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Techquity: Creating Learning Environments For Sustainability, Equity and Access

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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 and 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

-Identify many of the status quo systems that exist and perpetuate inequities that exist in education
-Identify the key characteristics of 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

Ken Shelton has been an educator for over 20 years, many of which were spent teaching technology to middle school students. He has worked extensively at the policy level with a number of state departments of education, ministries of education and nonprofits, and was appointed to an Education Technology Task Force formed by a previous California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Shelton regularly gives keynote presentations and consults and leads workshops on educational technology, equity and inclusion, anti-racism, multimedia literacy, cultural intelligence, visual storytelling and instructional design. He’s an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and a Google Certified Innovator. In 2018, he earned ISTE’s Digital Equity PLN Excellence Award. He was also named an influencer to follow by EdTech Magazine. Shelton holds a master’s degree in education with specialties in edtech and new media design and production.

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