Equity series kicks off Sept. 23; licensure renewal credit available
The inaugural webinar for the Iowa Department of Education’s Social Justice and Equity in Education series kicks off on Sept. 23.
The session, which will be opened by the Department’s Director Ann Lebo, will feature A’ndrea Wilson, a professor at Grand View University, who will deliver “It’s Okay to be Uncomfortable: Moving Toward Racial Equity in Education in Iowa.” The session is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m.
The series will include two sessions each month, culminating in a conference in March.
Register now to participate in the first webinar. Look for future links on both social media and in the School Leader Update.
Licensure renewal credit is available for those who want it. To register, individuals will need to log into the AEA Learning Online website using their current user name and password. If a new account is created, the course will not be accessible until the following business day.
The purpose of the first webinar is to provide information to educators on the impact of racism on students of color, and how participants can unintentionally contribute to the problem and actively contribute to the solution. Attendees will be given concepts, resources and tools to aid them as they explore their own behaviors and commit to the process of creating more racially inclusive educational environments.
For planning purposes, participants should also put down on their calendars two other already scheduled webinars:
- Oct. 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m., featuring the Department’s Attorney Thomas Mayes, who will present “COVID-19: Class Disparities”;
- Oct. 22, 3 to 4 p.m., featuring the Department’s Janet Boyd, Pam Spangler and Jeanette Thomas, who will present “Equity Coordinators Refresher and Updates.”
The Department also continues to seek guest presenters for webinars and spring conference. Learn more about the series and how to put in a proposal to be a guest speaker.