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Instructional Equity – Zaretta Hammond

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  • Instructional Equity - Zaretta Hammond
    April 22, 2021
    9:00 am - 2:30 pm

“Leading for Instructional Equity:

Preparing Now for Post-Pandemic

Academic Acceleration”


April 22, 2021


An Online Interactive Workshop presented

by Zaretta Hammond

Illinois Administrators’ Academy (AA#1901)

Zaretta Hammond is a former classroom English teacher who has been doing instructional design, school coaching, and professional development around the issues of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for the past 18 years.  She teaches as a lecturer at St. Mary’s College’s in Moraga, California.

In addition to consulting and professional development, she has been on staff at national education reform organizations, including the National Equity Project and the former Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC).  She has trained instructional coaches in reading development, especially targeted at students of color and English learners.  She has also designed national seminars such as the three-day Teaching with A Cultural Eye Series for teachers and school leaders. She is regularly invited to present at regional and national conferences. Zaretta is the author of the national best seller, Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students and has authored articles that have appeared in publications such as Phi Delta Kappan. She also writes the popular ready4rigor.com blog.

Along with a focus on culturally responsive teaching, Ms. Hammond has a strong research agenda around literacy, vocabulary development, and equity. She has designed culturally responsive tutor training programs aimed at volunteer reading tutors for a variety of non-profit organizations. She holds a Masters in Secondary English Education and resides with her family in Berkley, CA.


Most of us are anticipating in-person learning or some hybrid mix in the next academic year. What can we do now as leaders coming into an important planning period to build the will, skill, knowledge and capacity to help all students, but those disproportionately impacted due to inequitable access during the pandemic?

During this presentation, Ms. Hammond will share research-based approaches and processes to design school improvement plans and professional learning opportunities that will position schools to recover any learning loss students may have experienced.


Participants will learn:


  • The leader’s role in establishing instructional equity.
  • How to create the right conditions for new practices to thrive.
  • How to make diversity and inclusion possible in ways that are authentic and not just performative.
  • Practices to strengthen the instructional core so that historically marginalized students are not further marginalized from rigorous learning in their classrooms.




9:00-11:30am—Morning Session


12:30-2:30pm—Afternoon Session


Registrants purchasing a copy of Hammond’s book for the added cost of $40 will have the book mailed directly to them prior to the workshop. 










United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 10 people, the 10th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 or email to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at .