65 Years On: A Reflection on Brown v. Board and Educational Equity
Today marks 65 years since the Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the seminal civil rights ruling outlawing school segregation.
Since the ruling, American public school systems have wrestled with how to ensure equality for students regardless of race or background. However, equality cannot be achieved when the structures and systems were designed to disadvantage students of color. It is not enough to allow access to our public schools; we must question whether the opportunities, supports, and resources provided to students are what they need and set them up for success. Today we need to ask ourselves how are we creating equitable learning environments where all students can succeed.
Despite dramatic improvements in education over the last century, the one-size-fits-all, delivery of curriculum, time-based system simply doesn’t work as well as needed. In fact, the traditional system was designed to rank and sort students through a combination of practices that bolster or reduce grades based on behavior and tracking systems that set different expectations for students, often based on their income or race.
Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts before the end of your school or district’s fiscal year to save on the cost of attending the iNACOL Symposium October 28-31, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event shaping the future of K-12 education. Experts, practitioners, educators, policymakers, and researchers gather and work to transform education. This year’s theme is “Shining a Light on the Future of Learning.” More than 3,000 people are expected to attend and learn through more than 200 sessions, meet experts and practitioners, witness inspirational keynote addresses and form long-lasting bonds with the field's foremost leaders and innovators.
Our upcoming webinar will answer the most frequently asked questions about why competency-based education is important, how it relates to personalization, what makes an effective competency-based model, and what policies are needed to fully support it to ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career, and life. Presenters will include Eliot Levine, iNACOL Research Director; Susan Patrick, iNACOL President & CEO; and Dr. Pamela Swanson, Superintendent of Westminster Public Schools.
iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick to Keynote WPS Summit on Competency-Based Education
Educators from around the world will attend the second annual Westminster Public Schools Summit to take a look at a districtwide implementation of competency-based learning. iNACOL President and CEO Susan Patrick will keynote the event, which will allow attendees to visit classrooms and learn from teachers and administrators who have been driving the transformation toward student-centered learning for more than 10 years.
Proficiency-based learning (PBL), at its core, is about redesigning the learning and teaching system of America. Instead of basing learning on how much time a student spends, it bases learning on what students can demonstrate — exactly the same as every other system students will encounter in the world outside of school. Instead of only offering opportunities if students want to excel beyond very minimum levels of learning, it provides immediate support when students initially struggle to achieve high levels of learning. It is not a privilege-based system that benefits a few as the current tracking system employed across America follows today, but rather, an accountability system that demands support and assistance for all students.
Featured Webinar: Strategies for Teachers to Drive Student Agency through Inquiry-Based, Authentic Learning
In next generation learning models, student agency has been vital in shaping a learner’s academic experience and overall success. Allowing students to take ownership of their learning is critical for development, and fosters a healthy learning environment. In this webinar, you will hear from educators in Henry County Public Schools (GA) share how they use real-world experiences to evoke curiosity and create strategies for inquiry-based learning.
The iNACOL Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective personalized learning models toward the goals of high quality, equity, access and dramatically improving student learning to close the achievement gap and ensure every student has access to high-quality, world-class learning opportunities.
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