Curriculum Leadership Development Network

Curriculum Leadership Development Network

3 Powerful Days of Learning at 1 Low Price

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February 23, 2022

Yvette Jackson  

The Emancipation of Excellence: Actualizing

Equity Consciousness Through the Pedagogy of Confidence 

Live Online


5 PD hours


The Pedagogy of Confidence Leadership Action Guide focuses on moving equity talk into equity walk with equity consciousness for student engagement — for all students. This begins with the teachers and school leadership: believing in the innate potential of each and every student for high intellectual performances and contribution; recognizing and eliminating practices that are barriers to students’ potential thriving and flourishing, and committing to providing the pedagogy to elicit and cultivate that potential.


Yvette Jackson, Ed.D. is internationally recognized for her work in assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students. Changing this reality for these students to one in which their intellectual potential is believed in, valued, and optimized has been Yvette’s calling for her entire career. She has applied her research in neuroscience, gifted education, literacy, and the cognitive mediation theory of Dr. Reuven Feuerstein to develop integrated processes that engage and elicit high intellectual performances from underachievers. She designed the New York City Board of Education’s Gifted Programs Framework while serving as Director of Gifted Programs. As New York City’s Executive Director of Instruction and Professional Development, she led the creation and implementation of the Comprehensive Education Plan, which maximizes the delivery of all core curriculum and support services in the Public Schools of New York City.


April 20, 2022

Zaretta Hammond  

Promoting Authentic Engagement and Deep Learning

Through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Live, In-person or Online


4 PD Hours or AA Credit  


In our pursuit of equity, we have to build our skill and capacity to help the most vulnerable students succeed, who are disproportionately racially and linguistically diverse. To achieve true equity, we have to do more than raise their test scores. We have to help them grow as learners. Culturally responsive pedagogy is uniquely positioned to help us leverage their funds of knowledge to accelerate their learning.


Many states have added cultural responsiveness to standards for the teaching profession. Yet, many districts struggle to bring authentic and effective culturally responsive practices into their curriculum and instruction beyond superficial efforts to celebrate different cultures through “food, fabric, and festivals.”


In this interactive session, educator and best-selling author, Zaretta Hammond, will bust myths about culturally responsive practice and share foundational practices from her book, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Teaching (Corwin, 2015).


Session Outcomes:

  • Understand the real purpose behind the culturally responsive practice and correct common myths and misconceptions about culturally responsive teaching
  • Build your own unique CRT blueprint for creating a culture of deep learning and belonging using culture
  • Learn the 6 core design principles of culturally responsive teaching and the 4 core culturally responsive instructional practices
  • Explore 3 ways to make your curriculum more culturally responsive beyond social justice themes


May 11, 2022

Dominique Smith

All Learning Is Social and Emotional

Live, In-person or online


5 PD Hours  



Along with a toolbox of strategies for addressing 33 essential competencies, you'll find real-life examples highlighting the many opportunities for social and emotional learning within the K–12 academic curriculum. Learn to use this Integrated SEL approach to help your students build essential skills that will serve them in the classroom and throughout their lives. 


Building students' sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn, overcome challenges, and influence the world around them. Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses.  Promoting the cognitive regulation skills critical to decision making and problem-solving. Fostering students' social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and their ability to establish and repair relationships. Equipping students to become informed and involved citizens.