Think about the ideal professional development conference for educators—one that’s focused on ensuring educational equity for each and every student.
Starting on day 1, each attendee (like you!) begins developing a concrete action plan that’s tailored toward a specific equity-related challenge. Inspiring keynote speakers share how they successfully tackled similar problems. Significant blocks of time are set aside for hands-on collaboration and on-the-spot problem solving, guided by teams of content experts and professional peers. In just three days, each attendee completes a peer-reviewed action plan, one that can be put to work as soon as they return to their district, school and/or classroom.
This PD opportunity isn’t the stuff of myths. It’s ASCD’s new Conference on Teaching Excellence, June 29–July 1, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. This is “Learn and Do” not “Sit’n’Git”.
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. That’s why ASCD created an event that includes proven solutions, game-changing ideas, and the tools each attendee needs to create pathways to equity for all students.
You will dive into the work on the first day. In the first planning session, you will:
- Connect with colleagues in small groups to share and explore your personal experiences with equity. Each of us has a story that deserves to be heard.
- Answer the “why” behind developing and executing a comprehensive equity plan in the form of an action plan, using the planning guide and the pathways to equity.
- Identifying a Problem of Practice that aligns to your chosen equity pathway.
The conference is organized around the following four 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.
To learn more, check out the conference schedule. It’s packed with noted educators, authors, speakers and advocates, each of whom stands ready to help you experience transformative learning.
Register now to attend—and save money by bringing your team. Pre-conference institutes will be held Thursday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Hit the ground running at this summer conference and make the most of your time addressing multifaceted issues of equity.