Join Equal Opportunity Schools for this unique professional learning and networking experience. Built specifically for you, our EOS partners, the Equity & Excellence Symposium brings together the best of our national network. Participants will hear from experts in the fields of learning, equity, belonging and policy.
You will meet other district and school leaders doing similar work, benefit from formal sharing of best practices and experience dynamic, facilitated, job-a-like break out opportunities to dive deep into important issues facing you and your colleagues.
This isn’t your usual conference. You have plenty of opportunities to attend those. The Equity & Excellence Symposium is designed to propel you and your teams forward on your equity journey. We expect all participants to be inspired and to learn in a way that empowers you to take your learning home, pass it on to your colleagues, and act on it.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
A DRAFT snapshot view of the curated Equity & Excellence Symposium.
After checking-in at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, make your way to the lower conference area to pick-up your registration packet.
Monday kicks-off with a lunch and leads into Equity by Design.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration check-in
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Equity by Design: An Interactive Experience of People and Ideas
Your curated experience continues on Tuesday.
Keynote and panelists
Equity By Design: An Interactive Experience of People and Ideas
- Shift the Narrative. Shift the narrative away from student deficits, and lack of preparation to one of genius, readiness and urgency. Hear about how others are creating a new sense of what is possible in their schools and districts and how you can bring equitable learning environments into being.
- Targeted Universalism and centering African American Students. When we create solutions that meet every need, we often never get to those furthest from opportunity. Learn strategies to solve for those furthest from opportunity first and how this strategy propels outcomes for everyone.
- Cues and Experiences of Belonging. Worries about belonging shape motivation, cognition, and outcomes in school. School environments signal to some groups they belong and to others that they do not. Belonging is not a feeling we conjure out of thin air- it is a direct result of our environmental assessment. Learn how EOS is changing the way we measure and understand belonging and how belonging rich learning environments are built.
- The Science of Learning and Development. Brain science has made incredible strides in the past decade- both scientifically and pedagogically. You’ll hear from experts in the field who will provide you with foundational understanding and tie this directly to equity, access and opportunity.
- Student Experience and Success: The journey from equitable access to equitable opportunity to equitable learning environments is essential. EOS data shows that the overwhelming majority of students in your buildings aspire to college. Their experiences in your classrooms serve as a significant determining factor in their success. Learn how schools are engaging their students in new and bold ways- creating the kind of experiences that propel them into the future.
- The EOS National Network: Join us as we build the foundation of a new national network. Meet colleagues who share your commitment to equity and others who’ve found creative solutions to your intractable challenges. Through job alike sessions, break outs and networking opportunities, you’ll leave invigorated and inspired by being a part of something special.
- Partner stories/Best Practices from the Field: You’re often told that you need outside experts to solve problems you understand best. During the Equity and Excellence Symposium you’ll have ample time to hear from others about what they’ve tried- both those things that have succeeded and some that have failed. But not just hear from them. You’ll have time for dialogue and discussion with them in ways that ensure you leave with next steps in mind- and an email to reach out to for help.
- Equity by Design: explore and experiment with disruptive strategies to propel your equity commitment
- The Eos National Network: build a national network dedicated to equity and excellence
- African American Students: understand how you can center the experiences of black students and the ripple effects of this focus
- Targeted Universalism: learn how serving those furthest from educational justice and opportunity first, will yield results for all
- The Science of Learning and Development: Hear national experts tie the science learning and development directly to equity and excellence
- Equity in Action- spend facilitated and engaged time with others in similar positions as you
- Belonging and student experience- hear national experts discuss the importance of cues and experiences of belonging and understand the conditions necessary to create belonging rich experiences
- Partner stories and lessons learned: see and learn from EOS partners who have succeeded (and struggled) to move the needle for students of color and low-income students
- Stronger Together: Collective action to change the national dialogue on what’s possible on behalf of black and brown students
These districts have registered to send representatives.
Bentonville School District
Cecil County Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools
Corvallis School District
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
Eugene School District
Everett Public Schools
Fayetteville Public Schools
Glenbard District 87
Guilford county Schools
Jonesboro Public Schools
Kankakee School District 111
Leyden High School District 212
Madison Metropolitan School District
Middletown Public Schools
Minneapolis Public Schools
New York City Schools
Oak Park – River Forest SD
Oakland Unified School District
Queen Anne’s county PS
Salem-Keizer Public Schools
San Diego Unified School District
Seattle Public Schools
Simi Valley Unified
Springfield School District 186
Sterling Public Schools
Utica community Schools
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