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Sep. 28th (& other dates): Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Seminar Series


The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Seminar Series prepares participants to apply an asset-based lens to family engagement that is grounded in popular education, community organizing, racial equity, and effective practices in family engagement. Participants will:

  • Learn, share, and develop strategies, tools, and approaches to effectively engage families at their schools.
  • Examine how race, class, and equity impact family engagement and their own practices as educators.
  • Be prepared to be leaders and advocates for family engagement in their schools.

Workshops will take place on the following Thursdays from 8:45am-12:30pm: September 28, October 12, November 16, January 25, March 15, and May 17. Cost is $300. Learn more and apply by September 13th

Oct. 19th: AERA Lecture on Disability Identification Disparities


The Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research is designed to feature the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. The Lectureship was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took into account scientific research in issuing its landmark ruling.

This year’s lecture examines longstanding challenges and risks associated with conducting and using research on complex equity problems. Alfredo J. Artiles examines these issues in the context of research on disability disparities that are historically linked to demographic markers such as race, social class, and gender. This is an intricate equity problem since disability identification is associated with academic achievement gaps, increased school dropouts, inequities in college access, differential job market opportunities, and reduced civic engagement. Artiles critiques traditional studies on disability disparities and outlines three guidelines for the next generation of equity research: accounting for history in the production of knowledge, addressing how marginalized groups are depicted in studies, and investigating the multiple dimensions of identity differences.

This event takes place on Thursday, October 19th at 6pm at The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public, with a buffet reception to follow. You can RSVP HERE.

Oct. 20th: “21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools” Book Discussion

Registration and more information about this free book discussion can be found HERE. Registrants will receive a copy of the book No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools by Samuel Casey Carter via email.

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