A Seat at the Table With Education Week

A Seat at the Table With Education Week

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We know that access to leadership is critical to inspiring you and your work. That is why we created “A Seat at the Table With Education Week”—a live, online video conversation and webinar with experts in the field, including your fellow practitioners. These conversations provide you with the opportunity to engage directly with educators and researchers on a range of topics and issues that matter most to you.

Even during these challenging times, you know that a better education for all students is possible. And we do, too.

Join the conversation. Break down the barriers. Shape the future of education.

Fields of interest vary widely on a range of topics you'll see below.

Tune in regularly for this virtual chat, a free-form discussion between educators, researchers, and leaders from the K-12 world.

• No presentations.
• No handouts.
• Just compelling idea exchange.

Ask your questions and engage with leading-edge practitioners and cutting-edge thinkers who, like you, want to make a difference in—and out—of schools today.


Check back soon for notice of our next event.


Ethical Leadership: What Does That Really Mean?

December 1, 2020

In 2019, Andy Hargreaves wrote, “One way to think about ethical leadership is that while morality is about right and wrong, ethics is about how to judge what’s right and wrong, and how to do what’s right.” So how do we do judge what the right actions are? Antiracism, gender discrimination, COVID-19, as well as the safety of LGBTQ students are issues that need our best ethical thinking. For some, these issues are controversial; for others, these issues are necessary to address for the health of a school community. Join host Peter DeWitt as he sits down with researchers Andy Hargreaves and Allison Skerrett to discuss practical steps you can take to bring deeper ethical thinking to your schools and districts.

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How Principals Can Manage Stress and Anxiety Right Now

October 28, 2020

Principals are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety as they navigate what likely will be the most challenging year of their careers. Making decisions that affect their students and their school communities in the midst of the pandemic is anything but simple. Psychologists Mark Greenberg of Penn State and Marc Brackett of Yale have each been studying the emotional impact of the pandemic on school leaders. Sharif El-Mekki, a former school leader, will provide insights on the importance of training, hiring, and retaining educators, including educators of color. Join Peter DeWitt as he speaks with them to discuss their research and how principals can best manage their social-emotional needs, even as they are navigating the needs of their school communities.

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Segregated School Funding and the Seemingly Unattainable American Dream

October 14, 2020

Brookings Institute Fellow Andre Perry says that “school districts are an heirloom of our segregated past.” Perry will join as a guest to discuss why schools predominated by students of color receive $23 billion less a year in funding than those with a majority-white population. We’ll also examine how to bring more funding to schools in Black and brown communities and whether the social services so many schools must offer are widening the learning gap. School and district leaders who are facing particularly challenging budgets won’t want to miss this episode.

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Trauma-Informed Teaching: How to Identify and Help Students During COVID-19

September 29, 2020

Schools are back in session, but the impact of trauma during COVID-19 continues. Host Peter DeWitt will be joined by Ricky Robertson and Nadine Burke-Harris to discuss how to encourage resilience, prioritize student mental health, and focus on social emotional learning. Take part in this critical discussion to learn how to employ trauma-informed teaching in your district, school, or classroom.

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Challenging a Growth Mindset in the Time of COVID-19

September 15, 2020

In this episode of a Seat at the Table, Carol Dweck and Peter DeWitt will discuss the nuances of the growth mindset, arguably one of the most familiar phrases and focal points of educational research. Join the conversation to explore why her research is sometimes misunderstood and how to get it right.

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The Persistence of Education Inequity: A Father and Son's Exploration of Race and Schools

August 17, 2020

Tyrone Howard, professor of education at UCLA, and Jaleel Howard, formerly a 6th grade English language arts teacher and current UCLA doctoral student, will be the guests. We will discuss their experiences as Black men, the work they do to help schools become more equitable for students of color and Black students in particular, and the similarities and differences in their K12 experiences as students and teachers—and father and son.

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Instructional Coaching: How to Navigate Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Teaching

August 5, 2020

Jim Knight is an instructional-leadership researcher, with a big following of instructional coaches. Knight and DeWitt will discuss the often-complicated duties of instructional coaches. For many teachers, coaches are a helpful resource who can make a real difference to their practice, but for others, they are simply compliance officers. Keeping these challenges in mind, the two will discuss how instructional coaches can best help teachers navigate their way through remote, hybrid, and in-person teaching to create a better and more meaningful classroom experience for their students.

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The Equitable Classroom: How to Create Access for All Students

July 27, 2020

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.

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Providing Deep Learning Experiences to Students

July 14, 2020

Join John Hattie, professor and researcher at the University of Melbourne, and Peter DeWitt for “A Seat at the Table.” The conversation will focus on how educators can use Hattie’s research to provide deep learning experiences for students in spite of the challenges brought on by COVID-19. We will explore Hattie’s often-criticized research and discuss how he uses those criticisms to help guide his own level of improvement and clarity.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching: How to Improve Your Impact in the Physical or Virtual Classroom

July 1, 2020

Join Zaretta Hammond and Peter DeWitt for "A Seat at the Table" where we will explore with you how to provide culturally responsive teaching whether you are in the physical or virtual classroom. Discuss with us how to ensure all students have access to an education that has a positive impact.

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Embracing Racial Justice in a Time of Change

June 22, 2020

Join John D. Marshall, chief equity officer, for Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Ky., for a live talk show on racial justice, equity, and schools with Christina Samuels, Education Week’s equity beat reporter. We’ll be taking as many of your questions as we can.

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What Should Effective Grading and Assessment Look Like During—and After—the Coronavirus Pandemic?

June 17, 2020

Former K-5 public school principal turned popular author, presenter, and Education Week opinion blogger, Peter DeWitt will discuss grading and assessment during the current pandemic with Thomas R. Guskey, a senior research scholar at the University of Louisville.

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How Schools Can Support Parents and Families Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to require social distancing and remote learning, districts and schools can do a lot to support parents and families in their roles as co-educators. Join us for a free online event where four experts will discuss what schools can do to support families.

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Education Week has been selected as one of the 2020 Best Nonprofits To Work For by The NonProfit Times, a leading national business publication for nonprofit managers.

Partnering with Best Companies Group (BCG), The NonProfit Times recognizes and honors employers in the nonprofit sector that have excelled in creating quality workplaces. BCG puts organizations through a battery of surveys and employees are asked to answer 79 questions and statements.

“We are humbled and energized to be selected as one of the top fifty 2020 winners, particularly during these very challenging times,” says president and CEO Michele Givens, who has held a leadership role with Education Week for more than 15 years.

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