What you will learn:

The recent scapegoating of Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic did not come as a surprise for those that are aware of American history, from the Chinese Exclusion Act of the 1800’s to Japanese internment during WW2 to the murder of Vincent Chin in the early 1980’s. The marginalization of Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners will continue until we tell our stories, loud and wide.
However, as Asian Americans, we were taught by our parents to fear authority and never push back on people with power. The Japanese proverb that “a nail that sticks out gets hammered down” likely resonates. However, without speaking our truths and lived experiences, we are going to continue being marginalized in the workplace, in greater American society. We need to tell our stories because no one else is going to do it for us.
This workshop focuses on sharing our stories in an affinity group setting. Using Marshall Ganz’s Public Narrative framework, we will focus on telling our “Story of Self.” We have all made choices that shaped our life’s path— we have all responded to challenges. In our “Story of Self,” we will focus on the choice points, moments in your life when our values became real.

About the instructor:

Dr. Tommy Chang is an education leader who shares his expertise with school districts and educational organizations across the country through his own consulting practice: Leading with Equity & Innovation. Most recently, he served as the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Programs at Great Public Schools Now, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that invest in schools, organizations and initiatives that catalyze excellence in public education.

Dr. Chang has served many roles in public education. He was the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and a local instructional superintendent of the Intensive Support & Innovation Center at the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is former biology teacher and high school principal.

A native of Taiwan who immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age six, Dr. Chang grew up in Los Angeles and holds an Ed.D. from Loyola Marymount University, M.Ed.’s from the Principals Leadership Institute and the Teachers Education Program at the University of California Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Chang is a fearless advocate for educational equity and for fostering safe, welcoming, and sustaining learning environments for all students, including immigrants, LGBTQ youth, and court-involved students. He serves as a senior associate for FourPoint Education Partners and a senior advisor for Whiteboard Advisors. He sits on a number of boards including Families in Schools, Silicon Schools Fund, Leading Educators, and Education Leaders of Color.
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Suggested Length:90 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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