Making Equity a Priority: Lessons Learned in Planning and Implementing Personalized Learning for All Students
Jerry Almendarez, Superintendent, Colton Joint Unified School District ( CA) @JerryAlmendarez
Dr Kim Buryanek, Associate Superintendent, Sioux City Community School District (IA) @KBuryanek
Dr. Avril Smart Goggans, Research and Engagement Manager, Future Ready Schools®, Alliance for Excellent Education (@DrAvrilSmart)
On January 23, 2019 Future Ready Schools® (FRS) held a webinar that is part the ongoing professional learning opportunities for school and district leaders.
In this webinar, Jerry Almendarez and Dr Kim Buryanek, discussed their participation in the Future Ready Schools Digital Equity Program and their efforts to use technology to address inequities among their district’s underperforming students.
Colton Joint Unified leveraged in-person video conferencing to increase opportunities for high school students to access advanced placement courses. Sioux City Schools created a personalized professional learning program for teachers in the district that increased their knowledge and skills in implementing technology-enhanced curriculum in the classroom.
Both panelists’ unique approach to planning and implementing Future Ready initiatives provide two important examples of making equity a priority.
During the webinar, panelists discussed:
- motivating factors behind each district’s decision to focus on equity;
- how inequities among vulnerable students in the district were exposed in performance data;
- specific steps the district leadership teams took to unpack their challenges and later devise a plan;
- lessons learned from their digital equity efforts and plans for the future.
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