The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and, in many ways, worsened the digital divide and other inequitable aspects of America’s education system. However, it also created opportunities to develop more equitable outcomes, based on the widespread switch to digital learning experiences and new education models.
In a recent edWebinar, sponsored by Scholastic Digital Solutions, the presenters discussed the reality of racial violence and inequity that students of color face and what we as educators and administrators can do to confront it rather than perpetuate it. They identified racial violence as violence incurred by students of color that can be overt and covert, taken for granted, an act of invisibilization, or the erasure of students’ identities and realities.
Education is just different than it was pre-pandemic—many school leaders think it shouldn’t go back to the way it was before when schools used systems developed in the 20th century. But that doesn’t mean even more changes aren’t needed. In a recent edWebinar, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association and AASA’s Leadership Network, the presenters discussed the findings of the AASA Learning 2025 National Commission and the need to get more students engaged in their own educational experience.
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School (CT); Anna Morris, Manager of Collection Management, Mackin Educational Resources; and Megan Mabee, TBR Bibliologist and Writing Contributor at Book Riot, and Library Secretary at New Canaan High School (CT)
Presented by Veronica Crespin-Palmer, Co-Founder and CEO, RISE Colorado; Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite, Superintendent, Lynwood Unified School District (CA); and Anpao Duta Flying Earth, Senior Advisor, Native American Community Academy (NM)
Moderated by Kimberly Smith, Executive Director of the League of Innovative Schools and Center for Inclusive Innovation, Digital Promise
Presented by Leticia Citizen, i4Coach, Hawthorne Elementary School (CA); and Sue Thotz, Sr. Program Manager, Common Sense Education
Presented by Scott Bailey, Superintendent, Desert Sands Unified School District (CA); Kelly May-Vollmar, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Desert Sands Unified School District (CA); Dr. Veronica Garcia, Superintendent, Santa Fe Public Schools (NM); and Dr. Tom Ryan, Retired Chief Information and Strategy Officer, Santa Fe Public Schools (NM)
Moderated by Ann McMullan, Project Director, EmpowerED Superintendent Initiative, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking)
Looking through the lens of three district leaders, a recent edWebinar, sponsored by ClassLink and co-hosted by CoSN and AASA, highlighted how school districts are working with their staff and students to assure accessibility for all. The presenters discussed and reflected on five compelling steps that school districts must take to ensure accessibility.
When only 28% of a school district’s third graders are reading at grade level, changes are clearly needed. In the Aldine Independent School District just outside of Houston, Texas, the need for change resulted in a dual focus on improving the district’s leadership bench and revamping literacy instruction, in order to provide an equitable education for all students.
Presented by Nicole Adell, Principal, Newburg Middle School (KY); Dr. Darin Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified School District (CA); Patricia Alvarado, Director of Digital Learning and Learning Resources, Irving Independent School District (TX); and James Allrich, Principal, Argyle Middle School (MD)
Moderated by Lydia Logan, Executive Director, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools, Digital Promise