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Student Voice: Create the Space and Your Students Will Emerge

February 17, 2021 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET
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"How do effective leaders create a space for students to speak?"

Your students are very aware of the lack of equity in education, and in the world at large. This year especially, we can see they’ve found their voice in a time of protest and social unrest. They can take the lead in the critical area of equity.

Effective leaders create a space for students to speak, because they know that either you organize for student voice, or you run the risk of student voice organizing against your initiatives. In this virtual event, we’ll talk about how to tap into your student voice to find answers to your equity challenges. We’ll look at effective ways to have these critical conversations with your students, and how you can gain student support for district initiatives.

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Jay Sorensen

Ed Tech Coordinator
Oxnard Union High School District

Jay is the Ed Tech Coordinator for the Oxnard Union High School District. There he provides training to teachers and manages the gamified PD Oxnard Union Express. He also moderates the #VCHSchat and #OUStuVoice Twitter chats, is a co-founder of the student video game design and coding competition Skoolcade, and is an organizer for both EdCampRio & EdCamp6-12. He is also the President of Gold Coast CUE.

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Beth Applewhite

District Vice-Principal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Burnaby School District

Beth Applewhite is a District Vice-Principal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with the Burnaby School District. B.C. born and raised, Beth is a bi-racial educator of Trinidadian and Scottish heritages who has been unrelenting in her determination to challenge the status quo and create equitable learning experiences that acknowledge racism and celebrate personal and cultural identities. She believes that racism is one of the most serious problems facing schools today. She advocates for honest discourse, student and community voice, increased awareness of systemic racism in education, and the need to deal with racial bias amongst educators. In her new role, she has been providing Anti-Racism presentations and training for Students, Staff, Administrators, Senior Management and Trustees across a few Districts in the Lower Mainland. Beth uses her lived experience and the lived experiences of students and families to inform her practice and show educators the painful, long-reaching effects of racism in schools.

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Dr. Dennis Carpenter

Director of K12 Anti-Racism
and Equity
ThoughtExchange

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter has worked in the education field for more than two decades, most recently as a superintendent. Some of his many accomplishments include achieving Missouri’s highest annual performance score for improvement in underserved student performance, as well as spearheading the implementation of the equity-focused "Innovation Track Program" which enabled students to earn low or no cost college credits in partnership with the local community college. He has also worked to create a free full day pre-K program, expanded before and after school programs, improved teacher salaries and tripled fundraising efforts for student scholarships and teacher grants. Carpenter is a #TripleEagle, earning his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, educational specialist and educational doctorate in educational leadership from Georgia Southern, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership from Augusta State University. Some of his awards include the Georgia Southern Minority Leadership award and the Phi Beta Sigma Educator of the Year award. Dr. Carpenter is married to Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter and they have two young children, Landen Drake and Layla Dee. The family lives in North Augusta, South Carolina.

 
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February 17, 202110:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET
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"How do effective leaders create a space for students to speak?"

Your students are very aware of the lack of equity in education, and in the world at large. This year especially, we can see they’ve found their voice in a time of protest and social unrest. They can take the lead in the critical area of equity.

Effective leaders create a space for students to speak, because they know that either you organize for student voice, or you run the risk of student voice organizing against your initiatives. In this virtual event, we’ll talk about how to tap into your student voice to find answers to your equity challenges. We’ll look at effective ways to have these critical conversations with your students, and how you can gain student support for district initiatives.

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