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The Equity Event – 2019

February 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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This experience aims at taking you and your board from a deeper understanding of equity to strategic leadership and impact for closing the opportunity, access and achievement gaps in your schools.

ASBA’s Equity Event, February 13-15, 2019

This experience aims at taking you and your board from a deeper understanding of equity to strategic leadership and impact for closing the opportunity, access and achievement gaps in your schools.


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Arizona’s Native Roots” at the Heard Museum
In addition to general sessions, the pre-conference will include tours of two of the Heard’s nationally renowned, signature exhibits: “Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience” and “Native Peoples of the Southwest.”

General Session topics include:
• Historical and Intergenerational Trauma Among Native Populations
• Social and Health Impact of Intergenerational Trauma in Arizona Schools
• Achievement of Native American Students
• Native Customs and Traditions: Cultural Considerations for School Districts

Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Victor Rios, Award-winning university professor, author and speaker, on “Changing Mindsets: Moving from At-Risk to At-Promise” PLUS special screening of the 2018 award-winning documentary “The Pushouts,” based on his life.

Stay for a hosted networking reception sponsored by ASBA’s Black Caucus and Hispanic-Native Caucus from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Featuring Joy Mohammed, school counselor, author and well-known education equity blogger, leading the interactive workshop “Practicing Cultural Awareness, Agility & Competence: What Districts Can Do to Affirm and Value Diversity and Inclusion”

In addition, general sessions will dig deeper into ASBA’s “Leader for Equity Framework” and focus on:

  • Defining Equity within Your Community
  • Get Familiar with Your Demographics
  • Dig into Your Data and Identify Opportunities for Improvement
  • Practice Cultural Awareness, Agility & Competence
  • Make Sure the Student Voice is Heard


These pages are password protected and you will receive the password in an email and at the conference.
Materials: Pre-Conference, Main Conference

Registration Fee – Pre-Workshop, Wednesday, February 13
Member district registration fee is $125/person. Non-member fee is $125/person. The fee includes lunch and light refreshments.

Registration Fee – Main Workshop Thursday, February 14
The $295/person member registration fee includes access to online materials, continental breakfast on Thursday and Friday, snacks both days and lunch on Thursday. Non-member registration fee is $295/person.

Registration for both workshops closes on Friday, February 8, 2019. This is also the date for cancellations to be submitted. On-site registration will be accepted at an additional cost of $50.

Hotel Information:
For reservations at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, call 602.943.8200 no later than January 22, 2019. The ASBA conference room rate is $174 single/double. To receive the conference rate, please mention the ASBA Equity Workshop.

Refunds, Cancellations and Substitutions:
Cancellations for both workshops must be in writing and faxed to 602-254-1177 by Friday, February 8, 2019. No Shows will not be refunded. Those registered are entitled to send substitutes in their place.

Should you require assistance with the registration process, please call the ASBA office at 602-254-1100 or 1-800-238-4701.

The Equity Event Agenda - Wednesday, Feb 13th

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.Check-In &
Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.Welcome

Dr. Tim Ogle
Tracey Benson
9:15 - 11:00 a.m.Heard Museum Tour: HOME and Boarding School ExhibitsLearn about the Native peoples of the Southwest and the traditions of Native peoples of the past and present and examines their definition of home. Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience draws on first-person recollections, memorabilia and the writings and art of four generations of Indian school alumni.All AttendeesMuseum
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.Historical and Intergenerational Trauma Among Native Populations
Dr. Begay’s research interests include Native American health, especially in relation to the impact of American Indian historical trauma, and the subsequent evolution of intergenerational, maladaptive coping behaviors that contribute to the disproportionately high rates of stress-related chronic diseases, cancer, interpersonal violence, accidents, substance abuse, and addiction.Tommy Begay, Clinical Assistant Professor
in the Department of Psychiatry,
University of Arizona College of Medicine.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.LunchAll Attendees
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Social and Health Impact of Intergenerational Trauma in Arizona SchoolsOriginally from Dinétah, the Navajo Nation, Dr. Begay currently resides in Tucson, Arizona. He is associated with psychosocial health education programs, positive psychology, and self-empowering mechanisms associated with substance abuse recovery and behavior modification. Tommy Begay, Clinical Assistant Professor
in the Department of Psychiatry,
University of Arizona College of Medicine.
2:00 - 2:15 p.m.Break
2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
Achievement of Native American StudentsHow do our Native students perform in achievement profiles and what do board members and educators need to know about closing the achievement gap?Nadine Groenig, Director of Indian Education, Arizona Department of Education
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Native Customs and Traditions: Cultural Considerations for School DistrictsWhat do schools need to know about Native culture and how can they be purposeful about incorporating tradition into their classrooms?Denise Estudillo and Debra Stacey
Winslow Unified School District
4:00 p.m.Wrap-Up

