Sunday, April 28 – Thursday, May 2, 2019
Please Note: This is not a CAST-hosted event. Registration through the National Alliance for Partners in Equity is required.
The Summit brings together the researchers and practitioners in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education, enrich classrooms, and improve student success as well as share best practices and build a learning community of professionals.
The National Summit on Educational Equity brings together the researchers and practitioners in educational equity to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education, enrich classrooms, and improve student success as well as share best practices and build a learning community of professionals. The conference offers workshops and sessions that engage participants in learning about new research, tools, and strategies for improving policies and practices to close achievement, participation, and interest gaps. CAST is pleased to be part of the featured sessions in the Best Practices for Equitable Learning Environments strand.
- STEM Education and Career Pathways: Building & Sustaining Equity and Access for Marginalized Youth
Tuesday, April 30, 10:45–11:45 am ET
Presenters: Jason Marshall & Sam Johnston
Exploitation of children, the working poor, non-white POC, and women are an indelible part of the American economic system. Access to sustainable wages and post-secondary education is meaningful but a political education is needed to allow individuals to understand their position and value in the labor force, so as to defend against exploitation. We will examine our National Science Foundation project to support the exploration of STEM career pathways for young people from marginalized communities.
- OERs, UDL, and Accessibility: A Partnership for Equity
Tuesday, April 30, 3:00–4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Luis Pérez & Sam Johnston
OERs are digital materials made available freely and/or through open licensing that allows educators to repurpose content. OERs can allow funding typically spent on textbooks to be redirected for other pressing needs, but they are not always accessible to all learners. In this session, you will learn about resources to help you select and/or create accessible OER content to support learning in a variety of inclusive settings.
- Universal Design for Learning
Thursday, May 2, 8:15–9:30 am ET
Presenter: Allison Posey
How can educators meet the diverse needs of learners when there is such variability in ability, background, language, and social-emotional skills? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that empowers educators to proactively design environments so all can access and gain meaningful, challenging learning experiences. It is a strengths-based approach grounded in neuroscience. This session will offer an overview of the theory and concrete strategies for immediate implementation.