Equity Symposium Agenda

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7:00 am – 1:00 pm     Registration
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast hosted by BoardDocs
8:00 am – 8:30 am Welcome 
8:30 am– 10:00 am Opening General Session 
Keynote Speaker: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Investigative Reporter, The New York Times
10:00 am – 10:15 am   Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:30 am Concurrent Clinic Sessions

Leading for Equity: A Practical Framework for Board Discussion and Action
Using a framework developed by the Arizona School Boards Association, participants will unpack five essential and interrelated areas through which school boards can lead for equity, consider key questions within each, and identify actions board members can take individually and as a leadership team to ensure personal or social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family background of students in their district are not obstacles to achieving educational potential.

Tracey Benson, Associate Executive Director, Arizona School Boards Association
Heidi Vega, Director of Communications, Arizona School Boards Association


Partnering for Educational Equity for Native American Students 
A panel of educators and community leaders from Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana share how they have been able to agree on and commit to educational priorities that meet the needs of Native American students in their community. The panel will discuss the consultative design process and how they came to agreement on the plan of action. Session attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the path to designing equitable solutions from different stakeholder perspectives. Session attendees will have the opportunity for Q and A with the panel.

Panel Members:  
Cyril (Kirby) Verret, Terrebonne Parish School District  (TPSD) Title VI Coordinator 
John Solet, TPSD Native American Community Project (NYCP) Project Liaison
Jamie Billiot, TPSD NYCP Literacy Interventionist 
Jennifer Bergeron, TPSD Federal Programs/TPSD Grant Liaison 

Meesha Brown, Generation Ready


K12 and the Workforce:  Whose Business is it Anyway?
Why do businesses care? Today's elementary, middle, and high school students are tomorrow's workers. The quality of their education directly impacts the competitiveness of our workforce and strength of our economy. This session focuses on strategies needed to embrace the business community as a critical friend and ally of urban school districts.  

Janelle Duray, Senior Vice President, Jobs for America’s Graduates
Allie Bateman, Community Relations, Ford Next Generation Learning
Melissa Sandlin, Manager Corporate Citizenship, Northrop Grumman Corp.

Heather Dean, Deputy Executive Director & COO, NSBA


Pre-K: An Effective Strategy to Prepare All Kids for Success and Strengthen our Economy
In order to maintain our place in the global economy, the business community has a vested interest in the successful education and development of our nation’s student population. The first component of this success is Pre-K programs that provide high quality early education to all students – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Decades of research have shown that the seeds of success are sown before children enter kindergarten. Quality Pre-K programs not only level the educational playing field, but also prepare students to enter kindergarten ready to learn, increasing their success in school and life. This session explores early brain development and its connection to future workforce development.

Nancy Fishman, Deputy Director, ReadyNation (DC)
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director and CEO, NSBA

11:45 am– 1:30 pm   Lunch and Student Panel

Join us as we present a panel of students leaders who will provide the audience an opportunity to hear directly from them about their educational equity experience.  These students have experienced many adverse conditions that are not conducive to an optimum learning environment and will to share their personal educational journey.  While discussions about socio-economic status, race, disability and other differences are difficult, we want to raise awareness to the varied issues that impact a student’s ability to be successful resulting from inequitable practices, policies and behaviors.  School boards have broad latitude and leverage in the creation of mission, vision, and policy in school districts across the country.  They can make a difference - our goal is to illuminate best practices as well as policies and practices that may impede student learning through student voice.

Marnell Cooper, Esq., Partner, Palmer, Cooper, Hopkins, LLC and former school board member, Baltimore City Schools

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm  Concurrent Clinic Sessions

Social and Emotional Learning and Equity      
In this workshop participants will gain an understanding of the intersection of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Equity. Attendees will develop their knowledge base related to: SEL principles; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); Toxic Stress; Vicarious (Secondary) Trauma; and Trauma-Informed Practices in order to make policy and resource allocation decisions supporting students impacted by these issues.

Mary Fertakis, M.Ed., NSBA Educational Consultant (WA)


Achieving Educational Equity through Career and Technical Pathways
Rashid Davis, Principal of New York City’s P-Tech (Pathways in Career and Technical Education) High School, shares the details of his pioneering school model that provides a pathway for historically underserved students to complete high school, an associate's degree in applied computer science, and gain access to ‘new collar’ jobs at IBM – all at no cost to students or their families.  Session attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the P-tech model and pose questions to Principal Davis.

Presenter: Rashid Davis, Principal, Pathways in Career and Technical Education (P-Tech) High School (NY)

Meesha Brown, Generation Ready


Supporting Equitable Access to Excellent Educators                  
Decades of research show that students of color and low-income students are more likely to be taught by teachers who have not demonstrated a track record of success, who are not credentialed in their field, and who have less experience.  In 2014, under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education required states to develop Comprehensive Educator Equity Plans to ensure that every student had access to effective teaching.  The Every Student Succeeds Act contains similar language to the Equity Plan requirements and states are leading the way on developing systems to understand the equity gaps and devise solutions to eliminate them. States and districts are grappling with the data needed to make policy decisions on defining “effective teachers”, measuring equity gaps, and developing policies that lead to more sustainable change. Having accurate and more reliable data will be integral to school board members as they craft policy to ensure an excellent education for every student. Join Wake County School Board Member, Keith Sutton, and his equity data partner from SAS Institute, in this 75-minute interactive workshop. The presenters will focus on how equity-related data and analytics have supported Wake County and districts across 13 states to better serve disadvantaged students and ensure equity of opportunity for all.

Keith Sutton, Wake County Public School System, School Board Member (NC)
Jennifer Bell, SAS Institute, Senior Education Consultant (NC)
Rashid Davis

  Diversity in Leadership:  How and Why Leadership Impacts Latino/Hispanic Student Opportunities and Success
Do you have an increasing Latino/Hispanic population and actions that are in place are just not working? Join Dr. Lewin as she brings insight and best practices that make a difference in a world of changing demographics. Take home some practical solutions that will impact your students' success and their connectivity to your school district!

Nancy Lewin, Executive Director, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents(ALAS) (DC)
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm  General Session 
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robin DiAngelo, American Academic, Lecturer and Author
4:30 pm      Adjournment


Pre-K: An Effective Strategy to Prepare All Kids for Success and Strengthen our Economy
Presenter: Nancy Fishman – Handout 
Presenter: Thomas Gentzel – Presentation

Partnering for Educational Equity for Native American Students
Moderator: Meesha Brown – Handout 

Social and Emotional Learning and Equity 
Presenter: Mary Fertakis – Presentation / Handout 1 / Handout 2

K12 and the Workforce:  Whose Business is it Anyway?
Presenter: Janelle Duray – Presentation 
Moderator: Heather Dean – Presentation

Achieving Educational Equity through Career and Technical Pathways
Presenter: Rashid Davis – Presentation / Handout 

Leading for Equity: A Practical Framework for Board Discussion and Action
Presenters: Tracey Benson & Heidi Vega – Presentation / Handout

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