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More equity webinars added - update your calendars

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

It’s again time to update your calendars for the Iowa Department of Education’s webinar series Social Justice and Equity in Education.

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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Jan. 21

"Supporting Our Migrant Students" by Geri McMahon of the Iowa Department of Education,  Brent Zirkel from Williamsburg Community School District, Stacey Cole from Storm Lake Community School District and migrant education coordinators Alex Johnson and April Dameron. In this webinar, participants will learn the definition of a migrant student, receive an overview of the migrant education program in Iowa and hear from local migrant education programs about their paths for meeting migrant students’ needs. Participants will leave the webinar with a new understanding of some of the practices for supporting migrant students and strategies for how to advocate for their academic success.  

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 08, 2021 at 3:58pm.