The Equity Event 2016

All students deserve the chance to succeed, regardless of family income, where they live - rural, urban or suburban, race/ethnicity or cultural background, or other personal factors. But disparities in outcomes exist.


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Dr. Pedro Noguera

A distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, Dr. Noguera’s most recent books are “Excellence Through Equity,” “School for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of African American and Latino Boys” and “Creating the Opportunity to Learn.” Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003 – 2015), Harvard University (2000 – 2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990 – 2000). He also is a former school board member, and has won awards for his research and advocacy focused on fighting poverty.

In his keynote address, Dr. Noguera will discuss the disconnect between the movement for standards and accountability that has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to disparities in student achievement and the little attention that has been given to what it takes to create conditions in schools that will make achievement for all students more likely,Missing from much of the policy debate related to achievement is how to place equity at the center of education reform, and how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools. This presentation will describe principles and practices that have proven effective in meeting the needs of a wide variety of learners. It will also explore how schools can develop effective partnerships with parents and community groups to further efforts to raise achievement.

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick-PhotoDr. Maria Harper-Marinik
Interim Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College District
The Attainment Gap Unwrapped: What Can We Do Together?

Sunny_Dooley_1Sunny Dooley
Dine’ Navajo Storyteller
Culture and Tradition

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The Equity Event - Thursday Agenda

THURSDAY   
TimeSessionPresenter(s)Location
8:00 a.m.Registration + Continental BreakfastSponsored by Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (funded by the Walmart Foundation)General Session Foyer
8:30 a.m.Welcome Dr. Tim Ogle, Executive Director, and Kathy Knecht, ASBA President, PLUS special performance by the Osborn Middle School FiredrumsGeneral Session Ballroom
8:45 a.m.What to ExpectTracey Benson, Associate Executive DirectorGeneral Session Ballroom
9:00 a.m.What Are Your Lenses for Equity?Facilitator: Timi Tullis, Director of Membership Services, Association of Alaska School BoardsGeneral Session Ballroom
9:30 a.m.Keynote Speaker: Excellence through Equity: Principles and Practices Dr. Pedro Noguera, distinguished professor of education at UCLA, author, media commentator, former school board member, and champion for equityGeneral Session Ballroom
10:30 a.m.BreakFoyer
10:45 a.m.Signs of Progress: Student Achievement and College Readiness Susan Carlson, Chair, Arizona Minority Education Progress Analysis Center; Jeffrey F. Milem, Ernest W. McFarland Distinguished Professor/College of Education/University of Arizona and Director, Arizona Medical Education Research Initiative; Dolores Durán-Cerda, Ph.D., Acting Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Pima Community College
General Session Ballroom
11:15 a.m.Panel Discussion: Education Equity and Arizona's FutureModerator: Jennifer Dokes, consultant and longtime member of The Arizona Republic editorial board

Panelists: Pearl Chang Esau, CEO, Expect More Arizona; Chris Camacho, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Aaron Ball, Director, College and Career Pathways, The Center for the Future of Arizona; Dr. Robbie Koerperich, Superintendent, Holbrook Unified School District
General Session Ballroom
NoonLunch + Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus MeetingPatio
1:15 p.m.The Attainment Gap Unwrapped: What Can We Do Together? Maria Harper-Marinik, Interim Chancellor, Maricopa County Community College DistrictGeneral Session Ballroom
2:00 p.m.Breakout Sessions
(choose from 4)
The Welcoming School: Effective Family Engagement in Highly Diverse Schools

What Every Education Leader Should Know about ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences – and Student Success

Addressing Issues of Equity in College Access and Success

Beyond Lunch: Expanding Access to the Child Nutrition Programs

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Breakout Rooms
3:00 p.m.BreakFoyer
3:10 p.m.Panel Discussion: Board Leadership for EquityModerator: Jacinto Ramos, Governing Board President, Fort Worth (Texas) ISD. Panelists: Board member-superintendent teams from three Minority Student Achievement Network Districts: Buckeye ESD (Jane Hunt and Dr. Kristi Sandvik), Isaac ESD (Maria Guzman and Dr. Mario Ventura) and Paradise Valley USD (Anne Greenberg and Dr. Jim Lee).General Session Ballroom
4:00 p.m.What's Next?Tracey Benson, Associate Executive DirectorGeneral Session Ballroom
4:15 p.m.Hosted Reception PLUS Launch of AMEPAC's 2016 Arizona Minority Student Progress ReportPatio
6:00 p.m.Close of Thursday session

The Equity Event - Friday Agenda

TimeSessionPresenter(s)Location
7:30 a.m.Continental BreakfastSponsored by Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (funded by the Walmart Foundation)Foyer
8:15 a.m.Welcome + Orientation for the DayTracey Benson, ASBA Associate Executive Director; Karen Loftus, Director of Leadership DevelopmentGeneral Session Ballroom
8:30 a.m.Keynote Speaker: Embracing the Power of Culture and TraditionSunny Dooley, Dine' Navajo StorytellerGeneral Session Ballroom
9:15 a.m.Keynote Speaker: What Stories Will Our Students Tell?Vada Manager, business and brand strategist, Nike’s former director of global issues management, and a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents who served while a student at ASU.General Session Ballroom
9:45 a.m.Panel Discussion: Growing "Leaders Like Me"Moderator: Vada Manager, business and brand strategist, Nike’s former director of global issues management, and a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents who served while a student at ASU.

