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REL Midwest Event: Confronting bias and building trust: Strategies to create inclusive environments for Black teachers
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December 2, 2020

Time: 3:00–4:15 p.m. Central Time

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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Description: This Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest webinar will showcase how retaining Black teachers is a high-leverage strategy for improving student outcomes, particularly for Black students. During the webinar, researchers will present research on the importance and challenges of retaining Black teachers, as well as evidence-based strategies that can increase retention rates for Black teachers and potentially improve educational outcomes among Black students. Practitioners will share real-life examples and concrete strategies that educators can implement to create inclusive and antiracist work environments and improve retention rates among Black teachers within their school and/or district.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance (MAGRA)

Audience: This webinar is designed for teachers, school leaders, and district leaders who are involved in efforts to retain Black teachers.


  • Jameela Conway-Turner, PhD, researcher, REL Midwest
  • Kyle Fagan, PhD, researcher, REL Midwest
  • Curtis Jones, PhD, director, Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education, and co-director, Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Research Partnership, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Katharine Rainey, director, Educator Development and Support, and co-director, Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Research Partnership, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Kyron Harvell, STAR Project director, Office of School Culture, Lansing School District
  • Sharif El-Mekki, CEO, Center for Black Educator Development, and REL Mid-Atlantic Governing Board member
  • Marlo A. Reeves, PhD, Senior Research/Evaluation Associate, Office of Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Report Citation: Jones, C. J. (2019). Race, relational trust, and teacher retention in Wisconsin schools. Milwaukee, WI: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Retrieved from

Sara Mitrano
(202) 403-6834
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