The Equity Event Agenda - Thursday, Feb 14th

8:00 a.m.Registration and
Continental Breakfast
General Session Foyer
8:30 a.m.WelcomeGeneral Session Ballroom
8:45 a.m.Celebrating Five Years: The Journey Continues2019 marks ASBA’s 5th Equity Event!General Session Ballroom
9:00 a.m.Keynote speaker Dr. Victor Rios presents “Changing Mindsets: Moving from At-Risk to At-Promise” Dr. Victor Rios is an award-winning university professor, author and speaker – a former gang member and high school dropout. He works with educators and service providers on educational equity, cultural responsiveness, resilience, closing the opportunity gap, teacher well-being and restorative justice. The 2018 documentary “The Pushouts” tells his story.General Session Ballroom
10:00 a.m.BreakGeneral Session Ballroom
10:10 a.m.4 Surprising Measures of Equity that School Boards Should ConsiderDigging into data is an important part of the ASBA Equity Framework. In this session, we go beyond academic and discipline data to explore others. measures of equity. Foyer
11:10 a.m.Getting to Know You: Developing a Genuine Understanding of the Community You ServeContinuing with the Equity Framework, this session offers suggestions to develop deeper, more inclusive relationships with community.General Session Ballroom
12:00 p.m.LunchPatio
1:00 p.m.Defining Equity: What is Equity and How Do You Communicate It? Learn how to define equity and communicate that with your community to bring them along on your equity journey.General Session Ballroom
1:45 p.m.Movie Screening: “The Pushouts,” a documentary"The Pushouts" looks at questions of race, class and power - and the perils and promise of education. Our keynote, Dr. Victor Rios, is featured in this award-winning documentary by filmmakers Katie Galloway and Dawn Valadez. The film focuses on educational equity and supporting marginalized students. This is its Arizona premier!General Session Ballroom
2:45 p.m.BreakGeneral Session Ballroom
3:00 p.m.Reflection: Leadership Responses to the Pushout ProblemQ&A and group conversation with “The Pushouts” filmmaker Dawn ValadezGeneral Session Ballroom
3:30 p.m.Hosted ReceptionEnjoy networking, drinks and hors d’oeuvres at this lively event hosted by the ASBA Black Caucus and ASBA Hispanic – Native Caucus.General Session Ballroom
5:00 p.m.Close of Thursday session

The Equity Event Agenda - Friday, Feb 15th

8:00 a.m.Continental BreakfastFoyer
8:30 a.m.Welcome and
Re-Cap of Day 1
Nikkie Whaley, Board Support and Field Services Specialist, ASBA
8:45 a.m.Practicing Cultural Awareness, Agility, & Competence: What Can Districts Do to Affirm and Value Diversity and Inclusion? Joy Mohammed, a School Counselor social media influencer in the area of educational equity, will facilitate this interactive session where participants will discuss what it means to see color. Participants will explore the differences between recognizing color, and racism, and how that plays out in our policy making and in the classroom.

Participants will leave the conference with an understanding of the ‘how’ to implement strategies and practices which acknowledge students' color and unique heritage

General Session Ballroom
10:00 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m.Nothing About Us Without Us: The Importance of Student Voice Another component to ASBA Equity Framework is student voice. Hear from districts and students on how to incorporate student voice as part of an effort to increase equity.
11:15 a.m.Going Forward: What Can Districts Do to Start/Continue Their Equity Journey?Draft a plan for how your district can progress in your equity journey
12:00 p.m.Close of Equity Event


February 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am
February 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Sheraton Cresent Hotel
2620 W Dunlap Ave
Phoenix, 85021 United States
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