Equity & Diversity Live Online Discussion

The Equitable Classroom: How to Create Access for All Students

Mon., July 27, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
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When the pandemic arrived this spring, it revealed in stark terms which students had opportunities to connect online with their teachers and which ones were handed packets. Host Peter DeWitt will be joined by education leaders Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah, Andrew Fletcher, Neil Gupta, and Jan Iwase to discuss how to create the equitable classroom. Participate in a lively, interactive discussion with educators who have been working hard—both before and during COVID-19—to provide equal access to all students.

Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah
Associate Superintendent, Instructional Services, Salinas Union High School District in Salinas, Calif. Salinas Union High School District in Salinas, Calif.
Baltazar-Sabbah has devoted her 24-year career as an educator to developing, implementing, and monitoring effective instructional programs for all students with a focus on English-language learners, migrant students and socio-economically disadvantaged youths. She is currently the Associate Superintendent, Instructional Services, for the Salinas Union High School District in Salinas, Calif.

Andrew Fletcher
Senior Executive Director, Early Literacy, Division of Early Childhood Education, New York City Department of Education, N.Y.
Fletcher has been a teacher, literacy coach, and educator for almost 20 years. His unique perspective on equity and access and his desire to ensure literacy for all stemmed from having been raised in two different foster homes. He is currently senior executive director of early literacy within the Division of Early Childhood Education at the New York City Department of Education.

Neil Gupta
Director of Secondary Education, Worthington school district, Columbus, Ohio
Gupta is the director of secondary education for the Worthington school district in Columbus, Ohio. His professional interests are in leadership, building culture, and coaching. Gupta serves as the vice president on the board of directors for ASCD and is the supervisor-at-large on the board of directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.
Jan Iwase
Author, "Leading with Aloha: From the Pineapple Fields to the Principal’s Office," retired educator, Hawaii
Iwase retired in 2018 after 45 years as an educator. In her 2019 book, Leading with Aloha: From the Pineapple Fields to the Principal’s Office, she reflects on her experiences growing up in a pineapple plantation village and the direct impact it had on how she led her military-impacted school with empathy and respect.
Peter DeWitt is a former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach.

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