“Speak Up” Training Series

Have you ever been in a situation where someone – a student or an adult – used biased language or stereotypes, and you didn’t know what to say? It’s good to have some responses and strategies planned so that you are prepared when it happens…

Please join us for the first in a series of quarterly, facilitated trainings on preventing and ending identity-based bullying, co-hosted with Round Rock Black Parents and Anti-racists Coming Together.

In this session, participants will learn and practice four ways to speak up when faced with biased language and stereotypes in our schools or community. Attendance is capped at 40 for this session; register here today!

No matter your own background or identity, or whether you’re a new activist or an experienced organizer, we hope this training can help you build relationships as you work to make the wider Round Rock ISD community safer, more welcoming, and inclusive.

About the Facilitators:

Shameika McDade, M. Ed.
Early Literacy Specialist, Round Rock ISD

Currently in her 17th year in Round Rock ISD, Early Literacy Specialist and longtime equity advocate Shameika McDade has authored multiple professional-development courses, including Culturally Responsive Teaching: Awareness of Discretionary Spaces and Equity Audits in the Classroom: Increasing Your Zone of Self-Efficacy.

As an Early Literacy Specialist, Ms. McDade identifies campus inequities via qualitative and quantitative data and directs the implementation of research-based practices to change campus and district systems and outcomes.

Though she frequently collaborates with the Board of Trustees, district administrators, and principals, Ms. McDade’s passion is working alongside students, guardians, and teachers to elevate equity, diversity, and inclusion in Round Rock ISD. 

Sara Freund
Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness Specialist, Austin ISD

Sara Freund is an Antiracist educator and the proud mother of two amazing daughters in Austin, where she has taught students, staff, and families for the past 25+ years. As a critical educator, she provided opportunities for students to reflect on their own identities, explore similarities and differences among people, examine historical contexts from multiple perspectives, learn about people taking action, and identify and disrupt inequities in their community. 

Currently an equity-centered instructional coach and consultant, Ms. Freund supports school district staff and community members to critically self-reflect, seek out multiple perspectives, acknowledge personal biases, examine inequities in education, implement rigorous and culturally responsive teaching practices, question the social constructs around race, power, and privilege, and create identity-safe spaces where students feel seen, heard and valued for being exactly who they are.

Find Sara Freund on Twitter @sarateacher27

Training Details and FAQ’s

Training Date and Time: Sunday, August 6th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Where is the training? Sessions will be held within Round Rock ISD boundaries; the venue address will be provided to registered attendees.

Cost: To allow us to fairly compensate our facilitators, we suggest a $25 donation per attendee. Additional donations are welcome and will be passed on to training facilitators as well.

Is the training in person or online? The first training in the series is an in-person only event. We expect future trainings to have a virtual and/or hybrid component.

Other Questions? Please contact us at info@accessrrisd.org