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Wed 3/14, 2018, 7:00pm
Classrooms in Color: An #EducationSoWhite Workshop
with TED-Ed Innovators Kristin Leong and Marcos Silva
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00PM

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Antioch University, Classroom 226 (Downtown)
2400 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Doors at 6:30PM

For educators everywhere; middle school, high school, and college students; and anyone who believes that LGBTQ teachers and students deserve inclusion not just tolerance—Town Hall and ROLL CALL present a workshop on connecting across cultures in classrooms, in preparation for our #EducationSoWhite event.

Join TED-Ed Innovative Educators and #EducationSoWhite panelists Kristin Leong and Marcos Silva for an interactive conversation about identity and our schools, and get a behind-the-scenes look into how they brought their groundbreaking Innovation Projects to life.

Participants will learn surprising commonalities between classroom experiences in Washington and Texas, and then Leong and Silva will lead participants in reflecting on their own experiences through interactive activities and conversation. The workshop will conclude with actionable strategies for engaging in complex and necessary conversations about who we are and where we come from.

Perks! All workshop participants will receive one free ticket to our #EducationSoWhite event, taking place the next evening (3/15) at Seattle University. Participants will also receive a packet of free resources from Students Rebuild, and may be considered for inclusion in

Marcos Silva, M.Ed. lives and teaches in McAllen, Texas on the US/Mexico border. He is the founder of the South Texas Ideas Festival (, which is a student-led conference that is inspiring young people of the Rio Grande Valley to see their bicultural identity and community as an asset to their leadership potential. When Marcos’ former student Michael Mireles was named one of just 161 Presidential Scholars (out of 3.5 million students), Michael named Marcos as his Presidential Scholar Influential Teacher. Marcos is one of 30 international TED-Ed Innovative Educators of 2017. He is currently serving as his school’s guidance counselor and preparing for the second year of STXi. Marcos identifies as Mexican American and part of the LGBTQ community. He was the first in his family to graduate from college.  

Kristin Leong, M.Ed. is a 2018 Citizen University Fellow and is one of 30 international TED-Ed Innovative Educators of 2017. She is the founder of ROLL CALL (, which is an international portrait and interview project humanizing the gaps in race, gender, and sexual orientation separating students and teachers. Kristin’s TEDx talk on ROLL CALL was the opening presentation at TEDxWWU last year. Kristin is a former middle school Humanities teacher and three-term Washington State Teacher Leader. Her project HALF, which included portraits and interviews with biracial and bicultural Americans from across the country, was nominated for a USA Today Outstanding Academic and Intellectual Endeavor Award. She identifies as biracial (she is half Chinese and half White) and part of the LGBTQ community. She was the first in her family to graduate from college.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.

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