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Making Equity a Priority: Lessons Learned in Planning and Implementing Personalized Learning for All Students

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January 23, 2019

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:


FRS Gear Focus:


Collaborative Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and Personalized Professional Learning

Please direct questions concerning the webinar to If you are unable to watch the webinar live, please register to receive the video archive directly in your inbox.

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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