with Fernell Miller

Fernell Miller

Fernell Miller is the founder and CEO of The Root Of Us LLC, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultancy that collaborates with educational, governmental, and nonprofits organizations in service of racial healing and social justice; with a focus on Youth Advocacy and Youth Empowerment that is committed to building strong communities.

Fernell is a Racial Educator,  Circle Keeper, Keynote, Coach and Mentor. Specializing in Educational Equity, Identity Development, Anti-Racism/Anti-Blackness Education, Racial Literacy and Affirmation. She facilitates Peace Circles for Racial Healing, Workshops and Trainings, Community Events and Panel Discussions on Race/ism/Systemic Racism with Organizations, Companies, Community Members and Youth, in order to build strong, equitable, inclusive communities of practice. Fernell has also served for 40 years in the public school system as a Physical Educator, Coach and Mentor.

The Root of Us is the parent organization of The Root Of Our Youth [Elem – College] a youth advocacy, research and implementation organization that practices Racial, Social and Educational Justice. Our intergenerational approaches are rooted in trauma informed, healing-centered practices that foster structures by which students and families make policies that impact their day-to-day experiences. 

You Have an Ethnic Studies Resolution. Now What? with Melissa Riley

Melissa Riley (she/her) is currently the Assistant Director of Equity Pedagogy in the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department in the Northshore School District. In this role, she is charged with leading the implementation of Northshore’s first P-12 Ethnic Studies Framework and first Ethnic Studies course for each high school. She has been co-facilitating an Ethnic Studies Pilot work team over the last two years, composed of staff, students, family, and community members. Melissa sees Ethnic Studies as one essential way school districts can be answerable to each student and truly engage in liberatory practices for just futures.