Panelists: Ruben Gutierrez, associate superintendent, Riverside ESD, and board member, Pendergast ESD; Tia Tsosie-Begay, teacher, Los Ninos Elementary (Sunnyside USD); Channel Powe, board member, Balsz ESD; Esther Avila Rodriguez, college student and Be a Leader Foundation alumna
General Session Ballroom
10:30 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.The Big ConversationsAll AttendeesGeneral Session Ballroom + Foyer
11:25 a.m.Breakout Sessions
(Choose from three)
Eliminating Barriers for Under-Represented and Students of Color through Board Policy

The ‘Taboo’ Topic of Poverty

A District’s Multiyear Journey to Cultural Competence

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Breakout Rooms
12:15 p.m.Lunch + Black Caucus Meeting
PLUS special performance by the South Mountain High School Step Team
Patio
1:30 p.m.Breakout Sessions
(Choose from four)
Aligning Philosophy and Programs, Equity for Our Most At-Risk Students in a Multi-Tiered System of Support

A Culture of Equity: What Is It and How Do You Know if You Have One?

Majority Minority: Policy and Instructional Practices at Play for English Learners

Rainbow Connection: Understanding the Issues Facing LGBT Students

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Breakout Rooms
2:30 p.m.Report Outs on The Big Conversations AttendeesGeneral Session Ballroom
2:45 p.m.Student Voices: Why Equity MattersModerator: Cathryn Creno, former education reporter, The Arizona Republic

Panelists: Dairany Blanco-Flores, 2015 Tempe High School (Tempe Union HSD); Jacob Chevalier, Bioscience High School (Phoenix Union HSD); Shandiin Gorman, senior, Westwood High School (Mesa USD); Krysten Muir, junior, Marcos de Niza High School (Tempe Union HSD); Kiki Perry, senior, EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology) and Hamilton High School (Chandler USD)
General Session Ballroom
3:45 p.m.Closing Thoughts and AdjournGeneral Session Ballroom

Thursday, March 10, from 2 – 2:50 p.m.

The Welcoming School: Effective Family Engagement in Highly Diverse Schools
How welcoming is your school and district to all of your families? What are your beliefs about family engagement – and does it include all of your families? This session helps Boards and Administrators identify, on a scale of Fortress School to Partnership School, what type(s) of schools are in your district, and examines our core beliefs about what authentic family engagement entails. The material being shared is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Family Engagement Institute, which the presenter attended with her school district team.
Presenter: Mary Fertakis, M.Ed., Tukwila (Wash.) School District Governing Board member, Past President of WSSDA, and Consultant for the National Connection Program of the National School Boards Association
Family/Cultural

What Every School Leader Should Know about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Children in Arizona are experiencing high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), also known as toxic stress. Experiences such as abuse, neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, violence and incarceration of a family member occur all too often and can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development, resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior and health. This session will provide a brief “ACEs 101”: what are ACEs and why they matter, as well as how they impact learning. Information on the incidence of ACEs in AZ children and a new movement to create trauma sensitive schools in AZ will be discussed as well.
Presenter: Marcia Stanton, MSW, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and coordinator of the ACE Initiative
Family/Cultural

Addressing Issues of Equity in College Access and Success
No silver bullet exists to offer a solution to disparity in college access and success. Learn from a panel of college access partners holistically considering cultural, social and economic opportunities while improving readiness through academic, social emotional and college knowledge preparedness to lay the foundation for student success in post-secondary education.
Moderator: Linda Thompson, senior vice president and chief impact officer, Helios Education Foundation
Panelists: Teena Olszewski, executive director, Arizona GEAR UP; Dr. Paul Perrault, vice president and director of research and evaluation, Helios Education Foundation; Judy Reno, director, College Depot; David Rodriguez, coordinator, Metropolitan Education Commission Regional College Access Center.

