Track III: Cultivating Equity in Education

November 12-13, 2020

If we hope to have a society that is inclusive, fully employed, maximally productive, and celebratory of diversity generally, we must allocate resources and energy towards the success of the next generation of leaders. Along with the challenges, there are opportunities. Effective after school programs, innovative career exploration and preparation, co-curricular apprenticeships and dual enrollment are just a few of the many positive initiatives that are helping lay the groundwork for success for all youth regardless of background.

Session Schedule


*Date *Time Start *Time End   *Session Title Description  Speakers 
Thursday, November 12 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 25 Equity in the Classroom: A Collaboration Between the WTCS, UW System, and WAICU It is powerful to have all three higher educational systems working together, especially when the challenge at hand regards equity. Increased collaboration between these systems, state agencies, and organizations in general is something to consistently encourage. Each of the post-secondary systems in the state has identified the need to address inequity in higher education. One of the most important components of system-wide equity efforts is discussing how faculty understands and embrace equity and inclusion in the classroom. Listen to representatives from each system discuss how they came together to collaborate on an event for faculty and a goal to increase equity in credential attainment in our state. Attendees will take away examples of how to start and maintain successful collaborations. Kristen Long, Wisconsin Technical College System, Education Director-Faculty Quality Assurance and Professional Learning ; Chrystal Seeley-Schreck, Wisconsin Technical College System, Associate Vice President- Office of Instructional Services; Fay Yokomizo Akindes, University of Wisconsin System, Director- System wide Professional and Instructional Development; Cassandra Krause, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), Director of Communications and Marketing 
Thursday, November 12 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 26 Talk with Me – Using Innovative Technology to Help Communities Support Equity in Education by Cultivating Language-Rich Environments with Young Children The research is clear: allocating resources to programs that focus on the early years of life – especially children from under-resourced communities – is the smartest investment that society can make to yield longer-term education, health, and economic returns. A child’s early language environment is one example of those valuable front-end investments. Ensuring that all young children are experiencing high-quality interactions throughout their day – both in the home and classroom settings – is critical to addressing barriers to equity, access, and excellence. Without stimulating adult-child interactions throughout the day, children lack access to optimal social, emotional and cognitive development opportunities. The strategies presented using LENA Grow and LENA Start will illustrate innovative ways in which communities can help lay the groundwork for success in kindergarten and beyond for children, regardless of their background. Corina Norrbom, MD, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, Health Policy Fellow
Thursday, November 12 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 27 Learn how to Increase Equity, Promote Inclusion, and Foster Safety Learn from an Inclusivity Specialist how to increase equity, promote inclusion, and foster safety in this lively session. Maslow before Bloom indeed! If students/staff don't feel safe they won't succeed, walk away with some tools to help them thrive! Lisa is a former school counselor, state and national leader, and is currently writing a book on LGBTQ+ resources. She has received her Diversity & Inclusion Certification from Cornell University. Attendees will walk away with knowing how to SHOW inclusivity, how to SHARE their stories and experiences in order to SHAPE policies in their schools as well as in their communities. Lisa in on a quest to help Toward One Wisconsin build communities of Equity AND Opportunity! Oh, and we'll have FUN! Lisa A Koenecke, Inclusion Ally, Lakeland University, Inclusivity Specialist 
Thursday, November 12 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 28 Building Equity in High School Graduation Rates Wisconsin has the largest achievement gap between black and white students’ graduation rates. To improve our community and the outcome of our high school graduation rate, teachers and youth program specialists should utilize a system of identifying students that are at risk of dropping out of high school. When a student is recognized to have risk factors of dropping out, there are many approaches that can be taken. Achieve Brown County has worked with mentoring organizations and school district partners to produce a systems approach to detect students that are at risk, determine why the student is at risk, and finally deliver the appropriate support for the student. In this session attendees will learn ways to identify and support the students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. Vicki Bayer, Deputy Superintendent for Green Bay Area Public School District; Johanna Wicklund, Senior Director of Strategy and Measurement for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay; Ann McCotter, Director of Collaborative Action for Achieve Brown County
Thursday, November 12 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 29 Understanding the Hmong Experience through a Cultural and Historic Lens  This presentation is based on my participation in the 2019 Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad. This grant supported 12 secondary and post-secondary educators to travel to Thailand for a four-week seminar focused on Hmong history and culture. The objectives of this presentation are to improve Hmong historical and cultural understanding and expand support of the region’s Hmong population. There will be a historical overview of the Hmong Diaspora, an explanation of the difference between refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers, a historical and generational experience of the Hmong’s transition into American culture, and a nursing student’s experience and transition into health care. Lin J. Rauch, MSN-Ed., RN, BSN, BS Ed., Viterbo College
Thursday, November 12 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 30 Rigor, Relevance, & Representation -The 3Rs Needed to Create Equity in Education  The session is designed to advance the process of learning that leads to an enhanced ability to effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the presence of cultural diversity in a defined social system. In this highly interactive activity-based workshop, participants will learn strategies to help:  1. Learn about the benefits of demonstrating culturally competent attitudes and behaviors in an educational setting to promote equity. 2. Understand how one’s views, biases, statements, and assumptions impact relationships with others, including co-workers, students, and community stakeholders. 3. Discuss practical methods to work effectively with diverse audiences.     Rayon Brown,  Fox Valley Technical College, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (CDO); Mayra Pasayes, Fox Valley Technical College, Scholars for Success Coordinator
