Developing an Incident Response Framework for Hate Speech in Schools
December 1, 2022
Hate speech in schools throughout the United States is on the rise. In this free webinar, Percy Brown, Director of the FIRST Education Center for Civil Rights in Education will provide examples of hate speech scenarios that have recently occurred throughout the US and then give key details that are important to ensure schools are prepared with an incident response framework. Educators will leave with an understanding of the key components of a framework to develop personalized strategies to address the use of the “N” word and other forms of hate speech by students.
Percy Brown, Jr.
In 2016, Madison365 recognized Percy Brown, Jr. as one of the most influential African- Americans in the state of Wisconsin. Madison365 describes Percy as “one of the great leaders to arise from the south side of Madison.” In 2014 and 2015 respectively, Percy was awarded the Educator of the Year award by the 100 Black Men chapter of Madison, WI. and was the recipient of the Urban League of Greater Madison President’s Rising Star award.
Percy Brown, Jr. comes from a family of civil rights activists that fought for equal rights in the Jim Crow south during the 1950’s and 60’s in Bolivar County Mississippi. His grandfather, Morgan Brown, Jr., was an educator for over 50 years and led most civil rights efforts in Bolivar County. Percy’s father, uncles and aunts were part of the first wave of blacks to desegregate white schools with his aunt Ella being the first of two blacks to integrate Rosedale High School. Percy’s family activism is part of his lineage that he carries into his work as an educational leader.
Percy is currently the Director of Equity and Student Achievement for the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District, Senior Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an adjunct instructor for Edgewood College in the school of education.
Percy is expected to complete his Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Policy from Edgewood University in Madison, WI in May of 2022.
Dr. Rainey Briggs
Listed as one of the 48 Most Influential Black people in the state of Wisconsin 2021 by Madison 365, Dr. Rainey Briggs is a dynamic educator who has served as a cultural liaison, teacher, principal, Director of Elementary Education , and currently serves as the School District Superintendent of Baraboo schools. As an African American boy growing up in poverty, Dr. Briggs quickly learned how to advocate for himself and others and has carried that passion over into his daily work. Dr. Briggs obtained his degree from Edgewood College and wrote a dissertation on the Factors that Promote or Impeded the Success of African American Males in a Predominately White High School. Dr. Briggs strives to bring a voice to marginalized students and families. As a principal, he collaborated with staff and families to bring the motto “Every kid, Every day, Whatever it Takes” at the forefront of their school and a mission to live by daily.
Dr. Briggs has worked with many school districts on providing professional development around equity and cultural responsiveness. He is also an adjunct professor at Edgewood College and Viterbo (V (eye) ter Bo) University. Dr. Briggs is a husband to Julie, an educator herself, and the dad to three teenage daughters. When they are not in a gym or on a field, Dr. Briggs and his family enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and barbecuing.