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Black Professionals in Edtech Affinity Space

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Colorado Convention Center, Bluebird Ballroom 3AB

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Founder CEO
Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC
@educatoralex
@educatoralexander
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator, speaker, and author. She is Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting. She holds various teaching, administrative and technology certifications. She is the author of Ready to Be an Educational Leader: Your Guide for Passing the SLLA 6990, a 2024 Illinois Digital Educators Alliance Conference Thought Leader, 2023 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators Conference Featured Speaker, 2022 & 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Conference Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, and 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter among other honors. Learn more: www.educatoralexander.com.
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Education Coach
Samsung Education | Equity In Action, CA
@Citicoach
@Citicoach
Leticia Citizen is a Samsung Education Coach passionate about technology-enhanced teaching, primary sources, and global connections to help augment student learning. Her 23 educator years of experience include teaching kindergarten, first, and fifth grade. Leticia dedicates her life to social justice, teaching through a JEDIB lens, providing intentional PD, and mentoring teachers to share their voices. She is co-founder of Equity In Action, CA and Tech.Teach.Grow, LLC. Leticia currently serves as an ambassador for varying digital tools including Nearpod, Wakelet, and Common Sense Education. She’s Google Certified and shares her expertise at national and global conferences.
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Instructional Coach
Pivot-ED
@toutoulentoya
Dr. Toutoule Ntoya is an educator dedicated to helping students achieve by 1) working with teachers in professional development and coaching to implement curricula and 2) working with students directly using learning and motivation strategies.

Session description

Join us in our second annual Black Professionals in Edtech Affinity Space. Let’s connect, collaborate and have fun while ventilating topics that are unique to us.

Purpose & objective

The purpose and objectives of an affinity space is to provide a positive, affirming environment for groups, often those who feel marginalized, to come together and engage in open and honest dialogues.

Evidence of success:
The group continuing after ISTE.

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Outline

Take some time during the conference to connect with other attendees from your community. ISTELive will feature affinity groups to allow folks to share lived experiences in the education space. Network and build long-term relationships, while sharing your unique perspectives. These sessions will move with the needs of the group, providing an organic space to share and learn from each other.
--From ISTELive23

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Supporting research

https://meridian.allenpress.com/jbsw/article-abstract/24/1/1/434343/Affinity-Groups-Redefining-Brave-Spaces

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/affinity-group

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalinabryant/2023/09/15/the-impact-of-employee-resource-groups-in-the-workforce/?sh=1231d0132aef

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Session specifications

Topic:
Equity and inclusion
Skill level:
Beginner
Audience:
Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Connected Learner
  • Actively participate in professional learning networks to enhance coaching practice and keep current with emerging technology and innovations in pedagogy and the learning sciences.