April 18, 2018 by

Four Pathways to Equity in Education for All Students

“Sit’ n’ git.”

Cue the eye rolling, thumbs down, gritted teeth, and/or any other emoticon that conveys what a waste of valuable educator time this kind of professional development typically turns out to be—the type that never seems to produce its promised return on investment.  

When today’s busy educators devote precious time to PD, they need proven strategies, targeted tools, and practical tactics that are mapped specifically to the challenges they face with their students. That’s why, when ASCD starting planning the summer 2018 Conference on Teaching Excellence (June 29-July 1 in Grapevine, Texas), we made it our priority to design an immersive Learn and Do experience for every participant.

If you are a passionate, innovative educator who is committed to equity—for each student in your district, school, or classroom—then this is the professional development conference for you. Bring your most challenging, specific problems and get ready to participate in an intensive, hands-on conference experience, one where you will collaborate with national experts, share experiences and knowledge with your professional peers from across the country, and learn from inspirational speakers committed to pioneering solutions for tackling inequities in schools.

Oh, and make sure that you reserve room in your suitcase when you get ready to pack up and leave. Because we are sending you back home with a concrete action plan—one that you’ve specifically developed while attending the conference—that will equip you with immediate actions to address student inequities across one or all of these pathways:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM):Students of color and girls continue to be underrepresented in these fields of study and work. Rigorous, engaging STEAM-based learning advances equity for all.
  • Community and Family Engagement:Leveraging family and community strengths supports the education and development of the whole child—every day and year-round.
  • Underserved Populations (EL, SPED, DACA, Families in Poverty, Trauma):Many children require specific instructional supports to reach their full potential, such as children living in poverty, those with disabilities, or who are English Language Learners, and/or are living in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy.
  • Teacher Leadership:Empowered educators use their talents, passions, and interests to positively influence students’ learning, transform the profession, and inform change at the school, district, state, and national levels.

ASCD’s 2018 Conference on Teaching Excellence reimagines what a conference-going experience should be so that educators experience transformative learning. Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to attend several sessions and a keynote address in their choice of pathways for equity. They will immerse themselves in the important work of developing and executing a comprehensive equity action plan and goals tied to a problem of practice. The action plans will be exhibited so that constructive feedback can offered by professional peers as well as the expert facilitators in attendance.

Every educator who is committed to helping vulnerable populations succeed, students impacted by trauma, and/or those historically underrepresented in specific professions should attend this transformative conference where theory meets practice.

Here’s a snapshot of the expert presenters and facilitators we’ve assembled to inform and guide your equity action planning:

Questions about this new format? Want to understand how you can hit the ground running at the conference and make the most of your time in addressing the multifaceted issue of equity? Sign up now for ASCD’s webinar, “Navigating ASCD’s 2018 Conference on Teaching Excellence: Pathways to Equity,” April 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Team registration is encouraged so that you can maximize the learning experience with your colleagues! You’ll save money on registration fees when seven or more educators from your school or organization register together.

Everything you want to know about this conference can be found on our website so we encourage you to check it out.

Understanding the full impact of inequities is the first step to creating healthy environments, supportive schools, and targeted instruction that helps all students engage in meaningful opportunities to expand their learning and heighten their achievement. Attend ASCD’s 2018 Conference on Teaching Excellence for proven solutions, game-changing ideas, and the tools you need to create pathways to equity for all. Each and every student needs and deserves a safe, challenging, and supportive learning environment—especially students who have special needs, cultural or language differences, or live in poverty, or are historically underrepresented in specific professions.

“Sit’ n’ git” or Learn and Do?

How would you rather spend your valuable professional development time and resources?

MacKenzie Masten is the Social Media Strategist for ASCD and Managing Editor for Inservice. She is the voice behind ASCD's social media presence and her writing can be found on Inservice and ThinkFun Education. You can connect with her @kenziemasten.