• Supporting Students To Thrive: Understanding All Through A Focus on Equity and Inclusion To Foster Learning, Well-Being And Achievement – Michelle Coutinho, Dr. Max Vecchiarino, Dr. Marianne Mazzorato (Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board)

Education is said to be the great equalizer, but it is only when we create systems that foster understanding and embrace a commitment to dignity and identity for all that students, staff and communities truly flourish. This workshop will explore the deep connectedness and intersectionality between identity, pedagogy and achievement. Forward thinking work in equity, building on successful practices in data collection, the encouragement of student voice and community partnerships will be discussed. Participants will be challenged to re-think the manner in which they conceptualize curriculum, address student needs and respond to diverse community identities.

  • Fostering Access and Success in Higher Education: The Equity in Mental Health Framework – Dr. David Rivera (Queens College, CUNY & The Steve Fund) and Andrea Reeve (Colorado State University)

This session will explore the distinctive mental health challenges of the college years, and the intersection of college access and success with wellbeing. The session will address the unique obstacles to mental health literacy and help-seeking among marginalized college students, as well as the need for broader engagement with peers, families, communities, and other key stakeholders in promoting their health and wellbeing. Finally, the panelists will provide practical strategies and resources that higher education professionals can incorporate into their work addressing the campus environment and mental wellbeing of students from marginalized backgrounds.

  • Technology!= Equal: Pros and Cons for Leveling the Equity Playing Field Robert KochS&P Global

Presenting stories about how technology is a great equalizer in terms of accessibility, however at the same time we lost sight of what groups are missing out with the ever-incremental advancements made. Mostly marginalized groups such as the blind, deaf, mentally and physically challenged are falling behind while at the same time keeping up. Technology is an enabler and an impediment; can fill in the accessibility gaps while making the gaps larger.

  • Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: A “Grow Your Own” Talent Strategy for Building a More Diverse Teacher Workforce that Focuses on Our Students of Today Becoming Our Teachers of Tomorrow Heidi Dotterrer and Ismael Ramos (Generation Teach), John Albright and Nahum Kisner (Denver Public Schools)

In this session, participants will examine how a large urban school district is partnering with a national organization to increase the number of teachers of color. Denver Public Schools and Generation Teach have partnered to build a diverse teacher pipeline by investing in high school and college students. The collaboration and early investment in the future teacher workforce is poised to increase the number of diverse candidates working in Denver Public Schools. Session participants will examine critical attributes of the partnership that have led to success and will learn specific strategies for partnering and providing support for aspiring teachers.

  • Using Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Biological Intelligence – Erika TwaniLearning One to One

Artificial Intelligence (AI) challenges our education concepts and its impact is broader than we may think. AI is all around us, it is the new normal and we like it! A recent report by the World Economic Forum says that technology will replace five million jobs by 2020. Is the teaching profession among them? How can we better use AI to learn? In this session, participants will learn: 1. How biological intelligence (BI) and AI use the same neurotransmitters to enhance learning or hack minds; 2. The learning system: how the brain learns and simple ways to improve learning; 3. How education apps are using AI; 4. Four main areas where AI will impact learning the most; 5. A simple guideline: how to select the right technology to enhance students’ BI; 6. How to use the Learning Roadmap to identify participants’ teaching practices and where they need to focus next to fully take advantage of AI technology.