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Educator Summit 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021 - Educator Summit Agenda

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


Webinar ID: 890 3933 5658

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9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote: Gloria Ladson-Billings

Webinar ID: 890 3933 5658

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10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Break 1

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Session #1: Presentation 1

Title: Building Family Engagement and Collaboration During a Time of Crisis Using the Community Schools Model

Presenters: Ezequiel De La Torre, M.Ed. and Jinger Alvarez, LCSW

Abstract: Community Schools is a school transformation model aimed at addressing the effects of poverty and building equity for students and families. The Los Angeles County Office of Education embarked on an unprecedented partnership with county agencies, school districts and local community partners to bring this initiative to 15 school districts across the county. This transformative model was instrumental in addressing the needs of students and families during the pandemic. During this session, participants will learn about the LACOE Community School model and how the individual sites rose to the challenge of addressing the unprecedented needs brought on by the pandemic.

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Session #1: Presentation 2

Title: Designing for Equity in K-12 Classrooms: Creating Culturally Affirming Culture through Anti-Bias Pedagogy

Presenters: Sheri Atwater, Ph.D., P.P.S. and Tracy Mayhue, B.A.

Abstract: K-12 students' well-being is directly tied to centering them in a classroom culture that is equitable and culture-affirming. Yet how do educators ensure this is accomplished? Culturally-affirming classroom practices are enacted primarily in two ways: 1) incorporating an intentional, proactive anti-bias curriculum that affirms a) one’s cultural identity, b) the benefits of diversity, c) the need for social justice and d) direct action; and 2) using developmentally-appropriate dialogue to address students’ inquires around racial issues. Tying these mechanisms directly to state standards allows educators to be further ‘armed’ with tools necessary to enact these important culturally-affirming mechanisms in their classrooms.

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Session #1: Presentation 3

Title: Self Care for Educators in the Face of Adversity

Presenter: Bobbi Alba, Ed.D.

Abstract: Educators are called upon to be leaders in the face of tragedies such as the loss of a student or staff member, school wide threats and crisis. We provide psychological first aid and emotional care, but often we don't apply those skills to our own lives. Educators need the knowledge, attitude and skills to recognize and prevent professional burnout and compassion fatigue. Learn about the physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual signs of compassion fatigue, and leave empowered to use the three R's as a strategy for self-care.

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Session #1: Presentation 4

Title: Becoming a Trauma-Informed Educational Community with Underserved Students of Color

Presenters: Jennifer Pemberton, Ph.D and Ellen Edeburn, Ph.D.

Abstract: Disparate adult responses to student behavior, combined with increases in mental health issues and student trauma, compound the equity gap of racially minoritized students. Research suggests a correlation between Social Emotional Learning and student success (Gregory & Fergus, 2017). Providing a two-prong approach that includes (a) SEL curricular interventions that are not color-blind embedded within (b) a trauma-informed framework supports racially minoritized students’ well-being while simultaneously addressing the equity gap within the (in-person and distance-learning) classroom.

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Break 2

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Session #2: Presentation 1

Title: Practices for Making the Classroom an Inclusive Space, Whether It’s On Zoom or In the Room

Presenters: Esther Prokopienko, M.A. and Vic Abrenica, B.A.

Abstract: Zoom and hybrid instruction magnified the inequities that have long been present in classrooms. Students of Color, English Learners, and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged were the most impacted. This workshop focuses on those students and the practices that worked to help keep students engaged and connected to their schools, teachers, peers, and learning. Presentation will provide practical practices for engaging all students in remote, hybrid or in-person settings, and conversation will be driven by the essential question of ‘What can we learn from this past year to make every classroom a space that is more inclusive and inviting?’

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Session #2: Presentation 2

Title: Using Trauma Informed Approaches in a Post-Pandemic Classroom for Students in Foster Care and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Presenter: Erika Zepeda, PsyD.

Abstract: This workshop will provide educators with “on-the-ground” tools to assess and support students transitioning back into the classroom in a post-pandemic world. Dr. Zepeda will include her experience in working with culturally diverse communities and in identifying student protective and risk factors through a trauma-informed approach for all students and in particular for students in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness.

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Session #2: Presentation 3

Title: The Power of Parent and Student Voice: How to Effectively Combat Covid Melt and Recover from the Pandemic

Presenters: Laura Owen, Ph.D. and Kimberly Hanauer, M.A.

Abstract: Recognizing that many people work towards helping students navigate their post high school options, we aim to elevate the voices of all stakeholders (students, parents, guardians, K-12 educators, higher ed. partners, community-based organizations, school counselors, graduate students, counselor educators and researchers) and to share what’s working as it relates to COVID-19 interventions and practices.

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakout Session #2: Presentation 4

Title: Innovative Pedagogies: Leveraging the Moment

Presenters: Devery Rodgers, Ed.D. and Adam Leonard, M.A.

Abstract: There is a widespread notion that educational systems should empower learners with skills and competences to cope with a constantly changing landscape. The year of pandemic pedagogy challenged this notion, shining the light on a widening opportunity gap. Adaptive teaching and leadership practices however, surfaced innovation with technology tools. We present a set of innovative pedagogical approaches, culled from the year of pandemic pedagogy. These promising practices will help inform teaching and learning practices for applied innovation.

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

Break 3

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM

EdTalk Speaker #1: Kate Rowley

Webinar ID: 890 3933 5658

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12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

EdTalk Speaker #2: Marlene Carter

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12:50 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM

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