What Matters Most: EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit Schedule

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This fall, in lieu of our in-person national conference, we will gather virtually at #ELVS20 as an educational community committed to racial justice, quality curriculum, and social-emotional learning for all to meet this moment and focus on promising practices that can guide our work, no matter the setting.

Join us from October 22-23, 2020 to learn side by side with leaders, researchers, students, teachers, and education experts to adapt practical and actionable tools through a series of intimate conversations and interactive sessions. Register today, or view the full schedule below:

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Day 1: Thursday, October 22

A Morning of Work Toward Racial Justice

  • Virtual Summit kicks off with remarks by Glenn Singleton, author of Courageous Conversations About Race who shares his work to heighten awareness of institutional racism and implement effective strategies for eliminating racial achievement disparities in schools.
  • Directly following this keynote, participants split into smaller Racial Justice Workshops designed by Glenn Singleton. These intimate workshops empower participants to grapple with the ideas, content, and practical strategies from Courageous Conversations About Race. This hour-long workshop utilizes small breakouts, supporting participants to authentically delve into racial justice work by asking questions, sharing experiences, and fostering connections.

Lunch Break

  • Optional Drop-In Dens provide an opportunity for networking and collaboration in smaller groups.

Students Speak

  • Led by EL Education alumni, Student Ambassadors share their compelling stories using video, slides, artwork, and live demonstrations.
  • Participants self-select into social identity based Affinity Crews to connect, honor each other, and hold space for unpacking content together. Choose to attend: Asian Pacific Islander, BIPOC and Queer, Black and African American, Faith Based, Latinx, LGBTQ+, or White. Affinity Crews run twice - participants may choose to attend the same Crew twice or choose a different Crew to join on Friday.

Deep Dive: Session A

  • Join us as we aspire to be an anti-racist organization and dive into issues around Racial Equity. Guest experts from like-minded organizations and partner schools will lead these sessions.

Closing Circle

  • Led by Student Ambassadors, participants come together to end Day 1 by recognizing newly credentialed schools and honoring 2020 Silverberg Award and Klingenstein Award recipients.

Day 2: Friday, October 23

Coffee Hour

  • Optional Drop-In Dens provide an opportunity for networking and collaboration in smaller groups.

Teachers Speak

  • Led by an EL Education leader and Student Ambassadors, Day 2 begins with a panel conversation with three passionate educators. This frank exchange includes their thoughts on what is working in schools during the pandemic, what practices matter most, and equity issues facing schools today. Hear from:
    • Justin Lopez-Cardoze (2020 D.C. Teacher of the Year, Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, DC)
    • Pamela Hornbuckle (Maybury Elementary Middle School, Detroit, MI)
    • Susan Jurries (Arbor Vitae Woodruff Elementary School, Arbor Vitae, WI)
  • Participants self-select into a Role Alike Crew based on their role to unpack what is working in schools during the pandemic, what practices matter most, and equity issues facing schools today. Groups include: School leaders (urban/suburban or rural), Elementary (K-2 or 3-5, urban/suburban or rural), Middle School (urban/suburban or rural), High School (urban/ suburban or rural).

Lunch Break

Deep Dive: Session B

  • Join guest experts and leading educators from around the country to dive deeply into best practices around Student Agency and Social-Emotional Learning.

Deep Dive: Session C

  • Looking for some specific strategies to use with your students or staff? Session C will include presenters who will share practicalities around implementation of EL’s curriculum, math in a virtual setting, and more.

An Afternoon of Social-Emotional Learning

  • Dena Simmons speaks to participants about social justice and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy as well as creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity and liberation.
  • Participants self-select into social identity based Affinity Crews to connect, honor each other, and hold space for unpacking content together. Choose to attend: Asian Pacific Islander, BIPOC and Queer, Black and African American, Faith Based, Latinx, LGBTQ+, or White. Affinity Crews run twice - participants may choose to attend the same Crew that they select for Thursday or choose a different Crew to attend on Friday.

Closing Circle

Policies, Logistics, and Pricing Information

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Sending multiple people? Bulk pricing is available! Please contact Nicole Graziano at ngraziano@eleducation.org for details.

To learn about sponsoring What Matters Most, please contact Tyler Wigton at twigton@ELeducation.org.