Dismantling Systemic Racism
2019 Conference on Race, Education & Success

Friday, April 26, 2019 Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT


Call for Breakout Presenters

The 4th annual conference on Dismantling Systemic Racism, sponsored by the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in collaboration with the SERC Foundation, focuses on ways to support, promote, and develop racial equity in education. The full-day conference supports educators, families, and community leaders who seek to confront racist structures and practices to better serve Connecticut’s students and their families, through advocacy and the development, implementation, and sustainability of innovative, culturally relevant programming.

Systemic racism impedes our students’ outcomes and limits opportunities for success in academics, social development, health, and family engagement. This Call for Presenters is intended to solicit dynamic, thought- provoking presentations that will address possible ways to dismantle systemic racism and create positive change for our students. Proposals are welcome from individuals and groups from any location.

The conference goal is for participation of up to 500 people, with about 50 participants per breakout. Participants may include general and special educators, administrators, students, family members, community members, business leaders, and all who play a role in a child’s life.

Proposals should relate to the conference theme of Race, Education and Success. Special consideration will be given to proposals that highlight student voices or have students as co-presenters. Sessions may be directed at a general audience or a specific population (e.g., elementary educators, high school educators, students, families). Each breakout session will be 90 minutes long.

For proposal consideration, please include the following:

Cover Sheet:

  • Title of Presentation
  • Name(s) of presenter(s), organization, complete mailing address, phone number and email address

Session Description:

  • Maximum 500-word description of presentation content, including format and how the topic relates to the conference theme
  • Intended audience (families, administrators, teachers, others).

Audiovisual Equipment Needed: Please specify.

Please mail proposal to:
ATTN: Heather Dawes
100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 110
Middletown, CT 06457

or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proposal applications must be received by January 18, 2019. All proposals submitted by the due date will be reviewed. The identified contact person will be notified about the acceptance of the proposal by February 4, 2019. If a proposal is accepted, all members of a presenting team will be required to complete an individual conference registration form. Registration fees will be waived for one (1) presenter per session (additional presenters will be charged $95).

For additional information regarding the conference or the proposal process, contact Heather Dawes, Project Specialist, at SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 263, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Nominations: George A. Coleman Excellence in Equity Award

Do you know a leader or advocate in your local school or community organization in Connecticut …
… whose passion and will to support children and families of color is inspiring?
… whose committed and courageous leadership advances equitable outcomes?

The State Education Resource Center, in collaboration with the SERC Foundation, invite you to nominate that person for SERC’s
George A. Coleman
Excellence in Equity Award
SERC created this award to honor and highlight the demonstration of extraordinary acts of commitment and courage to ensure all students, especially students of color and culturally and linguistically diverse students, are valued and respected in their school experience.

Award recipients will be selected based on their steadfast and unwavering action in:

  • Advocating for children and families of color;
  • Galvanizing individuals and coalitions toward equitable action;
  • Taking risks in conversation and action regarding issues of equity for racially, linguistically and culturally diverse groups;
  • Engaging the diverse needs of members  of an education community and reconciling them toward a shared vision; and
  • Furthering the exchange of information that affects thinking and effects conviction on matters of equity.

Nominations of students are encouraged.

Nominators and awardees will be notified no later than March 29, 2019 and invited to attend a recognition award celebration held on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Hartford.  Please submit completed nomination packages to SERC by Friday, February 1, 2019 to the attention of:
Heather Dawes, Project Specialist
SERC – 100 Roscommon Drive, Middletown, CT 06457
or by e-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to receiving your nomination packages.  Should you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Heather at SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 263, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the Call for Nominations form

Who is George A. Coleman?

george coleman George A. Coleman has infused his values of equity and opportunity within all of his roles in Connecticut education. As an administrator at the CT State Department of Education (CSDE), including two appointments as Acting Commissioner, Mr. Coleman continuously advanced the truth that all children can learn. He has refused to accept educational disparities and has made the most of his positions to advocate for the highest opportunities for all students. Mr. Coleman has also been a critical partner with SERC in advancing an educational system that confronts the impact of racism among children of color and their families. In addition to Acting Commissioner, Mr. Coleman’s other roles during his 24-year career at CSDE were Deputy Commissioner, Associate Commissioner, Chief of the Bureau of Curriculum and Teaching, and Chief of the Bureau of Early Childhood Education. Mr. Coleman retired from CSDE in October 2011 and has since joined the Boards of SERC and the SERC Foundation. He is currently a private contractor for Cooperative Educational Services in Trumbull.