2021 Preconferences

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student
Cultural stereotypes exist about people and careers. Because of these stereotypes, we have implicit biases that manifest through micromessages. Bias and micromessages can accumulate to create barriers, but they can be diminished through thoughtful action. NAPE’s flagship curriculum leads participants through a process of reflection, examination, and action planning.

Explore Nontraditional Careers
Industry and government are calling for diversity in high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand CTE and STEM programs and pathways in order to grow the economy. Learn how NAPE’s framework can assist teachers, faculty, administrators, counselors, and other staff in increasing the participation, persistence, and completion of students in nontraditional career preparation programs.

Eliminating Barriers through Culturally Responsive Teaching
Research shows that when teaching is responsive to students’ cultural norms, improved student outcomes are realized. This workshop will help you to identify and utilize teaching strategies that foster an equitable learning environment by validating and incorporating diverse cultural perspectives and knowledge into any classroom.

Equity in Youth Apprenticeships
As communities look to alternative ways for students to achieve their career goals, more and more are looking to apprenticeships as a way to grow the workforce while minimizing student debt.  As youth apprenticeship programs are developed, it is imperative that equity be a major consideration in the system and program level design so that ALL students can benefit from this alternate career path. This session will focus on a NEW set of tools and resources developed in partnership with New America to help practitioners develop strategies to ensure that their programs produce equitable outcomes.


Wednesday, April 21st 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

Ensuring Equity in Problem-Based Learning
As PBL gains popularity in classrooms, it is important to clarify ways for the PBL to effectively reach and inspire every student. This workshop and toolkit provides an original framework and reflection tool designed to assist educators in creating, evaluating, and administering equitable and effective PBL lessons, specifically within STEM and CTE.

Students who maintain a high degree of self-efficacy are more agreeable to trying new tasks and persisting when tackling difficult problems; and they exhibit greater interest, motivation, and engagement. Self-efficacy has a lot to do with a student’s learning and choice of courses and careers. This workshop will help educators and counselors learn key tenets of self-efficacy, as well as research-based strategies that can increase their students’ self-efficacy, positively affecting academic achievement, advancement, and resilience.

Using a growth-mindset approach in teaching can be effective in developing equitable learning environments that support every student. This workshop will assist educators in transforming their practice to foster a growth mindset in themselves, and in their students. 

Leading for Equity
Educators want their students to succeed, and while school mission statements show commitments to equity, gaps persist. Leading for Equity addresses the critical ways in which an equity perspective reveals systemic changes necessary for student success. This session will focus on how to bring equity to the forefront of leaders’ work as we begin to: understand how unconscious bias is embedded in our educational systems. 


Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Equity Leadership Institute

  • Are you a leader within your institution or community who is interested in adopting an equity lens but doesn’t know where to start? 
  • Are you a leader who has begun this work in small ways but needs more tools and support to continue making impactful changes in your community?
  • Are you a leader seeking ways to be in community with others who share your life-long commitment to centering the needs of our most vulnerable populations?

NAPE’s Leadership Institute is for you. 

We are all experts of our own realities, and we each bring our own unique lenses to the work that we do. The culmination of our lived experiences, both environmental and interpersonal, make us into the unique leaders we are today. The Leadership Institute is designed with you in mind – we are here to meet you where you are and to create a pathway that guides you into the next stage of your learning journey by putting equity at the forefront. This opportunity will encourage internal and external transformation by providing you with the space and support for personal inquiry and growth that can then translate into shifts in policies and procedures, supervision, and overall community culture.   

The Leadership Institute will feature equity leaders including Dr. Gail C. Christopher, an award-winning social change agent who has spent decades leading national initiatives that tackle racial and ethnic disparities and whose visionary leadership, while at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, led to the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. This session will focus on increasing your understanding of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation framework within the context of this moment of racial reckoning within our country. Dr. Christopher will join other skilled facilitators as we move through participatory sessions that will:

  1. Center peer-to-peer learning,
  2. Learn about the 5 pillars of the TRHT Framework,
  3. Elevate traditionally marginalized voices,
  4. Build and strengthen regional and national relationships, and 
  5. Cultivate space for creating lasting change within ourselves, the institutions we lead, and the communities we live in through an aligned equity lens.  

Will you join us as we learn and grow as a collective of professionals who share a commitment to leading for equity?