Educators’ Beliefs: The Answer to Increasing Access to STEM Educators’ Beliefs: The Answer to Increasing Access to STEM
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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 “Not In Our House!”: A state agency’s preliminary self-examination to build capacity for equity-minded leadership
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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 Data Matters: Transparent Data to Advance Equity
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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 Becoming a Threat to Educational Inequity: The Equity Literacy Framework
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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 Change through Dialog: Working Together to Improve Education and Employment Outcomes for Deaf Individuals
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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
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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.

Dual Enrollment and Equity Through a Federal Policy Lens Dual Enrollment and Equity Through a Federal Policy Lens
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TUESDAY | YORKTOWN

Charting the Path to Equity: A Leader’s Role Charting the Path to Equity: A Leader’s Role
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TUESDAY | ROANOKE
With managing daily operational tasks, it’s easy to forget the greater purpose of the work of administrators. The opportunities we provide adult learners has the potential to level the playing field for those students most in need. This is only true to the extent that leaders are ensuring that students have equitable access to educational opportunities that can transform their lives. In this session, participants will reflect the role of leaders for equity and learn strategies for equity.

Strategic Approach to STEM Equity in the State of New Jersey Strategic Approach to STEM Equity in the State of New Jersey
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TUESDAY | WILLIAMSBURG
As part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Pathway Network of New Jersey, the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education directed the establishment of a subcommittee to address increasing equity in STEM for the State of New Jersey. The group is comprised of experts from academia, non- profits, industry, and elementary education administrators with practical experience implementing STEM programs. A description of the strategic approach and lessons learned will be provided.

Math Matters! Utilizing a Data-Driven Approach to Identify and Eliminate Disparities Math Matters! Utilizing a Data-Driven Approach to Identify and Eliminate Disparities
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TUESDAY | MONROE
Rigorous math matters! The Greater Texas Foundation partnered with E3 Alliance in a statewide analysis, finding high school math enrollment patterns are a game-changer for postsecondary completion. In response, Central Texas is committed to addressing stark economic and ethnicity gaps by 8th grade through a data-driven approach to increase access to advanced mathematics. Attendees will receive strategies and tools for facilitating conversations around systemic changes to improve access.

Equitable Leadership Impacting Institutional Change & Positive Outcomes Equitable Leadership Impacting Institutional Change & Positive Outcomes
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
Designing solutions that create equity in STEM is a priority at FIRST. In addition to a D&I initiatives overview, we’ll provide activities, strategies and tools from three equitable leadership practices: 1) the strategic Equity Priority Plan with department/program annual Equity Action Plans, 2) the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee with associated tools, and 3) the Designing STEM Equity Fellowship--an 18-month leadership development, solutions-generation program and curriculum.

NSF’s Advanced Technological Education Program: Funding Innovative Equity Initiatives at Community Colleges NSF’s Advanced Technological Education Program: Funding Innovative Equity Initiatives at Community Colleges
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TUESDAY | CRYSTAL
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program provides grants to develop America’s technician workforce for advanced technologies through two-year workforce education programs at community and technical colleges. This session will present an overview of the NSF ATE program, outline the process for developing a grant proposal, tips for developing a competitive proposal, and highlight current grants that are focused on underrepresented populations.

Supporting Students with ASD as they Transition to College and the Workforce Supporting Students with ASD as they Transition to College and the Workforce
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TUESDAY | RICHMOND
As the number of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, many students with ASD are now entering college and the workplace. Participants will be able to recognize when interacting with a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), describe the characteristics of student with ASD: what it looks like in the college setting and identify strategies that can be used to help students on the autism spectrum succeed and transition to college and/or the workplace.

Youth Apprenticeship and the Equity Imperative Youth Apprenticeship and the Equity Imperative
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TUESDAY | ROANOKE
Youth apprenticeship is increasingly lauded as a debt-free path to higher education and high-wage jobs, particularly for students disproportionately barred from those opportunities. The burgeoning national landscape of programs provide little consensus on who youth apprenticeship is for. Can youth apprenticeship and similar approaches be paths to equity, or will they become the newest iteration of high school tracking? Join us for a presentation followed by small-group discussions.

It Takes a Village to Create High Tech Pathways It Takes a Village to Create High Tech Pathways
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TUESDAY | MONROE
The lack of diversity in the tech industry has generated significant attention in recent years. We’ll explore the underrepresentation of African Americans in high tech careers, along with “the pipeline problem,” a commonly cited reason for this occurrence. We’ll also discuss other explanations grounded in statistics, social science research, and anecdotal insight. Participants will brainstorm opportunities to create pathways to high tech to inform professional practices of industry leaders.

SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Strategies for High School STEM and CTE Educators SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Strategies for High School STEM and CTE Educators
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TUESDAY | WILLIAMSBURG
Want to motivate and inspire more girls to consider non-traditional careers in STEM and the trades? Learn how to use research-based gender equity strategies to spark girls’ futures!

Teacher Identity and Attitudes: Strategies for Disrupting Inequity in Education Teacher Identity and Attitudes: Strategies for Disrupting Inequity in Education
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TUESDAY | CRYSTAL
This session will present research examining the ways White teachers perceive and respond to student behavior based on race. Findings from a study involving 125 White teachers from school districts in New England that reported disproportionate discipline rates will be presented. Participants in this session will self-reflect on their own beliefs and biases, use multiple lenses to review information shared by others, and collaborate to offer take-away strategies to disrupt inequity in education.

Automation and Policies to Create Equitable Access to Jobs of the Future Automation and Policies to Create Equitable Access to Jobs of the Future
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TUESDAY | YORKTOWN
Digitalization, artificial intelligence, and automation are projected to impact a large number of occupations in the coming decades. This session will review the threats and opportunities posed by automation to different groups of women. It will then discuss how automation and gender equitable access to CTE and workforce development fits into current federal policy discussions, from Perkins to apprenticeship policy.