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The Equity Event

IASB is offering this unique learning event for Association school board members and superintendents to address the “what, why, and how” of equity issues in education.

School leaders will be provided with an opportunity to

  • Understand the various equity issues present in public education, including race, socio-economic, gender, and more.
  • Learn critical steps for developing and implementing an equity approach in school board work.
  • Gain insight and practical applications from Illinois school districts actively working on equity issues.

The Equity Event is free for IASB members, but online registration is required. Continental breakfast and complimentary lunch will be provided. The event will take place on April 28 at the Hyatt Regency Lisle. For more information view The Equity Event flyer.

School board members will receive one credit in the LeaderShop Academy Program.

The Equity Event agenda, including scheduled presentations and presenters is listed below.


The Urgency of Now: Developing and Utilizing an Equity Lens for 21st Century Education

Dr. Heather Hackman

The need for equity work in education is more pressing than ever. Unfortunately, most in educational settings are unsure about what approach to this work is most effective in providing a solid pathway to addressing the many equity issues present in education. In this keynote address, Dr. Hackman outlines what an equity approach is (and isn’t) and lays some of the basic groundwork for developing and implementing that framework in education. More specifically, Dr. Hackman will outline the critical steps in developing a racial equity “lens” and highlight some of the “pitfalls” and “must-dos” when applying this lens to classroom, administrative, and school board work. While the term “equity” can be applied to many issues such as gender, class, and disability, this session will focus primarily on racial equity.


Everyday Equity – In-District

Moderator:
Perry Hill IV, Director, Field Services Director, IASB

Panelists:

Dr. Carmen Ayala, Superintendent; and Adam Mounce, Board President, Berwyn North SD 98

Dr. Theresa Rouse, Superintendent; and Jeffrey K. Prtiz, Board President, Joliet PSD 86

Dr. Edward Condon, Superintendent; and Ralph Martire, Board President, River Forest SD 90

Hear from representatives of three Illinois school districts where educational equity is a priority. The districts will elaborate on why and how they chose to pursue educational equity; the lessons they have learned along the way; the role of the school board, staff, community, and other stakeholders; and what’s next as they look to continuously improve.


It’s 2018...Why are We Still Talking about Race?

Corrie Wallace

Panelists:  

Suni Kartha, Board President, Evanston/Skokie SD 65

Pat Savage-Williams, Board President, Evanston THSD 202

Understanding the difference between equity and equality and learning why it’s essential to move from color-blindness to color-consciousness are the first steps in building more equitable learning environments and developing racial literacy. These 21st century skills are essential, because who we are informs what we do. Consultant Corrie Wallace will be joined by a panel of board members from Evanston and Skokie whose commitment to working towards eliminating the racial predictability of achievement and discipline is grounded in passion and humility.


A Chance in the World

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton’s story is about defying seemingly insurmountable odds — overcoming abuse and neglect as an orphan in foster care to become a trail-blazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate, and acclaimed speaker. His best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, recounts his triumphant life journey and drive to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Now an upcoming major motion picture, A Chance in the World further amplifies Pemberton’s highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

  

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