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Fri, Oct 18


San Luis Coastal Unified School District

Regional Professional Development Series: Institute for Equity, Resilience, & Healing

While the work of this institute will provide a deeper focus on racial healing, white dominant culture, and white fragility, all of the skills we will engage in can be applied to serve all marginalized groups.

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Regional Professional Development Series: Institute for Equity, Resilience, & Healing
Regional Professional Development Series: Institute for Equity, Resilience, & Healing

Time & Location

Oct 18, 2019, 8:30 AM

San Luis Coastal Unified School District, 1500 Lizzie St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA

About the Event

Registration is closed for this event.

National expert educators and equity leaders, Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein & Supt. Itoco Garcia are proud to partner with Rick Mayfield, Equity Administrator of San Luis Coastal to collaborate in a unique, new, professional development experience designed to build your cultural proficiency and equity leadership capacity to disrupt systems of inequity so that we can achieve better outcomes for the students and families we serve. This institute is a coherent series designed for educators of all levels, board members, and community leaders to come together and forge new belief systems and create new skill sets to be better leaders, advocates, and allies in the work of educational equity and properly and fully serve the diverse needs of our communities.

While the work of this institute will provide a deeper focus on racial healing, white dominant culture, and white fragility, all of the skills we will engage in can be applied to serve all marginalized groups. This means we will explore not only race, but we will also delve into gender, LGBTQ, disabilities, religion, and language. Further, addressing the work of equity to be most pro-active and systemically transformational, we must address some of the greatest barriers to being leaders of equity: our own fears, beliefs, and ways of being that prevent us from being more resilient and healing from our educational trauma in our systems.

Every session is highly interactive and transformational. We will also learn and conduct Equity Walk where we visit classrooms to apply the learnings of our improved equity lens. There are numerous supplemental readings and we will also utilize The Racial Healing Handbook as a key text to explore together.

Monthly Sessions: 830 AM - 3:00 PM

Sept 20, Oct 18, Dec 6, Jan 10 , Feb 21, March 20, April 24

Investment: $850/participant (teams of 4 priced at $3,000)


  • The Racial Healing Handbook.
  • Complete binder of materials & tools
  • Optional monthly web-based check-in, coaching & support calls
  • Thought-partnership from Institute experts
  • Breakfast & Lunch

About Your Institute Facilitators:

Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein is an innovative visionary, healer, and award-winning educator whose career in education began over 25 years ago. From her lived experience and over 17 years as an urban high school principal, Tovi teaches on what the future of successful, resilient leadership will require: courage, connection, and consciousness of emotional intelligence. Continuing to nurture her love of growth and development for herself, leaders, and others, Tovi received her Certified Integral Coach designation by New Ventures West. She uses the methodology of integral coaching in her professional work focusing on leadership and lifestyle strategies that result in the transformation of mindsets and ways-of-being to positively impact our work as leaders. Recently, Tovi was trained personally by Dr. Brené Brown in her first cohort, March 2019. Tovi is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator creating opportunities to develop these courage-building skills through workshops, training, and coaching with individuals, teams, and organizations as they move from armored leadership to daring leadership.

As a certified Search Inside Yourself teacher with over 25 years of mindfulness experience and practice, Tovi is dedicated to bringing mindful leadership to the leaders in our schools and educational system all over the nation. SIYLI is a best in class and globally recognized program and network that blends evidence-based mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and neuroscience to awaken the best in people and organizations. Tovi has committed her next body of educational leadership to cultivating the emotional intelligence in others.

Further, Tovi was ACSA’s State Equity Region 6 representative and founding co-director of the Equity Leaders Academy. Tovi speaks nationally, serves as adjunct professor at Mills College Department of Education, teaching equity and creating trauma-sensitive schools and environments, and is the National Board President of Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully.

Itoco Garcia Ed.D. Superintendent Sausalito Marin City School District / Co-Executive Director HipHop Scholastics

Dr. Garcia has been a transformative professional educator for 20 years in some of the most challenged schools in the Bay Area, and has dedicated his life and career to achieving educational equity for all students traditionally failed by our public school system. He spent 12 years as a teacher and instructional coach, and 6 years as a middle school and elementary school administrator in Oakland and Hayward. He spent the last two years as an Educational Consultant working across eight school districts in California and Nevada focused on the development of systems and structures to support school transformation and focused on developing equity mindsets and heartsets amongst school and district administrators. He is a member of the National TurnAround Arts Equity Committee, the Principal Leadership Institute Equity Advisory Committee, and the Alameda County Arts Integrated Principal Leadership Network He is currently serving as the Sausalito Marin City School District Superintendent and the Co-Executive Director of HIpHop Scholastics. He offers expertise in the areas of: English Language Learners, Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining Teaching and Learning, School Climate (PBIS & Restorative Justice), School Transformation, Community Schools Development, Community Engagement, HipHop Education, Adult Learning, Equity and Social Justice Teaching and Learning, Trauma-Informed Practices, Stress Resilience, and Mindfulness.

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