Clinic Sessions


Designing the Path to Equity
Ensuring equitable outcomes for all students requires more than technical solutions. Moving your equity agenda forward requires effective communication with the people that provide day-to-day education services and attention to the perspectives and experiences that shape their attitudes and behaviors that impact student outcomes. In this session, participants will engage in a participatory process to determine the constituent groups, communication and learning needs, and issue framing that will increase the success of a local equity agenda.

Overview of Opioid Crisis
The opioid epidemic is causing a community crisis on various levels. Abuse of opioid medications is happening in every community. Learn how the substance abuse disorder affects local citizens, from the user to families, and even the effect on the economy and what is being done to address this issue.

Equity, Mindfulness & Restorative Practices:
Intersections and Opportunities

In this session, participants will explore the intersections between equity and work in mindfulness and restorative practices as they relate to improving school climate and addressing disparities in academic achievement.

Keeping the Promise for All Students
Strategies to Ensure Equitable Access to Effective Educators
How can a governance team ensure that an effective teacher is in every classroom?  Participants will examine the six research-based attributes of effective educators and how to use this information to inform hiring practices and guide educator professional development.  In addition, ten strategies for governance teams to implement in order to ensure equitable access to effective educators for all of their students will be shared.  Participants will also discuss how to begin the conversation to examine how implicit bias can affect board policies, district procedures and educators’ practices.

Communicating a Reflection of Reality
This presentation reflects on practices and strategies that school administrators, teachers, board members, and others can use to be intentional when it comes to celebrating and engaging communitiesThe content focuses on understanding how to redefine equity within your own school community, understanding the importance of your school and community demographics, the type of images you are using to promote your schools, how the community can see itself in your district’s work, identifying opportunities for improvement using data, the type of content you are using on visual platforms, types of professional development used to help teachers understand the cultures and experiences  of students they teach, stakeholder input and voice of students.

You Can’t Separate Your Head from Your Body!
Half of all mental health disorders begin by the age of 14.  What are YOU doing as a board member to ensure that your district is prepared to support student’s emotional well-being?  Join us for a discussion on how to use ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), Resiliency, and Mental Health First Aid to break stigma and increase mental health literacy within schools.  Learn how to advocate for improved social emotional learning and promote mental wellness as a cornerstone of school culture.

Living in the Shadow of Color: Over-representation of Student Subgroups in Special Education. 
This session will explore several aspects of over representation of student subgroups in special education.  We will focus on a general overview of disproportionality and efforts to understand racial and ethnic disparities in special education.  This exploration must include an examination of school- and district-level influences on over representation.  The session will focus on the definition of over-representation/disproportionality and how disproportionality is often defined by racial and ethnic background but may also be defined by socioeconomic status, national origin, English proficiency, gender, and sexual orientation.  The session will discuss concerns for school districts that focus on three main areas: 1) identification as a child with a disability; 2) placement in a particular setting; and 3) discipline.  Lastly, the session will provide strategies for how to avoid state-mandated IDEA sanctions in your district with an up-to-date understanding of the critical factors that contribute to over-representation in special education.

We Came to Learn: Best Practices for Eliminating School Pushouts and Student Criminalization
The proliferation of school policing has muddled the role of educator and counselor with that of law enforcement, often violating students’ rights and placing them at risk of physical harm. It is developmentally appropriate for youth to take risks and push boundaries. However, in heavily policed schools serving youth of color, students’ developmental needs and youthful angst are met with the heavy hand of the law rather than a caring adult. In this workshop, participants first work in small groups to discuss the harmful outcomes of and potential alternatives to school policing. Next, participants will discuss Advancement Project’s recommendations for establishing school discipline policies and agreements with local law enforcement agencies that improve school climate and create safe learning environments while minimizing the risk of school pushout and unnecessary criminalization. 

Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools
This presentation will explain various strategies for trauma-informing a public-school district from the top down, and the bottom up, using data and assessments already in place in most schools.

From Schools to District: Using Creative SEL Strategies to Transform our Understanding of, and Response to Equity
In this session, participants will engage in social emotional learning exercises which are designed to help build capacity to address the climate and culture needs in their districts, and foster safe, equitable, and supportive work and learning environments.

Safe and Inclusive Environments: The Right of All Students
This session will address the challenges faced by children who are forced to confirm to limited and heteronormative perspectives on gender identity and expression. This session will also address the rights of children and youth to be validated and respected as members of the LGBTQ+ community within inclusive school environments.

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