The Equity Event 2022

March 3, 2022 - March 4, 2022

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Dr. Francesca Lopez

Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy and Professor of Education, Penn State University College of Education

Educational equity has long been identified as necessary to address opportunity gaps and increase achievement for each and every student in our schools. However, conversations about equity in schools have resulted in some having negative reactions causing many districts to avoid the topic entirely. In this keynote, Dr. Francesca Lopez will discuss how misconceptions around equity have shown up throughout the history of education and what boards can do to address that may be impacting their equity work.

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Dr. Cristobal Rodriguez

Associate Dean of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

A student’s educational experience does not occur in a vacuum. It is impacted by the system in which they find themselves. In his keynote, Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez will share the work he is doing at ASU to embed equity into the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in order to improve outcomes. He will share successes and lessons learned and provide tips for how districts can pursue similar efforts at the local level.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration

Pick up your materials and enjoy beverage service prior to the start of the conference.

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening & Welcome

Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, Executive Director, ASBA; Monica Trejo, President, ASBA Board of Directors; PLUS... student performers

Welcome

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9:30 am - 10:30 am

Keynote: Equity in a Divided Community: How We Can Move Forward Together for Every Student

Dr. Francesca Lopez, Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy and Professor of Education, Penn State University College of Education

Educational equity has long been identified as necessary to address opportunity gaps and increase achievement for each and every student in our schools. However, conversations about equity in schools have resulted in some having negative reactions causing many districts to avoid the topic entirely. In this keynote, Dr. Francesca Lopez will discuss how misconceptions around equity have shown up throughout the history of education and what boards can do to address that may be impacting their equity work.

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10:30 am - 10:45 am

Stories from the Field: Arizona Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors of Excellence

Nikkie Whaley, Board Support and Equity Services Manager, ASBA

Throughout the event, five of Arizona's most exemplary teachers, including 2022 Teacher of the Year Nancy Parra-Quinlan, will share their personal stories of the transformative impact of educational equity.

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10:45 am - 11:00 am

Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Understanding Our Students: Focus- System Involved Youth: Foster Care

Ashely Dickerson, Senior Education Liaison, Maricopa County, FosterEd; Jennie Hedges, Program Manager, Pima County, FosterEd

There are many influences, characteristics and circumstances that can impact our student access and outcomes. We will highlight the experience and needs of students in foster care.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Understanding Our Students: Focus - System Involved Youth: Juvenile Justice

There are many influences, characteristics and circumstances that can impact our student access and outcomes. We will highlight the experience and needs of students who have interacted with the juvenile justice system.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

Lunch is provided.

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Understanding Our Students: Focus- Student Experiencing Homelessness

Dana Bailey, Chief Operating Officer, Homeless Youth Connection; Lisa Miller, Director of Youth Services, Homeless Youth Connection; Cyndi Tercero, Family and Community Engagement Manager, Phoenix Union HSD

There are many influences, characteristics and circumstances that can impact our student access and outcomes. We will highlight the experience and needs of students without stable housing.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Understanding Our Students: Focus - Disability: Physical

There are many influences, characteristics and circumstances that can impact our student access and outcomes. We will highlight the experience and needs of students with physical disabilities.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Understanding Our Students: Focus - Disability: Emotional

Dr. Kathy Bohan, Ed.D., NCSP, President, Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP); Dr. Marsha Spencer, Assistant Program Coordinator for the School Psychology, University of Arizona-Chandler; James Bock, Director of Social Emotional Learning, Florence USD; Robert Edwards, Principal, Mountain Vista Academy, Florence USD

There are many influences, characteristics and circumstances that can impact our student access and outcomes. We will highlight the experience and needs of students with emotional disabilities.

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Break

2:40 pm - 3:30 pm

Workshop with Keynote Speaker Dr. Francesca Lopez

Dr. Francesca Lopez, Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy and Professor of Education, Penn State University College of Education

What do school leaders need to effectively advocate for all students? What tools or information is needed to increase awareness and support of educational equity? Through this workshop, you will influence the development of a national bank of user-friendly, research-based resources that educational leaders can use to advocate for and influence change.

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3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Workshop: Demonstrating Your Why Through Storytelling

Heidi Vega, Director of Communications, ASBA; Julie Bacon, Leadership Development Manager, ASBA

In this workshop, you will get a crash course in the importance of storytelling and learn how you can use storytelling in your role to demonstrate why your district is committed equity and the success of each and every student.

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4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing and Prize Drawing

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour Mixer and Networking

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Friday, March 4, 2022

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Check-In

Enjoy beverage service prior to the start of Day 2

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Opening & Welcome

Tracey Benson, Associate Executive Director, ASBA, PLUS... Student Performers

Welcome and Ambassador of Excellence Videos

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Keynote: Connecting the Dots for Systemic Equity- How Sustaining Change is Made

Dr. Cristobal Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

A student’s educational experience does not occur in a vacuum, it is influenced by the system in which they find themselves. In this session, Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez will share the work he is doing at ASU to embed equity into the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in order to systemically improve educational opportunity, access, and success for all communities. He will share successes and lessons learned and provide considerations for how districts can do this work at the local level and be part of a system-wide solution.

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10:10 am - 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions: Focus on Feedback (choose from 2)

  • Focus on Feedback - 101: How Do You Collect Meaningful Feedback from Stakeholders?
    Feedback from stakeholders can provide valuable insights into district practices and suggestions for how to improve your schools. Surveys are the most common way to collect feedback, but not all surveys are created equal. In this session, we will share tips for a more effective feedback collection process. Presenters: Emily Waszolek, Director of Communications, Creighton ESD; Nikkie Whaley, Board Support and Equity Services Manager, ASBA
  • Focus on Feedback - 201: We Have the Feedback, but Now What?
    You may have heard the saying, "Data rich and information poor." Sometimes districts have loads of good feedback data, but are not sure how to use it to reach their goals. In this session, we will demonstrate how survey data can be integrated into your planning and decision-making practices.

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions: Focus on Inclusion (choose from 2)

  • Focus on Inclusion - 101: What is an "Inclusive Environment?"
    We all want our families, students and teachers to feel welcomed in our schools, but that takes more than good intentions. Actions can speak louder than words. In this session, we will explain what an inclusive environment is and how to start creating it. Presenters: Molly Hagan, Outreach Director, Panorama Education; and representatives from Casa Grande ESD
  • Focus on Inclusion - 201: Building Space for Representative Voices in District Decision-Making.
    Those that have been working to promote equity in their districts understand that representation matters. An inclusive environment is the first step to helping others feel welcomed, but more is needed to ensure representative voices are at the table when it comes to district decision-making that impacts your diverse school community. Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Cruz, Superintendent, Pendergast ESD

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

Lunch is provided.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In Their Words: What Opportunity and a Fair Chance Mean to Students

Hear directly from students about their experiences and what they need and want from their school leaders when it comes to educational equity.

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Closing and Prize Drawing

Additional Information

March 3, 2022

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Event Registration

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