Professional Services

Regional Equity Symposia

Service Overview

Illuminate Education’s Regional Equity Symposia are one-day “mini-conferences” consisting of keynote addresses and workshops that focus on key issues of equity and access to education.


  • Equity-Driven Leadership
  • Empowering Underserved Students
  • Equity in the Classroom–Engagement & Instruction
  • The Whole Student

Upcoming Symposia

10/19/18 Los Angeles Equity Symposium – Bell, CA


  • Prepare to lead site and district conversations that improve equity and access for all learners.
  • Ensure equitable outcomes for all students.
  • Improve educational outcomes for underserved students.

What You’ll Leave With

  • Develop greater empathy for underserved populations and better understand their perspectives.
  • Articulate the needs and contributions of underserved populations.
  • Identify implicit biases, institutionalized policies, and/or historical contexts that affect equity work in education.
  • Gain concrete strategies for addressing equity issues.

Learn More

Dr. Gail L. Thompson

Dr. Gail L. Thompson serves as Illuminate’s Executive Director of Equity and is the author of 10 books and numerous articles. She formerly held roles as a secondary school teacher and Endowed Professor of Education. In addition to creating “The Black Men Teaching Program,” she created “The Literacy Club,” an after-school reading incentive program for struggling readers that was implemented it at several schools. Dr. Thompson has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including PBS Television’s “Tony Brown Journal.”


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