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Equity and Student-Centered Learning: Emphasizing Inclusion of Our Most Vulnerable Students

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August 14, 2019

Equity and Student-Centered Learning:
Emphasizing Inclusion of Our Most Vulnerable Students

Avril Smart Goggans, Ph.D., Research and Engagement Manager for Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
Ace Parsi, Director of Innovation, National Center for Learning Disabilities
Winsome Waite, Ph.D., Vice President Practice, Alliance for Excellent Education

On August 14, 2019, Future Ready Schools® held a webinar on the issues surrounding the implementing of digital learning initiatives with equity in mind.  It covered questions like: how do educators ensure that policies and procedures from their plans—specifically around developing empowered learners–translate to practice?

Panelists described the characteristics of student-centered learning, and the importance of applying an equity lens when planning and implementing digital learning. The National Center for Learning Disabilities’ Ace Parsi explained the importance of including the needs of students with disabilities in plans for personalized student-centered learning environments.  he also shared common barriers that impede their full engagement. Winsome Waite related research from the Alliance for Excellent Education’s work on the Science of Adolescent Learning (SAL) describing environmental factors like community values, poverty, prejudice, and inequity that can influence classrooms, schools, and student learning, especially among historically underserved and marginalized students. The session concluded with recommendations for school and district leaders about important considerations when designing their student-centered learning efforts.

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Future Ready Schools® is a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

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