Equity in Learning Design Workshop

The Equity in Learning Initiative of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning seeks to leverage decades of educational scholarship in race, inequality, and language in pursuit of more effective and equitable learning solutions.

Event details

Wednesday, May 31st 2023
08:30 AM—05:30 PM PST
LocationOld Union Clubhouse: 524 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA
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The Equity in Learning Design Workshop brought together researchers, community-based organizations, school leaders, and foundations to brainstorm a new vision for partnerships between researchers and the communities they serve, in order to drive solutions that are not only effective, but also equitable, diverse, and responsive to the needs of all learners.

Crafted in collaboration with the Stanford, the workshop created an intentional space for participants to listen, learn, connect and generate ideas for collaborations. A third of the participants were leaders of community organizations, a third represented foundations, and another third were Stanford faculty, staff, and students.

“Leadership is there in the people. You don’t have to worry about where your leaders are, how are we going to get some leaders . . . If you go out and work with your people, then the leadership will emerge.”

— Bob Moses, education visionary and civil rights activist

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8:30 am
Breakfast and Gallery Walk

Registration. Check-in. Say hello. Grab a bite.

9:15 am

Workshop facilitator sam seidel, K12 Lab Director of Strategy + Research at the Stanford and co-author of Creative Hustle leads a “get-to-know-you” activity.

9:45 am

Karega Bailey and Sol Development offer an invocation to community practice.

10:00 am
The Dean's Welcome

Daniel Schwartz
I. James Quillen Dean, Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Educational Technology and, The Halper Family Faculty Director of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning at the Stanford Graduate School of Education 

10:15 am
Vision for Equity in Learning Initiative

Bryan Brown, Professor of Education
Farzana Saleem, Assistant Professor of Education

Bryan and Farzana offer a new paradigm for community partnerships:

  • Old Model: Idea>Funding>Research>Share
  • New Model: Let’s co-create
10:30 am
Co-designing and Accelerating Collaboration Spaces: Finding gold in the gray spaces

Facilitated small groups surface and elevate challenges, and unearth where research and practice can address both need and opportunity.

11:30 am
12:30 pm
Lightning Talks Flipped: Insights from Community Organizations

Moderator: Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Emerita; Founder & Director, English Together


The Afterschool Space: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Chris Chatmon, CEO and Co-Founder of Kingmakers of Oakland

Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline:
Randy Seriguchi, Jr., Executive Director, Urban Ed Academy

Immigrant Experiences:
Adriana Solís-López, Chief Development Officer, Latinos for Education

Multilingual Realities:
Christina Wong
, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District



1:30 pm
1:40 pm
Research Talks Flipped: Challenges in Educational Equity

Moderator: Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Emerita; Founder & Director, English Together


Philip Fisher, Excellence in Learning Professor

Tomás Jiménez, Professor, Department of Sociology

Ramón Antonio Martínez, Associate Professor of Education

Mental Health:
Farzana Saleem
, Assistant Professor of Education



2:40 pm
Working Session: Together, what can we do?

Break into facilitated small group discussions and explore:

  • What can I or my organization bring to address this opportunity area?
  • What are the potential challenges to cross-sector and cross-role collaborations? How might they apply to this opportunity area?
  • What are the potential benefits to collaboration between researchers and practitioners? How might they apply to this opportunity area?


3:30 pm
BREAK: Transition to Denning House, 580 Lomita Drive

Get some fresh air and head to the Denning House Dining Room:

Denning House
580 Lomita Drive
Stanford, CA

A six-minute walk, or a three-minute golf cart ride from the Old Union Clubhouse

3:45 pm
Closing Keynote and Conversation: Reflections on the legacy of Bob Moses

Moderator: Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, Emeritus

Maisha Moses
Executive Director, The Young People’s Project

Omowale Moses
CEO & Founder, MathTalk


4:30 pm
Closing Remarks & Reception

Isabelle Hau
Executive Director, Stanford Accelerator for Learning

For disability-related accommodations, please contact the Diversity & Access Office by May 22 by calling 650.725.0326 or emailing

Parking has been reserved for participants in the Tressider Parking Lot, a link to register will be sent to confirmed participants by May 17.

Questions? Email Holly Materman at