Whether it is webinars,  workshops, keynotes, or one-on-one coaching, we can help train your staff on ways to ensure equity at your school. All workshops and coaching are available virtually.

Need a motivating message for your staff?

Dr. Eakins is a nationally recognized author and speaker ready to present an inspiring speech for any audience, regardless of their beliefs and background. Sometimes a simple message is all we need!


Let the Leading Equity Center Lead Your Next Virtual Professional Development

Thousands of educators have experienced a lively and engaging session from the Leading Equity Center. Schedule a webinar to help your school ensure an equitable learning environment for all students.


Webinars or In-Person

Some of Our Partnerships

"I have been attending a lot of different seminars addressing racial justice issues this semester and this has been by far one of the best ones I've attended."


"The recent one on microaggressions was particularly helpful. I wish I had had those suggestions 26 years ago when we adopted our daughter from China! "

Founder and Executive Director

"You are an amazing presenter and I enjoy hearing your thoughtful insights. Your positivity is uplifting."

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What folks are saying about the Leading Equity Center Training

Anne, Educator

"I needed this PD today! Thanks Dr. Eakins and Popsy for the powerful examination of equity, now and looking ahead."

Harvey, Educator

"Thank you Dr. Eakins for challenging all of us to truly work to provide equitable practices in our online learning!! We must be the voice and advocates for equity!!!"

Christy, ESOL Instructional Specialist

"Lunch date with the very insightful leader for equity Dr. Eakins! Keep learning so we can impact the needs of our students!"

Michele, 4th Grade Teacher

"This was a great workshop to begin the movement toward anti-racism in schools at all levels. Dr. Eakins is engaging, thought-provoking, and personable. "

Bonnie, Director of Multicultural Education, New Foundland and Labrador English School District

"A brave space to share experiences and perspectives. Was both reaffirming and motivating to continue with the work."

Bobbie, Director of Curriculum

"Thought provoking conversations from educators who are committed to anti racist education."

Dr. MaryLu Hutchins, Director of Education, Teach While Learning

"Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins is a thoughtful antiracist practitioner who demonstrates deep content knowledge and examination of lived experiences. Using these foundations, his leadership provides opportunities for participants from all contexts to apply these shared conversation to active development of practices based in fairness, equity, and access to learning. If we are to dismantle systems of oppression, this multiphase learning (reflection on identity, knowledge of the deep history of systemic racism in America, and action steps in collegial work in schools) are essential. This series is beneficial to every educator in the process of lifelong professional growth."

Rhoda, Educator

"Dr. Eakins is a gifted facilitator who provides a safe and dynamic space for discussing the biggest challenges around Equity in Education for our nation's students. His workshops are a formidable opponent to performative wokeness culture today."

Natalie, 7th-grade math and science teacher

"This is an important workshop that ALL people in education should experience. We MUST do and be better for our students and this is one of the ways we can learn how to do that."

Dr. Laura Brown, Educator

"This workshop was engaging and educational. It caused me to be reflective of my beliefs and practices. Dr. Eakins provided a resources that I can use in my classroom now. I highly recommend this workshop for everyone, regardless of their position."

Jennifer, Trustee, York Catholic District School Board

"Loved the opportunity to learn from Dr. Eakins and fellow participants. A safe space to have uncomfortable conversations and tackle issues head-on. Would recommend this workshop to anyone working in education."

Kathy, Math Coach, K-5

"Sheldon is a passionate educator who implores us to do the work because our students deserve it."

Mari, ESL/Dual Language Coach

"After some equity trainings, I walk away feeling overwhelmed by all I don't know and how much there still is to do, but in Annihilating Racism training, I feel empowered to make a difference with numerous resources and a sensible stance that I can take to confront inequities and to be a part of the solution to the systemic racism that surrounds us all in this country."

Landon, Early Preschool Teacher

"I found the workshop sessions to be easily digestible and thought provoking at the same time. The focuses were narrow enough to have a jumping off point and easily flowed into the broader ideas that encircle the issues regarding racial injustice in education. I found the resources provided to be immediately helpful in application to my work and my life. I felt welcomed by the hosts and other participants, even when discussing challenging ideas, and came to be very comfortable and enthusiastic in engaging with the group as a whole. I hope to participate in similar workshops or with the hosts again in the future!"

