Deeper Learning Conference: Advancing Equity Through Critical Discourse

March 7, 2017

Anna Kinsella

Gaylen Brannon

Jen Benkovitz

March 30, 2017

10:30 AM-4:00 PM

Too often, conversations about equity in deeper learning reinforce and maintain inequitable practices and outcomes for our students. In this Deep Dive, school and community leaders will examine their beliefs, values and assumptions about student learning in relationship to their decisions and behaviors. Using equity protocols to establish an environment characterized by trust and safety, we will engage in various activities in order to disrupt the status quo and to advance equity through critical discourse. Participants will apply their learning by designing an agenda or other plan to use in their respective community context.

Read the powerpoint here.


Read more about equity on the NTN blog.

The Intersection of Equity and Agency

Last week at the Deeper Learning Conference I was privileged to facilitate a discussion on agency-the dreams and dilemmas we face as educators. Because I chose to approach this session from a place of inquiry, I really wasn’t certain where it was going to lead. I guess in the back of my mind I figured we would perhaps talk strategies and resources, or maybe assessment tips or school-wide practices.  But equity some-how found its way into the conversation…

Read the blog here

10 Strategies Promoting Digital Access and Equity
Getting Smart

The printing press changed the world, fueling a global renaissance in learning, art and science and upending historical power structures. The shift from print to digital is having an even more profound impact. It has taken hold in two decades rather than two centuries, transforming communication, democratizing learning and creating new markets.

Today we live, learn, work and play on digital platforms. The five largest companies are digital platforms (Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft). Most of us hop seamlessly from a communication screen to a production screen to a shared screen, and we often use several simultaneously.

Tremendous progress has been made in K-12 education in this country over the last 20 years, even in low-income communities. Most schools have broadband connections, devices for every student or two and practices that have begun to personalize student learning.

But challenges remain in these early days of developing new personalized learning models. These 10 strategies promote excellence and equity in elementary and secondary schools in the digital learning age. The first five are the basics of access, the second five are the basics of quality. Read more…

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