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The Digital Equity Cycle: Anti-Racist, Diverse and Inclusive Digital Education

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Dr. Desiree Alexander  
In education, we love hot new buzz words. And recently, digital equity has become very popular with not many understanding what it entails or how to unpack it. In this session, let’s start an authentic conversation on how to unpack anti-racist, anti-bias, diverse and inclusive digital education.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to empower educators to be more inclusive by considering how to create an anti-racist and diverse education. The purpose is also to empower diverse educators to affect the decision making on their campuses. We hope to encourage diverse educators to grow and enrich their own teaching and learning to empower them to participate in more decision making opportunities (a seat at the table).

Objectives:
--Participants will be able to proactively advocate for themselves and their students.
--Participants will build confidence in their ability to champion for their voice to be heard during educational decision-making opportunities, including technology implementation.
--Participants who are educational leaders will be able to self-reflect on their inclusion of more diverse educators in the decision making process.

Evidence of Success:
--During Session: Participation in Padlet discussion and in-person discussion
--During Session: Participation survey
--After Session: Participants including more diverse voices in decision-making
--After Session: Participants advocate for educational inclusion

Outline

90 minute Session
--Content Presented: Diversity, inclusion, educational decision-making, empowerment

--Audience Participation: Padlet and In-person Discussion

--Time:
5 minutes: Introduction
70 minutes: Interactive Panel Discussion with Activities
10 minutes: Question and Answer
5 minutes: Evaluation

--Process: This session will be interactive with participants speaking and working through these issues the entire time. This panel is discussion based so audience members will be discussing topics in small groups the entire time and completing activities to really delve into these issues. We will also have a designated in-person question and answer period where the audience can engage with the panel.

Supporting research

https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=2258

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-03-06-words-to-never-use-if-you-want-to-build-a-diverse-edtech-company

https://www.theedadvocate.org/analyzing-edtechs-diversity-problem/
https://www.techlearning.com/ed-tech-ticker/12188

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Presenters

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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC

Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator. She is Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She holds various teaching, administrative and technology certifications, including IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert. She is a 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau, 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers. Learn more: www.educatoralexander.com.

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