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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Webinar Series



School board members are responsible for the equitable and quality education of every student in the school district and must act accordingly in their collective work as a board of education to foster excellence for every student. The Illinois Association of School Boards undertakes equity work to provide Association members with resources to develop their competence and confidence in support of educational equity.

IASB staff and guests presented a series of five webinars covering topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion scheduled throughout January, February, and March. All webinars were a complimentary benefit of IASB membership.

Some webinars from the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Series are available for viewing through IASB's Archived Webinars.

January 12, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.

Words have power. Meanings and implications change over time, circumstance, and audience. Join Theresa Gegen, Director/Editor, IL School Board Journal and Zach Messersmith, Director, Governmental Relations for a discussion of The Language We Use, and discover how words are used and misused, how to make better word choices, and how to bring less bias and more inclusion and clarity to your words.

January 25, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.

Whatever you thought you knew about diversity and inclusion, prepare to think again. Diversity management pioneer James Rodgers will “promote the value of diversity and reduce the stigma of diversity.” Participants will learn how leaders focus on outcomes and serve all constituents and that dispassion, logic, and relationships are keys to success.

February 3, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.

Featuring “The Stereotype Mask” exercise, join entrepreneur and tech change agent Natalie Egan for a 90-minute virtual workshop focused on helping participants recognize and understand micro-aggressions and discover micro-inclusions.
February 16, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.

Biases are learned stereotypes, exhibited unintentionally and automatically from deep-rooted learned thoughts or behaviors. We all have them; but biases that affect others in a negative way can weaken the integrity of the organization and stifle progress. Join Marlon Burton of United Horizons for this important presentation.
March 2, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.

The Equity Journey Continuum is an informational tool to help districts view data through an equity lens to identify gaps in student achievement, opportunities, and supports. Join State Superintendent Carmen Ayala, Ph.D. to learn more about the tool that, by analyzing data that districts already collect and report to ISBE, makes data more useful for districts to improve outcomes for students.