Focal Students: Equity in the Classroom

December 19, 2018 | 3:30-4:30pm Pacific

Moving from “big picture” conversations about equity to effectively changing classroom practices can be a big hurdle for schools and districts. At the National Equity Project, we’ve supported major shifts in classroom practice and gains for students by working with teachers to take a focal student approach: learning deeply from a few students to change practices to impact greater numbers of students. We use our signature Learning Partnership framework – drawing from the work of our colleague Zaretta Hammond (author of Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain) – to guide this focal student approach.

Learning Partnerships enable educators to build trust with students across differences of identity (race, gender, class, family background, life experience, etc.) and leverage that trust in service of deeper ownership—and ultimately acceleration—of student learning.

Join us for a free interactive webinar to explore:

  • What learning conditions have we created that either inhibit or promote student success?
  • What kind of relationships increase engagement and ownership of learning for students – especially those who have not been successful in schools and/or have a history of negative experiences?
  • Why and how might we use a focal student approach in service of working toward equity?
  • What does it mean to build a Learning Partnership between teachers & students? How can we get started in building that partnership?

This free webinar is designed for teachers and anyone who supports teacher practice.  You’ll be introduced to the National Equity Project’s Learning Partnership framework, hear some of our experiences with how a focal student approach can be most effective, and receive some practical resources to get you started.

Click here to register for this webinar.

Webinar Hosts

Mark Salinas

Mark Salinas

Colm Davis

Colm Davis