Becoming a Threat to Educational Inequity: The Equity Literacy Framework

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.

Teacher Identity and Attitudes: Strategies for Disrupting Inequity in Education

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.

NSF’s Advanced Technological Education Program: Funding Innovative Equity Initiatives at Community Colleges

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.

Shifting a Culture: Overrepresentation of African American Males in “Negative” Educational Experiences

Research shows that negative school experiences that include suspensions, enrollment in lower level courses, poor peer and adult interactions and low academic attainment exacerbates poor adult experiences and promotes linkage from the School to Prison Pipeline. During this session, participants will understand how placement on the Cultural Proficiency Continuum can alleviate or lessen these negative experiences.

Correctional Education in California’s Prisons: A Collaboration Between California’s Departments of Education and Corrections and Rehabilitation

Correctional Education in California’s Prisons: A Collaboration between California’s Departments of Education and Corrections and Rehabilitation will explore academic and career technical education opportunities for adult learners incarcerated in California’s prisons. Attendees will learn how this unique collaboration is contributing to safer institutions and safer communities, and providing pathways to success for California inmates upon reentry.