Virtual Summit Agenda

9 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

IASB President Thomas Neeley: Morton CUSD 709

9:10 a.m. – Opening Keynote: How to Deconstruct Racism one Headline at a Time

Baratunde Thurston, writer, activist, and comedian

As we discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion, we shouldn't think in terms of quotas or grievances. Instead, we should think about stories — the ones we tell ourselves about “us” and the ones we tell ourselves about “them.” Baratunde Thurston sees an opportunity to tell a story of “we” instead. Based on his TED talk, “How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time” Thurston offers the strategic integration of humor and invites audiences to build businesses, organizations, and societies that recognize the value of us all.

10:05 a.m. – The Great Opportunity: 21st Century Learning Through Community Engagement

Presenting district: Cicero SD 99

What many call a challenge (poverty, English language learners, students with special needs), Cicero SD 99 considers a great opportunity. Four years ago the district committed to bringing 21st century technology to every child their top priority. Hear their journey of engaging the community to create a culture of inclusiveness, extend student’s learning past the school day and develop a “no excuses” attitude for learning.

10:55 a.m. – Overcoming Generational Poverty

Presenting district: Harrisburg CUSD 3

One of the greatest challenges facing our students is generational poverty and the low expectations that often accompany it. With the support from teachers and the community, students can overcome generational poverty and adverse childhood experiences and achieve academic success and reach lifetime goals.

11:30 a.m. – Empowering Students to Support Peers Regarding Mental Health

Presenting district: Clinton CUSD 15

Clinton High School was one of 80 schools across the nation in 2019 to be a pilot for the Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) program by the National Council for Behavioral Health and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. The pilot teaches students a five-step plan in helping their friends with mental health challenges.

Noon – Attendee Chat and Networking Break

During this programming break, attendees can visit the Network Lounge to join conversations led by IASB staff, or start a new conversation topic of their own.

1 p.m. – Empowering Every Student, Every Day

Presenting district: Wheeling CCSD 21

In 2018, CCSD21 began a journey to assess itself and identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in ensuring equity of educational opportunities and success for all students. This panel will provide insight into how to organize a system to identify and collectively work to implement system wide improvement.

1:45 p.m. – IASB Update

IASB Executive Director Thomas E. Bertrand, Ph.D.

2 p.m. – Closing Keynote: Flying a Plane While Remodeling It: How Inclusive Leaders Rise to the Challenge Called 2020

Helen Fagan, Ph.D., Leadership and Diversity Scholar and Practitioner

Inclusive Leaders have developed an internal capacity (a superpower of sorts) to engage people from all walks of life to innovatively address organizational, community, and even global issues. We will look at the intersection between developmental readiness, emotional intelligence, psychological capital, and what we have been learning from neuroscience about inclusive minds and leadership.

3 p.m. – Closing video

*Updated October 8, 2020. Agenda is subject to change.