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Hosted in partnership by CAAASA and the Riverside County Department of Education, this free online conference provides California educators with the information and resources they need to eliminate the gaps in achievement, expectations, and opportunity for students from the diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in which they serve.
With support from the California Endowment, we’re inviting superintendents and policy leaders to take part in this ongoing conversation, to share the strategies that they have found most successfully promote equity and social justice in their schools.
You’re invited to join these conversations. Please register once to join each free, hour-long conversation. Together with individual educators and school-based teams from across the state, you will have the chance to discover the real-world-tested strategies you can employ right away to improve outcomes for your students.
Can’t make a session? Register now to ensure access to every live and archived session, and to share the growing archive with your colleagues or staff.
SHATTERING INEQUITIES: SESSION TWO
Addressing Preschool Practices That Harm African-American Children
Amanda Dickey, with Dr. Carla Bryant, Khydeeja David, Catherine Goins, and Crystal Hawkins
Director, Intergovernmental & Legal Affairs, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA)
BUILDING HEALTH AND WELLNESS: SESSION ONE
Understanding the Impact of Health and Wellness on the Educational Performance
President and CEO, Sierra Health Foundation
SHARING STRATEGIES: SESSION TWO
Making Equity a Reality for All Students
Executive Director, Juvenile Court and Community Schools, San Diego County Office of Education
Dr. Chuck Fischer
Executive Director, Alternative Education, Riverside County Office of Education
Dr. Leilah Kirkendoll
Principal, Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS)
San Diego County Office Education
SHATTERING INEQUITIES: SESSION FOUR
Self-imposed Hurdles to Equity Leadership: Let’s Get Out of Our Own Way!
Robin Avellar La Salle
Author, Shattering Inequities, Co-founder and CEO of Orenda Education
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Session One: Recognizing the Impact of Trauma and Poverty
Dr. Flojaune G. Cofer, Director of Policy and Research, Public Health Advocates and Michael Watkins, Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, share the impact that trauma and poverty have on student learning and achievement, and outline the essential role that teachers can play in supporting students who face these too common challenges.
Session Two: Nurturing Black Girls in the Classroom
Dr. Daryl Camp, Superintendent, Riverbank Unified School District, and Dr. Tanya Fisher, Superintendent Selma Unified School District, share the ways in which black girls are often treated more like adults in the classroom, and present the dramatic ways in which girls’ learning and self-esteem improve when their teachers confront this bias.
Session Three: Ensuring Safe Schools
Dr. Winfred Roberson, Superintendent, Glendale Unified School District and Dr. Darin E. Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified School District, share the essential need to establish our schools as as "safe spaces" for every student; strategies for engaging students, parents, and the community in doing so; and the important roles that schools play in support of California's undocumented and DACA students.
Session Four: Introducing the California School Dashboard
L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent, shares the specific goals and the focus of the recently developed California School Dashboard, and addresses ways that school and district leaders can make use of this new framework to positively impact student learning and academic achievement.
Session Five: Improving Equity in Special Education
Arun Ramanathan, CEO, Pivot Learning and Dr. Adam Clark, Superintendent, Vallejo City Unified School District, share the ways in which African American and Latino males are too often placed in special education programs rather than engaged and supported in their learning, and offer strategies for classroom teachers that remedy this outcome for individual students.
Session Six: Making the Most of the California Dashboard
Eric Heins, President of the California Teachers Association, shares the motivations that have shaped the design and development the new California School Dashboard, and--now that the Dashboard is in place--some strategies that invite teachers and schools to come together around the school and student outcomes now being measured by this new tool.
Session Seven: Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works, and Dr. Michele Bowers, Superintendent Lancaster School District, share the results of the first collection of chronic-absenteeism data collected on California students, and introduce strategies that school leaders and teachers can employ to ensure students receive the support they need to attend school every day.
Session Eight: Supporting Black Male Educators
Vincent Cobb II, CEO and Co-Founder, and Sterling Grimes, Executive Director of Programs of the Fellowship of Black Male Educators, share the personal and professional challenges facing black male educators in schools across the country and introduces proven supports that he and members of The Fellowship have found most effective in finding and retaining these essential classroom leaders.
Session Nine: Creating a Positive School Climate in Identity-Safe Schools
Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute and the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University, and Channa M. Cook-Harvey, the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD), share the research and practice foundations for building a positive school climate in which every student belongs, is physically and psychologically safe and well-supported, and can achieve their maximum potential.
Session Ten: Accelerating Academic Achievement
Dr. Judy D. White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools, share ways that increased expectations and specific equity-focused strategies help their district teachers to accelerate learning and to better meet the needs of their students.