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Leveling the Playing Field: An Introduction to Educational Equity

In this 80-minute recorded virtual workshop, we introduce educational equity — what it is, why we need it, and how we can reach it. 

Student success is at the heart of all of our efforts as educators. However, to fully serve each of our students, we must understand the barriers preventing them from reaching their full potential. Educational equity is an effort to give everyone what they need to succeed and an explicit effort to level the playing field to reach equality. In this recorded virtual workshop, participants examined some of the barriers students face and reflected on what they can do to reduce barriers and provide support.

Objective

Equip participants with a shared vocabulary for understanding and employing educational equity principles.

Learning Objectives

  • Engage participants in exercises that expand awareness of educational equity issues.
  • Empower participants to reflect on what they can control and influence to improve educational equity for every student.

About the Recording

This session was a two-and-a-half-hour virtual workshop for 100 elementary school participants. For the client, we held two identical sessions for ~100 high school educators and ~100 middle school educators.

To make virtual sessions interactive and engaging, we employ multiple teaching techniques. With years of experience doing so, we’ve honed strategies for helping participants understand tasks and model in various ways how to navigate the technologies before moving into breakout groups. We monitor breakout room progress. These pauses have been trimmed from the recording

You can download a sample handout at the end of this post. 

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Are you interested in this workshop for your team? We can do it in-person or virtually for up to a full-day workshop, extending on each topic and increasing engagement through breakout groups. 

Download a sample handout as a printable PDF and digital worksheet.

Sample Leveling the Playing Field Handouts

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Meagan Pollock, PhD

Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail.

An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action.

As an engineer turned educator, Meagan Pollock is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce.

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