Michael Lowe

Michael Lowe is the chief equity officer for Shelby County Schools in Tennessee. He has also served as a regional superintendent and middle school principal in Memphis, Tennessee. His work focuses on culturally responsive teaching and equity in student work. Michael holds a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Memphis, and an education specialist and doctorate degree in leadership and instruction from Union University in Jackson, TN. Michael’s daily mantra (mon-tra) is to think systemically, but always act locally on behalf of our most underserved students in education.

  • Chief equity officer for Shelby County Schools in Tennessee
  • Served as a regional superintendent and middle school principal in Memphis
  • Focuses on culturally responsive teaching and equity in student work
  • Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Memphis
  • Education specialist and doctorate degree in leadership and instruction from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee
Michael Lowe

Courses available by Michael Lowe

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  1. The Myth Of Black Inferiority: How To Fight Unconscious Bias
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    The Myth Of Black Inferiority: How To Fight Unconscious Bias

    Education leader and equity expert Michael Lowe will examine answers that are intricately linked beneath the surface of America’s history and consciousness. You will learn how to eliminate the myth of Black inferiority from your school.

    What You'll Learn

    • How do contemporary manifestations connect to historical roots?
    • How does the media’s presentation of Black people affect attitudes?
    • What steps can you take to reduce unconscious bias?
    • How do identity and bias interact in society?
    • How can you eliminate deficit mindsets and attitudes?
  2. Intersectionality: Collision Of Racism And Privilege And How To Help Students
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    Intersectionality: Collision Of Racism And Privilege And How To Help Students

    Education leader and equity expert Michael Lowe will explain the critical concept of intersectionality. You will discover the enormous burden piled on many members of your school community and learn how to help overcome it.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is intersectionality?
    • What specific identities overlap to make people vulnerable?
    • How does social context influence your perceptions of race, class, and gender?
    • How does sexuality affect treatment?
    • What impact does intersectionality have on systemic injustice and inequality?
    • How can you fight oppression today?
  3. How To Retain Black And Brown Staff And Dismantle Turnover
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    How To Retain Black And Brown Staff And Dismantle Turnover

    Equity expert Michael Lowe will examine intentionality around retaining teachers of color. You will learn how to set the foundation at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year necessary to maintain a diverse staff.

    What You'll Learn

    • How can you be intentional about teacher and faculty recruitment and retention?
    • Why do teachers and faculty members of color leave the profession?
    • How does the departure of teachers or faculty affect students?
    • What invisible tax do educators of color face? How can you eliminate it?
    • What solutions will enable you to dismantle teacher/faculty turnover?
  4. Teaching Hard Truths: How To Unearth Historical Omissions About Racism
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    Teaching Hard Truths: How To Unearth Historical Omissions About Racism

    Education leader and equity expert Michael Lowe will reveal the omissions that often plague the curriculum. You will learn how to expand perspectives to ensure all students are included and represented in the content you teach.

    What You'll Learn

    • What assumptions affect those who have been historically marginalized?
    • How do privileges, power, and oppression sustain inequity?
    • How can you teach when Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been banned?
    • What information can you teach about America’s racialized beginning?
    • How can your curriculum affirm the identity and humanity of students of color?
  5. Unconscious Bias And How To Decrease It
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    Unconscious Bias And How To Decrease It

    Education leader and equity expert Michael Lowe will offer insight into the dilemma of unconscious bias. You will start the new school year with a heightened understanding and practical steps to eliminate this problem.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are the most common forms of unconscious bias in schools?
    • What are the daily repercussions of unconscious bias in the classroom?
    • What role do teachers and other staff members play in perpetuating bias?
    • What steps can you take now to eliminate bias in the new school year?
    • How can you continuously fight and overcome discrimination in school?
    • How should educators address racial identity?
  6. Culturally Affirming Strategies For Black And Brown Parents
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    Culturally Affirming Strategies For Black And Brown Parents

    Equity expert Michael Lowe will share specific strategies you can use to engage black and brown parents to improve your school. You will learn how to help all students benefit from the cultural insights parents provide.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are the cultural differences in your school and community?
    • How should you survey parents about diversity and equity?
    • What steps can you take to empower and engage black and brown parents?
    • How can cultural wisdom affirm children?
    • What antidotes to systemic racism can schools provide to students?
  7. Demystifying Critical Race Theory And How To Cultivate It
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    Demystifying Critical Race Theory And How To Cultivate It

    Education leader and equity expert Michael Lowe will explain critical race theory. You will learn how to navigate the law and curriculum for your school.

    What You'll Learn

    • How can you cultivate and deepen cultural competence in your school?
    • What are the tenets of critical race theory?
    • How do privilege, power, and oppression sustain inequity?
    • Can you teach similar concepts if critical race theory has been banned?
  8. Top Tips I’ve Learned From Fighting Bias
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    Top Tips I’ve Learned From Fighting Bias

    Equity expert Michael Lowe will offer insight into the dilemma of unconscious bias and tips he has learned from fighting bias. You will develop a heightened understanding and practical steps to eliminate this problem.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are the most common forms of unconscious bias?
    • What are the daily repercussions of unconscious bias?
    • How can you continuously fight and overcome racial bias?
    • What role can organizations play in fostering equality?
  9. How To Confront And Disrupt Student Extremism And Hate
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    How To Confront And Disrupt Student Extremism And Hate

    Equity expert Michael Lowe will show you how youth hate and radicalization are plaguing America’s schools and the world beyond them. You will learn how to guide students to accept others rather than incite violence.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is the new system of radicalization in America?
    • How does radicalization affect students today?
    • How can you build a classroom that is resilient to hate?
    • How can you teach students to negotiate and compromise?
  10. Reading Instruction and DEI:  Step-by-Step Guidance
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    Reading Instruction and DEI: Step-by-Step Guidance
    Scheduled for 75 minutes including question and answer period. Thursday, January 12, 2023; 4:00 PM Eastern

    Equity expert Michael Lowe will show you how reading instruction affects students and share concrete strategies you can implement immediately to improve equity. You will learn how to update both curriculum and instruction.

    What You'll Learn

    • How can you deepen the cultural competence of your school community?
    • What is the history of literacy instruction and schooling in the U.S.?
    • How do privileges, power, and oppression sustain inequity?
    • How can you teach your students to develop a love of literacy?
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    Reading Instruction and DEI: Step-by-Step Guidance
    Thursday, January 12, 2023; 4:00 PM Eastern
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  11. Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Training For Employees
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    Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Training For Employees

    Equity expert Michael Lowe will lead this powerful training webinar that you can use across your organization. Every member of your team will learn how to contribute to a diverse and supportive organization that fosters inclusion and multiplies success.

    What You'll Learn

    • Does treating people as racial group members help or harm them?
    • How can everyone throughout the organization counteract racial inequality?
    • What does everyday antiracism require?
    • How can a racial lens distort people’s experiences?
    • How do Black, Indigenous, and People of Color add extraordinary value to the workplace?
    • What steps should each team member take to promote inclusion?
  12. How To Teach Black History In More Than One Month
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    How To Teach Black History In More Than One Month

    Equity expert Michael Lowe will share five ways to celebrate American history from the perspective of people of color throughout the year. You will learn how to use and move beyond Black History Month.

    What You'll Learn

    • What actions can you take to be intentional in teaching about culture and experiences from the perspective of people of color?
    • Why was Black History Month created?
    • Why do some people oppose its celebration?
    • How can you eliminate the invisible tax that educators of color face in schools when they choose to teach about Black history outside of February?
    • How can you dismantle the myths behind the legacy of the enslaved?

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