Educators’ Beliefs: The Answer to Increasing Access to STEM
TUESDAY | MONROE
Demographic shifts are creating the necessity for K-12 systems to actively engage the challenge of school transformation. Policies, practices, and procedures are no longer sufficient to serve the range of diversity that constitutes the growing student groups comprising many large systems across the country. Baltimore County Public Schools has been engaging in systemic equity training in response to changes in its student and community demographic, specifically challenging staff to consider how race, gender, socioeconomic status, language, and access to rigor impacts the schooling process. The examination of which allows for an analysis of how educator beliefs impact outcomes that promote or detract from students’ access to enrollment in higher level courses that will lead to developing skills necessary to choose STEM careers. This presentation will describe the process, lessons learned, and next steps in this systemic work.
“Not In Our House!”: A state agency’s preliminary self-examination to build capacity for equity-minded leadership
TUESDAY | ROANOKE
In 2017, the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges stepped into the challenge of determining critical diversity and equity goals. Join the presenters in exploring the first year of a systemic equity transformation process. Changing institutional culture by way of collaborative inquiry, system partnerships, and leadership development will be key areas of discussion. Leave the session with insights on how you can begin to address disparities within your own institution.
Data Matters: Transparent Data to Advance Equity
TUESDAY | YORKTOWN
There are significant gaps in our information about post-secondary education and training. We do not know how much students earn after graduating from a program of study or how many are employed. We do not know how these outcomes vary by race/ethnicity, gender, or other student characteristics. This session will discuss the College Transparency Act that would amend the Higher Education Act to provide such information, and how this information would advance efforts to achieve equity.
Becoming a Threat to Educational Inequity: The Equity Literacy Framework
TUESDAY | CRYSTAL
Many diversity frameworks focus on vague notions of culture (like cultural competence) or detour around inequity. The equity literacy framework helps us maximize integrity of equity initiatives by avoiding detours. Based on the idea that there is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity, it cultivates in educators the ability to be threats to inequity. In this workshop I introduce equity literacy and how it helps us focus on rooting injustices out of schools.
Change through Dialog: Working Together to Improve Education and Employment Outcomes for Deaf Individuals
TUESDAY | RICHMOND
The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) will share how we use data-informed root causes to (a) promote evidence-based strategies and (b) foster supportive relationships with local communities, both in an effort to improve educational and employment outcomes for a diverse deaf population. NDC will share examples of evidence-based practices, resources, and activities through this OSEP-funded technical assistance center.
Utilizing NAPE’s Resources and Services and Our Unique Approach to Professional Learning
TUESDAY | WILLIAMSBURG
Experience NAPE’s unique approach to professional learning through the process we use (the Program Improvement Process for Equity/PIPE) and the lens we apply (the Micromessaging Cultural Framework), and explore how these approaches are embedded in our Suite of Professional Development Programs. Participants will see these tools applied in the context of NAPE’s turnkey toolkits, including Explore Nontraditional Careers, Explore STEM Careers, Realizing Potential with Mindset, Inspiring Courage to Excel through Self-Efficacy, Ensuring Equity in Problem-Based Learning, and the latest Eliminating Barriers through Culturally Responsive Teaching, and its new Career Guidebooks focused on the Construction and Manufacturing industries. Walk away with actionable items to help you and your team to implement effective solutions to increase student access, educational equity, and ultimately workforce diversity in your community and state.