It remains all too common that a student’s race, neighborhood, or family income are strong predictors of the educational opportunities they can access in their K-12 years—the essence of inequity. Most K-12 leaders believe all children deserve an equitable education, no matter their background or circumstances, but most of them struggle to confront the range of inequities in their schools and districts—much less root them out.
In this virtual summit, Education Week reporters and expert guests discuss the hard work behind confronting inequities such as challenging educators’ longstanding biases and practices, re-allocating resources across schools to support opportunities for all students, and removing barriers to advanced coursework.
Education Week journalists and their special guests provide practical takeaways about uprooting inequities in K-12 education.
What Does a “Culture of Equity” Look Like and How Can Schools Achieve It?
What Equitable School Funding Looks Like and Why It’s So Hard for Districts to Get It Right
But in the purely fiscal world, the word "equity" has a much muddier, complicated—and legally fraught—definition. And the issue is likely to come under renewed scrutiny with the Every Student Succeeds Act's new requirement for the public release of school-by-school spending data as an element of states' school report cards.
We’ll talk with experts about why fiscal equity is so hard to accomplish and share success stories of states and districts that have made efforts to accomplish fiscal equity in recent years.
An Equity Issue You May Not Have Considered: Teachers’ Access to Professional Development Opportunities
Remote Learning Under the Coronavirus: Grappling With Equity
Why Representation Matters for Students, Teachers, and School Leaders
As an educator, what do you find produces the best equitable outcomes for students in your schools? In our discussion, we’ll explore the importance of building an educator workforce with lived experiences representative of student historically marginalized by the education system. And we’ll also discuss partnering with students, communities, and families to create school environments responsive and affirming of all cultures.
Empowering Families, Equipping Teachers, and Preparing Students
Students don’t learn in a vacuum. Home, family, school, teacher, peers—all make a difference. While a teacher's influence is key, imagine the impact if teachers, parents, and students were all connected and engaged in the child’s learning! In this discussion, we’ll talk about the powerful change that is possible when teachers connect with parents to extend learning beyond the classroom. We'll explore the results of engaging students in their own learning path. And we’ll address how you can ensure teachers have the largest possible impact with instruction each day in the classroom.
Strategic Planning and Measuring Equity in Schools
How can district and school leaders set measurable goals around equity and inclusion to create school communities that value and serve all students? In this conversation, we’ll explore how educators track metrics around academic achievement gaps, discipline disproportionality, and gaps in student experience or social-emotional learning to identify priorities and take action.
Join us to discuss topics such as how districts can use student voice data to track progress toward equity goals, support campus teams to examine data and create action plans, and organize staff around specific topics, such as implicit bias and culturally-responsive pedagogy. We’ll also highlight how one district in New Jersey increased ELA scores by 35 percent and 58 percent respectively for Hispanic students and for African American students and gain concrete ideas, strategies, and resources for your community.
Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.