Shifting Mindsets - Teaching and Learning from the Inside-Out

October 25-26, 2022

In-Person Event!



October 25 - 26, 2022

School Teacher


8:30 am - 3:30 pm Central Time

Empty Classroom

Fox Valley Technical College - Riverside Campus


150 N. Campbell Rd
Oshkosh, WI 54902


$2,000 for teams of 5 or more




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Shifting Mindsets: Teaching and Learning from the Inside-Out: This workshop was designed for educators and community members who want to address educational disparities. Through experiential-based learning, participants will explore the historical underpinnings of race (national, state, and local), implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotype threats toward students in public education. The facilitators will use personal narratives and thought-provoking content while engaging participants in self-reflection, small/large group dialogue and community building to inspire transformation in how educators think about and serve students. 
Workshop Outcomes 


Participants in the workshop will leave with: 

  • Deepened awareness of why predictors of success and failure for groups of students exist.

  • Evidence based strategies to disrupt implicit bias.

  • Evidence based strategies and tools teachers can use in their classroom to ensure students are reflected in what they are learning.


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Percy Brown, Jr.

Percy Brown Jr. is the Director of Learner FIRST Center for Civil Rights in Education. 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, Percy was awarded the Educator of the Year award by the 100 Black Men chapter of Madison, WI. He also received the Urban League of Greater Madison President’s Rising Star award in 2015. Percy 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 in Rosedale, Mississippi. Percy’s family activism is part of his lineage 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 CEO of North Star Consulting Services, Inc.


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.