Founder & CEO of REthinc
Kate Gerson is a powerful advocate for equity in American institutions. With over 25 years racial equity work and education leadership, Kate has emerged as a thought leader widely respected for her ability to translate research into action and data into comprehensible truths. She built a national reputation leading transformational learning experiences at the Standards Institute where teams of professionals find urgency and information regarding systemic racism in American schools. Read More >
Let's Talk About Race | Kate Gerson
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Talk About Race
In a world so divided around different pedagogical movements and platforms, it is easy to lose sight of our own definition of excellence or rigor in education. Kate will talk to you about your instructional priorities and help enhance everyone’s thinking around the what and how of teaching. She creates safe spaces for educators to check in about their expectations for students and ask themselves whether the environment they provide is sophisticated, challenging and globally competitive for each child.
It is rare now to attend a conference or even a meeting where concerns with “equity” are not raised. This is an exciting and daunting time in which our own role or way forward may be unsure. Kate provides a path into that difficult conversation we all want to have even when we are unsure of how to start or continue. Kate is able to fluidly customize this presentation for companies and communities who are just getting started or for those who are further along on their equity journey. The key question is what do we each do now?
In a culture of wokeness, cancellation, and conflict, we are sometimes hesitant to ask the questions we think we should already know or admit that we’re concerned about moving forward. Too often, conversations about race make intellectual leaps or start in the middle of the conversation. Kate offers a foundational understanding of what DEI work really involves, how to do it in a way that builds community rather than division, and how it can create space for the personal development of each of your staff. There is a way for all of us to move forward together.
For educators seeking to take their “good” schools to “great,” Kate provides concrete pathways for you to move forward with your culture, classrooms, and outcomes. If you are working through new challenges such as changing student populations, changing budgets, or new standards, Kate helps audiences sift through priorities, options, and goals in order to provide classrooms that are alive places thriving with discourse, analysis, and collaboration. As an experienced educator herself and the daughter, stepdaughter, and granddaughter of teachers, she brings a grounded point of view to the real-world challenges we face while aspiring to develop the next generation of learned American citizens.
“Kate is a moving speaker. She has the ability to speak the brutal truths about race, gender, and inequity in a way that is at once vulnerable and direct. Each time I have heard her speak I have been compelled to confront my own privilege and deeply reflect on how to become a better ally.”
“Kate has a way of making her audience just uncomfortable enough that they become willing to learn and or change their practice immediately regardless of their context or politics. Her balance of wit, humor, and humility while focusing on challenging topics full of essential research and data, with relentless urgency demands her audience’s attention and engagement.”
“Kate has a remarkably unique, efficient, and substantive way of vetting to the heart of the matter when it comes to educating our children – all of our children. Her focus on equity, research informed instruction, the necessity of deeply learned content, and high expectations for all students is something that every educator – rural, suburban, and urban awake need to hear.”
“Kate has the unflinching presence and confidence to confront the truth of sensitive topics we shy away from in education. Her talk disrupts paradigms and shifted my practice as an educator.”
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