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How Online Learning Can Help to Close the Persistence Gap: A Citywide Case Study

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

How Online Learning Can Help to Close the Persistence Gap: A Citywide Case Study

Presented by Jennifer Dunn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bunifu Learning for Life; Marissa Jackson, Director of Digital Learning, Research, and Development, Bunifu Learning for Life; and Caleb Burkes, Educational Associate, P-Tech Healthcare, Dunbar High School (MD)

Sponsored by Bunifu Learning for Life

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Forty-five percent of today’s college students are students of color. Despite increasing rates of college admissions and enrollment, they are still much less likely to graduate. Students of color, and specifically Black students, continue to struggle with lower retention rates and higher dropout rates.

In this edWebinar, we learn how Baltimore City Public Schools (MD), serving predominantly Black students, used innovation and technology to address student persistence in their mission to close the opportunity gap. Hear from educational leaders who collaborated with an eLearning firm focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion to develop Success Seminars, online self-paced courses for Baltimore City high school students enrolled in college credit programming. You hear insights on how each of the Success Seminars make the “hidden curriculum” of college visible and utilize digital learning as tools for culturally sustaining pedagogy, helping students of color develop the stamina and sense of belonging they need in order to thrive in Baltimore’s emerging college-going culture. You hear insights from the district- and school-level personnel on the ways that they believe the Success Seminars will help them to talk about student success in new ways.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to high school teachers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.


Jennifer DunnAbout the Presenters

Jennifer Dunn is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of educational experience in both the K-12 sector and adult education. She has completed a Master of Arts in counseling education and Post-Master’s Certificate in education administration. She held project management and business leadership roles for diverse agencies including nonprofits (i.e., College Board), private companies (i.e., Bunifu Learning), colleges and universities (i.e., Morgan State University), international (i.e., DoDEA – Kaiserstraße, Germany), and city government institutions (i.e., Baltimore City Public Schools).


Marissa JacksonMarissa Jackson has a passion for supporting student tenacity and success. She has spent the past 20 years working in K-12 and higher education as a teacher, social worker, curriculum and professional development coach, and senior administrator—with a particular focus on the development of culturally conscious retention and persistence initiatives, and resources and tools to nurture academic habits of mind. Marissa holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.


Caleb BurkesAs the educational associate for P-Tech at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and a member of the Leadership Team, Caleb Burkes stewards incoming cohorts of students from recruitment through their freshman year and manages student conduct. Caleb also serves as a key tech contact with teachers during blended and virtual instruction. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Teach For America – Baltimore Corps alumni. Passionate about student diversity, basic needs access, and increased access to STEM in low-income communities, Caleb views education as the most powerful tool at our disposal to disrupt inequity and create opportunity.


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Bunifu combines proven teaching methods, Diversity & Inclusion (D & I) and Accessibility to engage learners in educational and corporate settings. We develop and manage customized eLearning courses and programs in a variety of training and development formats that meet learners’ unique needs and reflect their backgrounds for educational institutions, businesses and organizations that want to increase engagement between learners and content.



Wednesday, November 2, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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