Schools across the United States face issues of racism and equity every day. EGUSD is no different. On Sept. 9, we hosted our Power of 1 conference to train educators and staff on how to deal with these problems. The Power of 1 is created by the Learning Support Services (LSS) Department, which oversees Title 1 programs at 27 schools in our district.
EGUSD is the fifth-largest school district in California. We have a total of 24,444 students and 1,072 of employees at our Title 1 schools. Nearly 500 people participated in The Power of 1 conference. Due to the large attendance, we hope this type of professional development will have a ripple effect across our district. We believe the best ways to talk about racism and equity is through training and discussion.
Here’s a sampling of our keynote speakers:
Dr. Pedro A. Noguera. He’s the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He’s written more than 200 research articles, monographs and research reports on urban school reform, youth violence and race relations in America.
Tara Brown. She’s the president of Learner’s Edge Consulting. Known as the “Connection Coach,” her 30-year career as a teacher and coach has taken her from meeting rural students in Florida to working with students plagued with gang violence in California.
John Krownapple. He specializes in facilitating professional learning and organizational development. His book, Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity: Culturally Proficient Facilitation, explains how professionals can gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions to support equity and inclusion.
Take a look at some of the sessions attendees participated in...
Reading and Writing Strategies That Work
Explored various ways to incorporate effective reading strategies into ELA instruction in the third to sixth grades.
The Power to Bridge Cultural Gaps
Showed attendees how to create an inclusive learning environment and explored how to foster cross-cultural engagement for students, parents and staff.
A quick introduction for teachers new to Twitter to show how the social media platform can be a tool for both professional learning and parent communication.
A discussion about being black in the American school system. Students were asked about the obstacles they overcame and fielded questions from the audience.
Six Ways to Know if You Are Culturally and Linguistically Responsive
Gave attendees a chance to learn more about common strategies used in classroom management, academic literacy, academic language and academic vocabulary.
Perception vs. Reality: Building Character in Students of Color
Taught educators how to self-evaluate the way they handle students who are failing academically and emotionally.
Creating a Culturally Competent Discipline Process
Asked attendees this question: What is your district doing to minimize the number of suspensions leading to expulsion and to ensure that students of color are not disproportionately represented in the expulsion data?
Latest Trends on Youth Drug Use: Pot, Pills and Vaping—What Are They All About?
Participants got a firsthand look at the current trends and information on youth substance abuse. The session also reviewed signs and symptoms for students who might be using these substances.
Mindfulness as an Equity Tool
A workshop that focused on the components of mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, mental and emotional resilience and the science that supports how mindfulness can make teachers even better.
Guiding Teams to Excellence and Equity Through Cultural Proficiency
Explored what it takes to guide the transformation of a team, school or district into one that promotes inclusiveness, equity and excellence.