WHAT IS IT?
This community engagement event creates an opportunity for education stakeholders in urban, suburban, and rural communities to convene online to discuss equity implications for addressing students' educational, social, and emotional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. During this Café, we will engage in dynamic discussion and share ideas for solutions to identified challenges in historically underserved communities, as school communities prepare for recovery, reentry, and reimaging teaching and learning in a new landscape.
Featuring these selected topics:
• Mental Health/Socio-emotional Wellness
• Family/Community Care
• Supporting Diverse Students in Distance Learning
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Participants will be able to join topic-specific discussions in virtual breakout rooms, co-facilitated by IUPUI School of Education faculty and MAP Center staff. During the discussion, participants will explore challenges, surface questions, and share solutions related to equity issues in the age of COVID-19. Following the breakout sessions, the participants will reconvene for a panel presentation by the IUPUI faculty members.
PANELISTS & FACILITATORS
Kathleen King Thorius, Ph.D., Executive Director of Great Lakes Equity Center/Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center, Associate Professor of Special Education, Urban Education Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Education. Dr. King Thorius’ research interest is concerned with educational access, participation, and outcomes for students, with particular attention to the ways in which systemic factors, including educational policy and educators’ practices, converge in classrooms to shape the experiences of underrepresented students, including those identified with disabilities.
Seena M. Skelton, Ph.D., Director of Operations, Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center. Dr. Skelton plans, directs, and manages projects and services offered to state and local education agencies throughout the Center’s thirteen-state region.
Tiffany Kyser, Ph.D., Associate Director of Engagement and Partnerships, Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center. Dr. Kyser leads the coordination of technical assistance support and collaboration with the MAP Center’s service provision team to plan, direct, and manage supports and professional learning experiences offered to state and local education agencies throughout the MAP Center’s thirteen-state region.
Rosiline Floyd, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Technical Assistance, Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center. Dr. Floyd manages the design and delivery of on-site and online professional development content and provides professional learning technical assistance to MAP Center clients.
Tambra Jackson, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Professor of Elementary and Secondary Education, Urban Education Studies at IUPUI. Dr. Jackson is a scholar-activist committed to social justice issues pertaining to the historical and contemporary oppression, miseducation, and liberation of children of Color in U.S. schools.
Jasmine Graham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Leadership and Policy Studies, Urban Education Studies at IUPUI. Dr. Graham’s research interest includes comprehensive and transformation urban school counseling, school-family-community collaboration.
Lasana Kazembe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education, Urban Education Studies at IUPUI. Dr. Kazembe’s research interests intersect Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, the Arts and Arts-based Learning, and Social & Racial Justice in Education.
Jeremy Price, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education, Urban Education Studies at IUPUI. Dr. Price's research and teaching focus on supporting the development of purposeful practices based in critical reflection with technology to support good and just teaching by preservice and inservice teachers.
We hope you can join us for this epic event!
The Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center)—a project of The Great Lakes Equity Center, approaches resource and service delivery that is grounded in a multi-tiered framework of technical assistance. Our goal is to engage in well-defined, content-rich technical assistance such that knowledge and expertise are shared in a way that results in transformative systemic change, as well as personal reflection and growth. The Region III Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center Virtual World Cafe is a project within our Tier Two: Learning Networks tier. To that end, we aim to make this unique learning experience available to others across Region III by providing a recording and transcriptions of the Series on our website, as well as posting pictures on our social media platforms.