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Techquity: Creating Learning Environments For Sustainability, Equity and Access

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 112AB

Kenneth Shelton  
Learn how to address one of the biggest challenges schools face today -- providing students with equitable and accessible learning opportunities. Explore strategies on how to create sustainable and universally accessible equity solutions and how technology can be a catalyst for equitable access to meaningful and engaging learning environments.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Digital equity
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The primary purpose of this session is to provide a detailed analysis into why we must ensure our students are provided a diverse and equitable educational experience. Further expanding on the primary purpose will be a look at how technology serves as both a needed and critical component to that end. Participants will be taken through an experiential session involving polling, discussions, collaborative online platforms, and resources.
Participants will be able to:
-Identify the key reasons why our students must have appropriate access to technology
-Identify many of the status quo systems that exist and perpetuate inequities that exist in education
-Identify the key characteristics on what an equitably sustainable learning environment looks like
-Identify the purpose and importance of providing teachers and students with diversity in both who they learn with and who they learn from
-Key steps to developing a sustainable and inclusive learning environment
-Primary characteristics of what the term "universal access" truly means


Introduction and overview with intended goals (5 minutes)

The Importance and The Why- Equity (15 minutes) Identification of the key characteristics and necessity
The Importance and The Why- Diversity (15 minutes) Examination of the challenges and the importance of ensuring diversity of learning
The Importance and The Why- Sustainability (15 minutes) Looking at models of efficiency and sustainability for increased likelihood of success and engagement
Conclusions (5 minutes)
Final Questions and Remarks (5 minutes)

Supporting research

Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders
The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel
Why American Schools Are Even More Unequal Than We Thought
Building Racial and Cultural Competence in the Classroom (Book)
The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
Equal Justice Initiative
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools
Studying Diversity in Teacher Education
The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children
Excellence Through Equity
Interview with Dr. Pedro Noguera
Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

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Kenneth Shelton, Elevate Education Inc.

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level. Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken regularly gives keynotes and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Equity and Inclusion, Multimedia Literacy, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner. Ken is currently a Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist.

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