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Friday, March 29 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Belonging Matters: Using Continuous Improvement to Create Equitable Learning Environments for Students

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At EL Education and Equal Opportunity Schools, we believe that students’ sense of belonging is foundational to student success. In EL Education, students’ sense of belonging in Crew - our advisory structure - drives students’ participation in deeper learning activities, specifically their willingness communicate ideas and collaborate with others, and their sense of personal investment or self-direction in contributing to the culture of Crew. At EOS we work to ensure historically underserved students’ have equal access to, and opportunities to succeed in, academically intense high school programs like Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Messages that students will or won’t or do or don’t belong in these classes function to mitigate or perpetuate systemic issues around access and achievement in AP or IB courses. In both of these instances, sense of belonging is especially critical for students from underserved communities - and serves as a powerful focus area for teachers and leaders to promote as an engine for more equitable outcomes.

Together, our organizations ask:
Question #1: How can we support leaders and teachers in transforming their learning environments to be more responsive to students’ belonging, especially for underserved students?
Question #2: How can we shift adult mindsets around equity to emphasize the responsibility of the learning environment (teachers, leaders, climate) and student assets?

In this session, both organizations will engage participants in hands-on learning activities that include: analysis of a student Crew belonging survey to lift up disparities/questions; investigation of student and staff perspectives on belonging along a school pipeline to and through an AP experience; application of continuous improvement to consider and test change ideas to address inequities; and, opportunities for session participants to consider how they might transfer learning to test in their own contexts.

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Adam Kay

Equal Opportunity Schools
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Meg Riordan

Director of External Research, EL Education
Meg Riordan, Ph.D., is the Director or External Research at EL Education, a K-12 non-profit organization partnered with more than 150 schools, serving 4,000 teachers and 53,000 students in 31 states. She was in the inaugural Deeper Learning Equity Fellows cohort. Prior to her current... Read More →

Friday March 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
HTE 215

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