Reimagining Equity: The Case for Whole-Child Teaching and Learning Approaches

Fay Brown, Associate Research Assistant, Yale University

In order to support individualized learning for every student, educators must take a holistic approach to educate children. If equity is considered from the perspective of providing for every child based on his or her needs, then this holistic approach can be viewed as the reimagining of equity.

What Does a School’s Master Schedule Say About Equity and Flexibility?

Mark Weatherly, Director of Secondary Instruction, New Caney ISD
Jill Blankenship, Cardonex Sales Professional, Education Advanced, Inc.
Brent Reid, Cardonex Sales Professional, Education Advanced, Inc.

A school’s master schedule determines how core resources are allocated and directs the student experience. Effective education gives students equal access to the classes they need to pursue their dreams. Building a flexible, student-centered master schedule that can easily transition between in-person, virtual, and hybrid is more critical than ever.

Democratizing Data Across an Organization to Ensure Equity

CyLynn Braswell, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness/Innovation, Northwest ISD
Melissa DeSimone, Executive Director of Research, Accountability and Assessment, Northwest ISD
Adam Cibulka, Senior Manager, Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

Learn how Northwest ISD has empowered their administrative team members to access targeted data dashboards, daily, to ensure equity across the district and within each school building.

The Power of Inclusivity – How Cultural Sensitivity Makes Districts Better

David Holmes, Associate, Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C.

In this session, learn the importance of acknowledgment and acceptance of existing educational inequities, awareness of the educational costs to students and the legal risks to districts of racially insensitive environments in schools, and gain strategies for creating more inclusive educational environments.

How to Become a Partner in Disability Leadership

Karlyn Keller, Division Director, Special Education Solutions, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
Ginger Mayeaux, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, The ARC of Texas

Partners in Disability Leadership is an advanced leadership development training program from The Arc of Texas created for professionals who are interested in being stewards of the disability rights movement and leaders within their agency or organization. While focused on increasing capacity and knowledge of the world of advocacy, participants also learn leadership skills they can take back to their school and implement immediately while building strong bonds with others from agencies across the state.