Techquity: Creating Learning Environments For Sustainability, Equity and Access

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

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, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Equity & inclusion
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
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


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 by Randall B. Lindsey, Kikanza Nuri Robins, and Raymond D. Terrell

The Book of Unknown Americans: A novel by Cristina Henríquez

Why American Schools Are Even More Unequal Than We Thought

Building Racial and Cultural Competence in the Classroom (Book) by Karen Manheim Teel (Editor), Jennifer E. Obidah (Editor)

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: Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classrooms" by Dr. Tyrone Howard

"Studying Diversity in Teacher Education" by Cynthia A. Tyson, Arnetha Ball

"The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children" by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

"Excellence Through Equity" by Pedro Noguera, Alan M. Blankstein, Lorena Kelly

Interview with Dr. Pedro Noguera

"Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students" by Zaretta Hammond

"For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Y'all Too" by Dr. Christopher Emdin

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Kenneth Shelton, Elevate Education

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