Access and Achievement

Beyond Lunch: Expanding Access to the Child Nutrition Programs
Child nutrition programs are proven, effective ways to boost children’s nutrition, health and educational achievement. With so much room for growth in the school breakfast program, the afterschool and summer meals programs, what can school districts do to increase access to the programs in their districts? Come learn about proven, innovative strategies school districts have employed to ensure all low-income students have access to the nutrition they need to thrive and reach their potential.
Presenters: Etienne Melcher, senior childhood nutrition program coordinator, Food Research and Action Center; Monique Cordova, Association of Arizona Food Banks
Access and Achievement

Friday, March 11, from 11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Eliminating Barriers for Under-Represented and Students of Color through Board Policy
Presenter: Mary Fertakis, M.Ed., Tukwila (Wash.) School District Governing Board Member, Past President of WSSDA, and Consultant for the National Connection Program of National School Boards Association
This session emphasizes the authority the school board has in its policy-making role and identifies how policies may unintentionally hinder a student’s ability to be successful. It helps Boards understand that they can significantly impact the inequities that currently exist in our schools and districts by using that authority in an informed, thoughtful manner, in partnership with their communities and the district’s leadership team. It empowers Boards to take the lead in ensuring equitable learning opportunities are available to all students.
Board Leadership

The ‘Taboo’ Topic of Poverty
There is a strong relationship between students’ socioeconomic status and their levels of academic achievement. Children under 18 years represent 23 percent of the population, but they comprise 33 percent of all people in poverty. Risks are greatest for children who experience poverty when they are young and/or experience deep and persistent poverty. Come to this session to discuss this sometimes forgotten or taboo topic of poverty and learn what some schools are doing to help students who find themselves growing up in these environments.
Presenter: Timi Tullis. Membership Services Director, Association of Alaska School Boards
Family/Cultural

A District’s Multiyear Journey to Cultural Competence
The Paradise Valley Unified School District set out on mission to achieve cultural competence, and equity and access for all students across the district. District leaders will outline the steps taken and challenges encountered during this multi-year journey. You will walk away with ideas and strategies to help you lead your district in taking on similar challenges.
Presenters: Dr. James Lee, superintendent, Chris Rossini, M.A., director of human resources, and Rita Tantillo, M.Ed., director of language acquisition, Paradise Valley USD
Board Leadership

Friday, March 11, from 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Majority Minority: Policy and Instructional Practices at Play for English Learners
Population demographics are changing in Arizona where the minority is becoming the majority. This means that, more commonly, English is not the primary language spoken in the home. This has ignited policy issues around the “opportunity gap,” school readiness, third grade reading proficiency and English Language Learners. It has also prompted discussion on instructional practices for children three to eight, who do not use English as their primary language. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to share thinking and learning grounded in practical implications at the Osborn School District with early childhood educators.
Presenters: Patricia Tate, superintendent, Osborn Elementary School District; Jenny Millinger, director of strategic engagement, Childsplay; Korbi Adams, director of education and school programs; Dr. Karen Ortiz, vice president and director of early grade success, Helios Education Foundation.
Access and Achievement

Rainbow Connection: Understanding the Issues Facing LGBT Students
Presenter: Kado Stewart and Stacey Jay Cavaliere, Program Directors, One n Ten; Ashley Archibald, site director, Q High School
Family/Cultural

A Culture of Equity: What Is It and How Do You Know if You Have One?
Attendees will hear from panelists who will share perspectives on equity in school governance, administration and leadership. The conversation will include ensuring equity is present in school districts from the classroom to the boardroom, and what we can do to be mindful that we are promoting and equitable environment for all.
Moderator: Stephanie Parra, governing board member, Phoenix Union High school District, and vice president, Arizona Latino School Board Association.
Panelists: Dr. Lily DeBlieux, superintendent, Pendergast Elementary School District; Jose Arenas, governing board president, Pendergast Elementary School District; and Marisol Garcia, teacher, Isaac Elementary School District.
Board Leadership

Aligning Philosophy and Programs, Equity for Our Most At-Risk Students in a Multi-Tiered System of Support
The common belief that leaders must make decisions about what is good for kids still holds merit, but there is a greater challenge to make decisions that are both good and equitable for all students. Building on a multi-tiered system of support, participants can begin the practice of checking alignment of programs and systems to district philosophy on equity and push for the types of professional development and programs to support at-risk students.
Presenters: Lori Shough, assistant superintendent for education innovation, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA); Allison Wiener, administrator for youth education engagement services, Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA).
Board Leadership


Registration Fee
Member district registration fee is $295/person. Non-member fee is $295/person. The fee includes all online conference materials, two continental breakfasts, two lunches and a reception. Registration and payment must be received by Monday, March 7, 2016.

Discounted pricing is available for districts registering teams of 8 or more. Call 602-254-1100 for details.

Late Registration

Refunds, Cancellations and Substitutions
The deadline for cancellations is Monday, March 7, 2016. Cancellations must be in writing and faxed to 602.254.1177 by that date. No shows will not be refunded. Those registered are entitled to send substitutes in their place.

Hotel Information
The Equity Event will be held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel at 1-17 and Dunlap. A block of rooms has been reserved with a special conference rate of $165 single/double. In order to reserve a room, please call 1-800-325-3535. In order to obtain the conference rate, please request the ASBA Equity Event rate. The cutoff date for reserving rooms in the block is Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Location
Sheraton Crescent Hotel

Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/10/2016 - 03/11/2016
All Day

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