Black Education leaders shared tips and insight on What you need to know as the kids head back to school with a fabulous panel session.
Candice Washington is the founder of Avery Consultants, an organization that strives to empower clients to make data informed decisions that improve outcomes. An inspiring leader, trainer, and coach Candice has over a decade of practice in leadership and performance. A published author and national speaker, Candice works closely with school leaders to optimize their leadership abilities and help schools rise to excellence. Candice’s experience in leadership and consulting is supplemented by a bachelors degree in psychology from Spelman College and a Master’s Degree in Leadership. Her favorite role, however, is being the mother and biggest cheerleader to her 9 year old daughter, Olivia.
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Markeisha Hall, M.A. @markeisha_hall is a certified Jai Parent Coach, Autism Travel Professional, IEP Coach and CEO of Hallegacy, LLC. She has facilitated over two dozen IEP meetings annually as a member of the Assessment Team while she was in the classroom as a Special Education Teacher and advocated to help parents be more impactful members at the IEP table, but more importantly than that she is a mom of 4 wonderful kids and married to her college sweetheart for 22 years coming up in September.
She knows first-hand the value of parents being an integral partner in their child’s educational journey, and in 2018, became more intimate with this reality when she adopted her youngest son Josiah. During the adoption process, he was diagnosed with Autism and she had to employ her professional skills into her immediate family.
She is now bridging the two IEP and Parent coaching expertise into services to help parents take the lead on their students’ educational roadmap, create more inclusive educational/recreational experiences, and learn new parenting tools through her signature 7-step Unique approach in her exclusive PEP Squad- Parent Advocate Community.
Phelicia Lang @meonthepage is a Reading Specialist, Literacy Leader, and Advocate.Phelicia is a native of California and has her roots in the Bay Area. She’s a wife, mother
to four, grandmother to two, an author and a publisher. She has a Masters in Reading
Leadership with a focus on Multicultural Literature, and a Reading Specialist Credential.
Her twenty years in education includes working for private, charter and public schools.
She admits one of her greatest joys in teaching included teaching her own four children
to read. It was during the homeschool years that she learned that not all children learn
the same way and that there isn’t a “one size fits all curriculum.”
She’s currently a First Grade Teacher and sits on the board of Contra Costa County’s
Local Planning Council for Early Care and Education. After creating and successfully
coordinating a summer Kindergarten Intervention Program for African American
Children within her local school district, she participates on the design team for Ready
Kids East County. Considering that Phelicia is a literacy advocate and very passionate
about early literacy, both the Ready Kids Easy County, and the Local Planning Council
positions suit her well.
Teaching students to learn to read well, think critically, and develop a love of literacy is
a portion of her work. Assuring students have access to literature that reflects their lives
and cultures in a positive light is the fuel of her passion. Thus, writing and publishing
books for beginning and early readers is a byproduct of her company’s mission. She
writes so African American children can say, I see Me On the Page.