Frequently Asked Questions

The Convening is a 3-day gathering centered on reclaiming joy, mindfulness, and the power of intentional collective action.

The theme for this year is “Reclaiming Education through Liberation” and will focus on how to undo and replace oppressive behaviors, thoughts, and policies that harm BIPOC students and educators, while engaging in decolonizing pedagogies meant to liberate education and create more equitable learning environments for everyone.

This event is open to BIPOC educators, BIPOC leaders and white leaders in education (those tasked with leading racial equity work or decision-making authority in schools or districts).

  • BIPOC educators: All educators/teachers who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/e, Asian, Middle Eastern or person of color.

  • Leaders in education: Includes superintendents, principals, assistant principals, central office staff, deans, university partners, instructional coaches, school board members, etc. It is inclusive of all decision makers in education.

We are thrilled that you are interested in attending the Convening, however this gathering is specifically centered around BIPOC teachers, leaders, and white leaders in education. You can support by sharing the Convening registration to others, donate to sponsor the registration for an attendee, and/or if you’re interested in getting involved with TAF’s work around racial equity in schools, check out TransformED!

The Convening will be an interactive and immersive community in which attendees will unlearn harmful dominant cultural norms, engage with decolonizing pedagogies, and reimagine what our collective power can accomplish. Together, we will build up a network of educators and leaders who are committed to liberating education and creating more equitable learning environments for everyone.

Attendees will leave the TAF NWEW’s Convening with tools to recognize, undo and replace oppressive behaviors, thoughts, and policies that harm not only BIPOC students but educators as well. The Convening is also a space to network with BIPOC educators and leaders who are engaged in liberating educational institutions from racism.

The Convening will include Affinity Salons, Mindfulness Sessions, Collaborative work time, Networking Convening mixers, and a dynamic keynote speaker with an open Q&A session.

The workshops at the Convening are designed specifically for the stated target audience. Please refer to our program booklet to learn more about the intention behind the Convening workshop model and a suggested pathway/journey for each of the target audience.

The event will be held in person on October 7 – 9, 2022 at the Pacific Science Center. It will not be streamed as we want to make this is an interactive and immersive experience for our participants. Please make your travel plan accordingly.

We are closely monitoring the CDC as well as King County guidelines. Continual masks wearing in large gatherings is recommended. In a situation where it becomes inadvisable to host in-person events, we will notify all registered participants in a timely manner. Your registration fee will be refunded in full.

Please visit our Convening webpage to get the most updated information on the Convening.

Group discounts are available through our Admin Package. Sponsor 4 BIPOC educators and save 30% on registration fees. 

Leverage professional development funds to sponsor attendance for BIPOC educators attending The Convening and each entry will only cost $175 per person. 

Register as a group here

Following Washington State and King County policies, masks are no longer required but are highly recommended while indoors.

Following Washington State and King County policies, proof of vaccination is no longer required.

Yes, discounted accommodation rates are available at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown / Seattle Center at $169 + tax/night.

Please follow this link and make your reservation by September 7th, 2022, to reserve hotel rooms at a discounted rate.

If you are staying at Fairfield Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown/ Seattle Center, overnight parking is available at $15/day. Paid public parking is available at Seattle Center parking garage. Please visit the Pacific Science Center website for parking and transportation guide.

You can also visit the Seattle On Street Parking for a downtown Seattle Street parking map and rates.

We will be offering several lunch options as well as a variety of snacks and drinks throughout the three-day event. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions upon registration so we can better accommodate you. A list of local BIPOC restaurants and cafés near the venue will also be provided so you have additional food options.

There are several ways in which to help cover the cost of the registration fee:

  • Advocate for the Convening at your staff meetings and/or to your district/school officials. Many districts/ schools/ organizations allocate specific funds every year for staff professional development. 
  • Group registration discounts are available. Take advantage of the special offer and bring along your BIPOC colleagues and/or white leaders.
  • Grants are currently available for The Convening. Check if you qualify and apply to have your registration partially or fully covered. 
  • Ask your friends/family/acquaintances to support you with funding for the Convening.

A TAF Network for EdWork Convening Ambassador is tasked with inviting guests to the Convening. You will receive a promotional toolkit to use to invite your guests (friends, family, advocates, activists, leaders, co-workers, anyone you know who rally for equity in education).

Register yourself and 5 or more people, you will receive:

  • A signed book by Dr. Bettina Love
  • A chance to win a raffle prize for a $50 Visa gift card
  • Reserved seating at Dr. Bettina Love keynote, for you and your group
  • Reserved table at the Convening mixer, for you and your group

Being a Convening Ambassador is YOU taking the lead in dismantling systems of oppression within education!

Click here for more information about the program and to register.

If you cannot find what you are looking for or have more specific questions about the Convening, please reach out to our team at We would love to hear from you.