Friday, November 13 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 31 New Voices in Oshkosh The right to speak and to be heard is fundamental to the advancement of the cause of social justice. Are we ready to listen to the voices of refugee and immigrant youth? Large numbers of immigrant and refugee youth are present in public schools in the United States, yet services to meet their needs are often lacking. There are few opportunities for bilingual education or support in secondary school settings. Coupled with heavy academic requirements and difficulty of fitting in common to adolescence, refugee and immigrant youth often find themselves silenced, isolated from the school and larger community (Berry, Phinney, Sam & Vedder, 2006). Schools often do not have the resources to support programs for students during the summer, a key time to continue social and academic language progress. Participants will be introduced to individuals who have navigated the challenges facing immigrants and refugees as they pursued their educational journeys.  Don Hones, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Professor; Jessica Martinez, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Preservice Teacher; Sabrina Samo, Fox Valley Technical College, Student
Friday, November 13 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 32 You, You got What I Need - Now let's get Together: What Biz Markie and Al Green Know About Equity in Education Innovation One of the biggest challenges in education innovation is connecting the meaningful input, ideas, and needs of those most impacted by inequity with those who may have the technical knowledge or power to help bring about actual change. Learn and practice models from participatory school design, community organizing, and charter school development to learn ways to leverage the expertise of everyone in your community to make change or implement a new idea. Attendees will take away tangible models and frameworks to apply in their own communities and contexts to move from big problems and needs to specific issues, policies, programs, and solutions. Given the interactive nature of the session we also expect new connections within the session, shared examples, and applications in other contexts. Aaron Seligman, University of Wisconsin System, Director - Office of Educational Opportunity; Sean Anderson, Milestone Democratic School, School Developer
Friday, November 13 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 33 Increasing Equity in Dual Enrollment According to the "Unlocking Potential" report published by the College in High School Alliance, white high school students in the US are twice as likely to earn college credit by enrolling in dual enrollment classes as their African American or Latino peers. Learn how Wisconsin school districts are working together with colleges and universities to increase equity in dual enrollment, including special education students.  Walk away with ideas and best practices you can apply! Karin Smith, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Academic and Career Planning and Dual Enrollment Consultant, Division for Academic Excellence;  Carleen Vande Zande, University of Wisconsin System Office of Academic Programs and Educational Innovation, Associate Vice President; Ann Westrich, Wisconsin Technical College System, Education Director, Career Prep, Office of Student Success;  Rebecca Larsen, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Senior Vice President for Advocacy                 
Friday, November 13 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 34 Exploring Native Higher Education Pathways and the American Indian Boarding School Experience This workshop will explore the differences and provide a cultural response for student success.  With the use of a constructive pedagogy we will promote discipline thought and simplify understanding for a better understanding of Native persistence within academia to degree attainment. In addition, attendees will gain a better understanding of the historical trauma experienced as a result of attending a boarding school.  Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how this trauma is inter-generational. This journey includes a historical review of the Boarding School Era with details of student experiences while attending the Lutheran Indian Mission School located in Red Springs, Wisconsin. The session will emphasize the importance of building relationships and trust while simultaneously acknowledging that there is no such thing as a bad child; only a bad memory. Jolene Bowman, Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Director of Education and Career Services
Friday, November 13 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 35 Equity-Minded High-Impact Practices: Pedagogy and Program Development  We will share the development of a project to make “high-impact practices” (HIP) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay more inclusive and explore the qualities that research shows make high-impact practices distinctive and particularly beneficial for historically marginalized students. We’ll help attendees reflect on how pedagogy and curriculum might change if these students are centered. Our session is useful for anyone interested in engaged learning, increasing equity along multiple axes, and beginning the slow work of institutional culture-change. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how their organization, classroom, or work relates to making equity-minded HIPs a priority.  Alison Staudinger, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Co-Director, Center for Civic Engagement; Associate Professor, Democracy and Justice Studies; Caroline Boswell, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning; Associate Professor-History and Humanities 
Friday, November 13 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 36 The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys This workshop will introduce” The Guide for White Women Teaching Black Boys.” The guide was created to support White women to engage in concentrated, focused inquiry around their relationships with Black male students, and the impact on those relationships of race and racism. To effectively support students to move through the gates (which are what great teachers do) rather than closing off student access, teachers need to be able to see students clearly, to connect with them authentically, and to understand the way the gates are already rigged to make it harder for Black students to move through them. For White teachers to be allies to their Black male students, they have to understand not only their students, but the struggles their students incur simply by being Black and male in the US. Participants will work through activities that may challenge them, require honest reflection on their whiteness, and will reflect on their role in possibly perpetuating an inherently white and privileged society. The sessions will support White teachers in their search for personal growth as educators and the academic achievement of their Black male students.  Eddie Moore Jr., PhD, The Privilege Institute; Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, PhD, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Professor