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More equity webinars announced; get them on your calendar

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Iowa Department of Education’s ongoing equity webinars have been updated into January. All sessions run from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and registration for each is required. 

Note that one session in December will feature students who will talk about their in-school experiences. Join us to explore these all-important topics.

Nov. 19

"Every Kid, Every Day: Using Technology to Create a More Culturally Responsive Classroom" by Leslie Pralle Osborn, instructional technology consultant at Prairie Lakes AEA who is a leader in focusing on designing culturally responsive classrooms, social justice and empowering students through global citizenship, civil discourse and connected education.

This session will provide participants with an overview of what defines a culturally responsive classroom, strategies for making real change and technology tools to support that work. Participants will gain access to teaching tools and strategies, including graphic organizers and editable documents. The session will also include an opportunity to experience virtual tools to help enhance culturally responsive teaching methods.

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Dec. 3

"Brown Faces in the Classroom" by Alex Piedras, multicultural and community outreach director/international students at Grand View University. 

The session will provide an overview of the largest minority group in the state of Iowa and some of the issues that they face, and the impact of discrimination and racism on students of color. Concepts and resources are shared to aid individuals as they explore their own behaviors and commit to having more inclusive educational environments.

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Dec. 17

"Let’s Talk Justice: Student Stories ... Student Voices." Nothing brings home the power and impact of education like hearing the voices of students talking about social justice and equity issues in Iowa. Their insights will open your eyes to the reality students face on a daily basis at different levels in their educational journey. About a dozen students from across the state will come together to share their experiences with equity, social justice and inclusion as a student in Iowa’s educational system. This diverse student panel is designed as an example of how educators can hold space for this conversation with students, staff and faculty.  The panel will be made up of students from different ages, backgrounds and races. Students on the panel will be offered the opportunity to speak openly about their experiences in schools, while also providing possible solutions.

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Jan. 7

“Viewing Homeless Education Programs Through An Equity Lens” by Carolyn Cobb, Iowa Department of Education state homeless coordinator. Cobb will be joined by Julia Sullivan  and Tiffany Wood from Iowa State University and Emily Teeter from the Cedar Rapids Community School District. 

This session aims to inform educational organizations about homelessness, so that myths and stereotypes can give way to better informed decision-making processes. Presentation focuses on the importance of equity to McKinney Vento programming, PK-12 and college-level considerations, outreach and identification of students, service delivery, policy review and framing equity in your community. Webinar attendees will also be provided with resources.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 19, 2021 at 10:14pm.