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National Symposium for Equity

2017 National Symposium for Equity and Access
Oct 25-26, 2017 Chicago, IL
The Symposium for Equity and Access, supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is an invitation-only forum with conversations focused at the superintendent and district leadership level.

This year, over 100 district educators attended and heard from industry experts, peer panelists, and EOS leadership on best practices to close the equity and achievement gaps. You can find videos of the sessions on our YouTube channel.

Regional Convenings

Equal Opportunity Schools hosts regular regional convenings to inform superintendents, principals, and school and district leaders about our program. If you are interested in learning more about the application process, contact us at to attend one of the following events:

  • Inland Empire, CA Convening – Nov 3, 2017
  • Atlanta, GA Convening – Nov 7, 2017
  • Clark County, NV Convening – Nov 13, 2017
  • Colorado Convening – Nov 15, 2017
  • Irvine, CA Convening – Jan 12, 2018
  • Reynoldsburg, OH Convening – Jan 17, 2018
  • Detroit, MI Convening – Jan 18, 2018
  • Salt Lake City, UT Convening – Jan 23, 2018
  • Yountville (Napa Valley), CA Convening – Jan 24, 2018
  • Merced (San Joaquin Valley), CA Convening – Jan 25, 2018

These regional convenings are in the early stages of planning. Once dates are confirmed, we’ll update. In the meantime, send us a note if you’re interested in any of the tentative regions or in hosting a convening for your own region.

  • Florida Convening – TBD
  • Massachusetts Convening – TBD
  • Maryland Convening – TBD
  • New Jersey Convening – TBD
  • Cleveland, OH Convening – TBD
  • Columbus, OH Convening – TBD
  • Pennsylvania Convening – TBD
  • Connecticut convening – TBD
  • Northern Virginia Convening – TBD
  • South Carolina Convening – TBD

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

For detailed abstracts, please check the conference websites.

July 18-20, 2018 – Dr. Chris Belcher and Dr. Andree Osagie , Lamar CISD, will be presenting at the AP Annual Conference, Houston, TX

Oct 22-24, 2018 – Dr. Chris Belcher and Dr. Tamela Horton, Arlington ISD, submitted to present at College Board Forum, Dallas, TX

Nov 16-18, 2018 – Dr. John Ramos, of Equal Opportunity Schools, will be presenting with Dr. Conner, Colleen Weiner and Omaris Journet of Middletown Public Schools, at the 2018 CABE/CAPSS Convention, Groton, CT

Feb 14-16, 2019 – Dr. Chris Belcher, of Equal Opportunity Schools, will be presenting a Pre-conference workshop with Dr. Matt Degner, Iowa City Community School District, Ed Winchester and Terri Verhaegen, Santa Ana Unified School Districts at the AASA National Conference on Education, Los Angeles, CA

Past Speaking Engagements

Many of the presentations can be found by visiting the conference site. In some cases, presentations and/or articles can be found in our news feed.

May 2-4, 2018 – Ryan Mosser, of Equal Opportunity Schools, will be presenting on the experience of two Arkansas districts at the 2018 AAFC Spring conference, Hot Springs, AR

April 17-18, 2018 – Bernadette Merikle and Kirstin Wagner of Equal Opportunity Schools along with Ed Winchester and Terri Verhaegen, Santa Ana Unified School District, co-presented on Identify, Enroll, and Support Latino Students in AP at the Preparaté: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference, Los Angeles, CA

April 7-9, 2018 – Dr. Chris Belcher and Dr. Daniel Cates, Township High School District 211, presented on Creating Equity of Opportunity: Recruitment, Support, and Success for Underrepresented Students in AP/IB Programs at the NSBA Conference, San Antonio, TX

April 3-5, 2018 – Dr. Adam Kay and Dr. Alejandro Torres, of Equal Opportunity Schools, presented a poster titled Using Improvement Science to Improve Belonging for Students of Color and Low-Income Students in AP and IB Classrooms at the Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, San Francisco, CA

March 24-26, 2018 – Dr. Chris Belcher presented at ASCD National Conference, Boston, MA

Feb 15-17, 2018 – Dr. Chris Belcher and Ron Severson presented on Closing the Equity Gap in Advanced Placement at the AASA Conference, Nashville, TN

Jan 2, 2018 – Reid Saaris presented at ACE Center at Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA

Nov 10, 2017 – Reid Saaris presented at SIEPR Policy Forum on Opportunities and Challenges in Improving K-12 Education, Stanford University, CA

Oct 25-27, 2017 – Dr. Tracey Conrad presented at College Board Forum, NYC, NY

Oct 11-14, 2017 – Dr. Chris Belcher and Lee Vargas presented at ALAS Conference, Houston, TX

Oct 6-7, 2017 – Dr. Chris Belcher presented at MSBA Annual Conference, Osage Beach, MO