About the Summit

Now more than ever, it is evident that a paradigm shift is needed to transform our current systems and structures in education in ways that truly serve our most marginalized and vulnerable students, families, and communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated equity gaps in career and technical and STEM education leading to high-skill, high-wage, in-demand careers. The solutions to the complex challenges of today lie in the wisdom of practitioners, researchers, and the students and families we serve.

The National Summit for Educational Equity brings together administrators, teachers/instructors, counselors, and educational leaders to focus on the individual, institutional, and systems-level work that is required to identify and remove barriers to access and opportunity; foster equitable learning environments, including online and in hybrid formats; and increase and support workforce diversity so that every individual can thrive.

This national conference focuses on educational equity and social justice at the intersections of race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation, and socioeconomics. The conference offers learning and community building opportunities through virtual workshops, interactive learning sessions, and networking events to strengthen and build our capacity to advocate and organize for change within our communities, and throughout the nation.

To address these realities in an authentic, thoughtful, and innovative way, NAPE is requesting proposals for the 2021 summit that align to any of the following three strands. At the conference there will also be a Public Policy and Advocacy strand that will be filled separately. For those interested in the Public Policy Strand, please email nape@napequity.org for further information.


Equitable Learning Environments in a COVID-19 Reality

Effective practices to foster equitable learning environments are important for online and hybrid learning. What is working and why, and how can it be replicated by others? How is this changing the way we teach and students learn? How are we meeting students’ needs?

Creating equitable learning environments requires us to move beyond concepts such as diversity and inclusion and towards creating learning environments where marginalized groups experience true belonging and celebration of life, and where every student can thrive.

Topics may include: effective teaching and learning practices, anti-racist teaching and curriculum, critical pedagogy, transformative justice, innovative work-based learning practices, and practices to elevate student voice.

Access and Equity in CTE and STEM for Underrepresented Students

Ensuring all students have access to high quality CTE/STEM education is essential to achieving economic justice for marginalized communities. This strand will focus on programmatic, administrative, and community mechanisms that have been effective in addressing racial and ethnic disparities, disparities for students from special populations, including students with disabilities, low-income students, and students from the expanded definition of special populations in Perkins V.

Perkins V calls on educators to identify and remove barriers for students from special populations, including students from underrepresented groups by gender, race, and ethnicity. By prioritizing the well-being and success of communities often overlooked and undervalued in our learning environments, we will succeed in the transformation of our CTE/STEM classrooms and workforce. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring equitable access and opportunity has been particularly challenging. This strand will focus on effective strategies, mechanisms, and approaches that have worked to address equity gaps.

Topics may include: Innovative policies, practices, and programs that are effective in increasing access and equity in CTE and STEM for underrepresented groups, innovative school and out-of-school models where learning is being restructured to be more responsive to the needs of students and communities in a post-COVID-19 reality, authentic stakeholder engagement, and topics addressing MOA.

Foster a Diverse Workforce

How is education and industry effectively developing policies, programs, and services to ensure a diverse workforce?
Fostering a diverse workforce requires educators and industry leaders to consistently work towards adopting and practicing an anti-oppressive lens in their work. This requires a life-time commitment to internal reflection, behavior change, and accountability. By strengthening the connection between educational equity and economic justice, we will create systems that transfer power and support to marginalized individuals, families, and communities.

Topics may include: equitable youth apprenticeship models and practices, best practices in bridging school and workforce systems, disrupting dominant culture in the workplace, and creating healthy systems of institutional accountability that are relevant to educators, intermediaries, and workforce professionals.


This conference is designed for educators, workforce development professionals, and advocates dedicated to removing barriers to equitable opportunity in education and the workforce. Proposals should be drafted to address the following audiences: secondary/postsecondary educators, career and technical education and workforce development professionals, researchers, administrators, counselors, data specialists, business representatives, and/or nonprofit staff.

To Apply

All submissions must include the following information. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The submission deadline is January 10, 2021. Notification letters will be sent to the primary presenter via email before the end January of 2021. Selected presenters will have two weeks to accept the invitation.

Federal Public Policy proposals will be accepted until January 29, 2021. All  submissions should offer a COVID-19/Post COVID-19 perspective. Notification letters/emails will be sent to the primary presenter via email by February 26, 2021. Selected presenters will have 2 weeks to accept the invitation. Click here to submit your Public Policy Proposal.

Presenter Information

Name, job title, organization, address, city, state, zip, phone, email, additional information will be collected via the WHOVA app from those who are selected.

Description of Presentation

  • Title of Presentation
  • Conference strand
  • Type of presentation: research/evaluation, tools, implementation/practice, outreach, other
  • Population(s) that your presentation will focus on: Single Parents, Individuals with Disabilities, Older Workers, Out-of-work Individuals, Youth, Individuals Pursuing Nontraditional Careers, English Learners, Underrepresented Groups in STEM, Economically Disadvantaged, Veterans or Military Personnel, Adult Learners, Specific Ethnic/Racial Population, Homeless Individuals, Other.
  • Intended audience for your presentation and your expectations about their level of experience with your topic.
  • Abstract (max. 500 characters including spaces) that describes your presentation. The abstract will be used for the program guide. NAPE reserves the right to edit the abstract.
  • Full description (max. 10,000 characters including spaces) of the proposed presentation. Because successful presenters will meet the criteria noted in the ‘proposal tips and guidelines’ section, please include explanations to each in your description.


Presenters must be available on Monday (4/26), Tuesday (4/27) or Thursday (4/29) to present.

Proposal Tips and Guidelines

Workshops are 60 minutes in length. Successful presenters:

  • have firsthand experience with their topic and understand their audience;
  • provide practical-application-focused information;
  • engage participants;
  • provide useful handouts for workshop attendees;
  • present effective strategies focused on one or more special populations or other underrepresented groups; and
  • align with the theme of the conference.

Audiovisual Needs and Handouts

All presentations will take place within the Zoom or Webex platform. Presenters must have a high speed internet connection, computer, high quality web camera, and a headset with speaker and microphone, and be comfortable managing the presentation remotely. Presenters must have competency with presenting in Zoom/Webex and commit to presenting from a place with a stable and adequate internet connection.

Registration Information

Presenters must register for the Summit and must cover all expenses associated. Summit fees for all current students selected to present will be waived. For more information, visit nsee.info. Selected presenters will be allowed to register at the Early Bird rate. For more information about the proposal process or the Summit, visit nsee.info, call (717) 407-5118, or email speakers@napequity.org.