September 24, 2020 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM PDT (11:00 AM - 7:00 PM EDT)
8:00 – Welcome
8:30 – Breaking Systemic Barriers: Race and Equity in Education
A Provocation by Aaliyah Samuel, EdD
It is no secret that the U.S. education system was designed for a population that it no longer exclusively serves. Today, our classrooms are increasingly diverse, the workforce is steadily changing and so are the needs of our students and their families. Worse, the systemic and institutional barriers that have long plagued education are exacerbated by the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis across systems of health, education, housing and transportation. During this session, Dr. Samuel will shine a light on how assessments have been used to both empower and suppress students of color throughout history. She will also discuss how this practice of assessments feeds directly into the systems we know as the “preschool to prison pipeline,” and how becoming a systems thinker can help break the systems that have perpetuated this cycle.
9:00 – Forum Dialogue
9:20 – Large Group Debrief and Q&A with Dr. Samuel
10:00 – Break
10:15 – Seeing the Big Picture: Using the Iceberg
11:30 – THINK! Break
12:30 – Framing the EC System: Panel Presentation
Hear from a group of highly-regarded panelists as they share their perspectives, hopes and ideas about the early childhood care and education system.
1:00 – Panelist-Led Breakout Sessions
Each panelist will lead a breakout session. Participants will have the opportunity to choose which breakout they would like to attend.
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Connecting with Stories from the Field: Breakout Sessions
3:00 – Final Large Group Session: Continuing on Your Learning Pathway
4:00 – End of Forum