How does EQUITY become more than a buzz word and result in actions that result in more affirming, inclusive and culturally responsive schools and classrooms?
This year’s theme, Educate for Equity, focuses on rising to the challenge of meeting the needs of diverse student populations and rapidly changing communities.
We are seeking member practitioner workshops that focus on the many aspects of Equity, from the perspective of our varied leadership roles. We want to hear what you are doing in your schools. What’s working and what are you learning along the way? Tell your school’s story, and share your expertise with colleagues from across New York State at this year’s October 20-21 conference at the beautiful Sagamore Resort in Lake George. We hope to receive submissions from SAANYS members at all levels: certified and essential service leaders as well as all building and district roles.
Dr. Sharroky Hollie, executive director of The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CCRTL) and author of multiple books on Culturally Responsive Leadership, will be there with us to set the tone for what will surely be an enlightening and memorable personal and professional experience.
“What schools traditionally do is give every student the same thing. That is not equity. That is equality. Equity is providing each student with what they need, not providing all students with the same thing.” -Raymond Terrell, Professor Emeritus, Miami University
Think outside the box:
Creating and sustaining a welcoming and affirming culture and environment / culturally responsive leadership / Inclusive and equitable curriculum and assessment / what inclusive practices look like in real schools / developing students’ abilities to connect across lines of difference / social and emotional learning for equity / building bonds with marginalized student and parent populations / tapping into student voice to assess equity in your school / how facility considerations directly impact student equity / bringing all staff into the equity tent / professional learning and training around equity for support staff, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and others/ equity for students with different learning styles / leadership actions that promote student equity / rethinking approaches to discipline/equity actions for certified and essential service leaders / equity as it translates to access in course selection/instructional strategies that adapt to diverse learning styles / celebrating differences everyday: beyond the yearly food fair/awareness of hidden bias/leadership actions to promote respectful student interactions / tweeting for equity; revamping your home / school communication using technology and social media / equity in physical education programs/positive pipelines / ESSA and equity.