Dr. David Lindenmuth, Educational Resources of New Jersey

"Dr. Eakins’s session was collaborative and highly engaging."

Equity Audit For School Districts and Organizations

No matter where your organization is on its equity journey, we all have room for growth. The Leading Equity Center would like to help you with guiding you through a comprehensive equity audit. We cover 7 key areas:

  1. Mission, Vision, and Beliefs
  2. Leadership
  3. Staff and Staff Development
  4. Instructional Practices
  5. Representation
  6. Disciplinary Practices
  7. Communication, Feedback, and Decision-Making

We also recognize that teambuilding and collaboration with your stakeholders are essential in implementing change. Our Equity Audit program offers multiple collaborative activities as we focus on actual change initiatives for your organization.


A series of ten 60-minute webinars for schools and districts. 

  1. How to be an Antiracist
  2. Antiracism/Antibias practices
  3. Framing brave conversations about race and ethnicity
  4. The dangers of performative wokeness
  5. Do Black Lives Matter?
  6. Multicultural Education in predominantly white spaces
  7. Teaching privilege and power to students
  8. Cultural Appropriation vs. Cultural Appreciation
  9. Dealing with racial slurs in schools
  10. Colorism

A series of ten 60-minute webinars for schools and districts.  

  1. Know yourself and recognize your position of privilege as an educator
  2. Get to know your students
  3. Spend time with students outside of school settings
  4. Check your current language practices
  5. Promote a decolonial atmosphere
  6. Adopt an advocacy mentality
  7. Educate yourself
  8. Model vulnerability and humility
  9. Recognize how to build on students' assets
  10. Use social justice as the basis for advocacy

Available as half-day or multiple 60/90 minute webinars 

  1. Raising Big Voices in Little People- Raising cultural self-esteem and advocacy in young children
  2. Cultivating Family Leadership- Empowering families to lead anti-racist education
  3. Restoring Family Culture- Examining strategies to support families in reviving their cultural traditions
  4. Home Grown Advocacy- Empowering families to challenge schools to see beyond race, ethnicity and class.
  5. Equity during Remote Learning for Families- A closer look at addressing the disproportionate impact on remote learning for essential workers.

Optional Parent Engagement Session:

  • Family Engagement During Remote Learning- Nurturing and supporting meaningful partnerships between educators and families for student success.

Professional Development from the Leading Equity Center

Below is an overview of the Leading Equity Center's services. We believe in providing a customized professional development journey for each site that we collaborate with. Let us work with you to craft a professional development experience that is practical and relevant to your unique needs. Submit an event request today!

What’s the Process?

  • Fill out the contact form below with the date and details of the event.
  • 30-minute consultation/development session to craft a customized event format to fit your site’s needs.
  • Delivery of a highly engaging and impactful Professional Development event.


  • Keynote Presentations
  • Full or half-day training
  • Teacher group sessions
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Online course (a customized virtual study group of the Teaching Through a Culturally Diverse Lens Program facilitated by Dr. Eakins)  
  • Webinars

Other Topics:

  • You're Better Than Good Enough
  • The Confident Advocate
  • Cultivating an Antiracist Environment
  • The Four Tenets of Teaching Through A Culturally Diverse Lens
  • Are Microaggressions Really a Thing?
  • Optimizing the Learning Environment for Critical Thinking
  • An Affinity Space for Affinity Space Leaders
  • Establishing Social Justice Groups for Students
  • The Asset-Based Approach: Unlocking the Potential of Every Learner
  • Equity in Digital Spaces
  • Are You Culturally Responsive?
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Implicit Bias Impacts the Way We Serve Our Students
  • Check Your Privilege
  • Why Culture Matters
  • The Dangers of Cultural Appropriation
  • Culture? But All of My Students are White
  • Addressing the Troublemakers
  • The Racial Slur Conversation
  • Preaching Beyond the Choir: Creating Buy-In to Advocate for Change

About Dr. Eakins

Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D. is the founder of the Leading Equity Center and host of the Leading Equity Podcast. With over 11 years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal, and Director of Special Education. 

Dr. Eakins has a passion for helping educators accomplish equitable practices in their schools. He has earned a B.S. degree in Social Science Education, a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership, and a Ph.D. in K-12 Education. 


The Equity Work Starts With You!

If you are interested in having Dr. Eakins speak for an event or one-on-one coaching, fill out the form below. References are available upon request.


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