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Take Action: Cultivating an Equity Mindset When Designing Educator Learning Experiences

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Location: Room 295-6
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Jillian Doggett  
Dr. Rita Fennelly-Atkinson  
Dr. Courtney Teague  

In this session, you will focus on defining equitable learning experiences and the action steps needed to cultivate a mindset focused on closing equity and achievement gaps. The session will focus on how to ensure that instructional strategies using technology are truly implemented in an equitable manner.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants are encouraged to bring devices to fully participate in session activities.
Topic: Equity and inclusion
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
  • Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to:
-Make impactful, inclusive decisions that make learning designs more equitable
-Assess if structures, processes, and/or social interactions are equitable
-Work more effectively with teams across lines of difference

Participants will leave with examples of how to address common challenges when focusing on increasing equity in instructional programs using technology.



Supporting research

Coaching for Equity by Elena Aguilar

Equity by Design by Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak

Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning by Andratesha Fritzgerald

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Jillian Doggett, Digital Promise

Jillian Doggett is an Associate Director for Professional Learning for Verizon Innovative Learning Schools at Digital Promise. Before joining Digital Promise, Jillian was an Instructional Technology Coach. In that role, Jillian partnered with teachers to ensure that all students had access to technology-rich, high-quality learning experiences. Before that, Jillian worked as a K-8 science specialist, where she coached teachers to support the implementation of innovative science instruction in both face-to-face and blended learning environments. In addition, Jillian previously taught secondary science and robotics courses as a classroom teacher and worked as an instructional designer and curriculum developer.

Dr. Rita Fennelly-Atkinson, Digital Promise

Rita Fennelly-Atkinson has worked as an instructional designer, technology coach, and researcher in PK12, higher education, and the nonprofit sector. With more than 15 years of experience in education, she is passionate about ensuring equitable access to learning through inclusive instructional design. Rita received her bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s in secondary education from Concordia University, Irvine. She is currently a doctoral candidate studying accessibility issues in online higher education at Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Courtney Teague, Verizion Innovative Learning Schools

Dr. Courtney L. Teague is the Director of Professional Learning Content and Learner Experience with the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools initiative at Digital Promise Global. She collaborates across school districts, external partners, and Digital Promise Global to help craft a synchronized approach to define instructional strategy & approach to instructional tech coaching, mentoring, professional learning, and efficiency.

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