Supporting Students with ASD as they Transition to College and the Workforce

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 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.

Automation and Policies to Create Equitable Access to Jobs of the Future

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.

It Takes a Village to Create High Tech Pathways

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.

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.