Professional Learning Events

The Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center brings together education stakeholders across district and state boundaries, supports peer-to-peer mentoring, and offers opportunities to share information on similar problems of practice regarding educational equity. The Center offers everything from the multi-experience Learning Network Cohort to two-day immersive conferences such as Equity Leaders Institute. Register for the Center's 2019-2020 professional learning events HERE and plan to join us at one of our events. 

 

Equity Leaders Institute

Equity Leaders Institutes are transformative two-day learning experiences intended to increase participants’ capacities to advance and sustain equitable practices in teaching and learning.  We limit Institute participants to 60 in order to ensure personalized technical assistance support from Center staff. Participants engage in shared learning experiences related to effective practices for leading equity-focused district/school improvement initiatives, network with others in similar roles and responsibilities, and initiate planning towards efforts for increasing their capacities to effectively lead equity-focused school/district improvement initiatives.

Accessibility

  • Elevators
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Audio Amplification
  • Additional accommodations upon request

 


State Equity Leaders Summit

The State Equity Leaders Summit is an invitational, one-day experience for state education agency personnel. The Summit engages participants in strategic dialogue focused on ensuring equitable education opportunities for all students and fosters cross-state collaborative partnerships. The Summit brings together Region III state-level leaders from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and North Dakota, as well as university scholars, to participate in critical conversations about equity considerations and practice/policy solutions.

  • 2018 State Equity Leaders Summit: Equity in Action: Authentically Engaging Stakeholders in Equity-Focused State Planning

Accessibility

  • Elevators
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Audio Amplification
  • Additional accommodations upon request

 


 

EquiLearn Focus Sessions

At our EquiLearn Focus Sessions, district-level educators engage in dynamic day-long collegial study, discussion, and custom planning activities related to engaging in critical conversations and planning to confront and redress inequitable district practices. The Center provides planning and facilitation of networking with other educators engaged in similar work as well as one-on-one team consultation with a Center staff member during action planning. During the action planning portion of the day, participants identify specific steps for implementing the practices discussed back in their own local contexts.

  • 2019 Equilearn Focus Sessions: Critical Consciousness: Moving Beyond Critical Reflection to Critical Action
    • Cadre I Equilearn Focus Session: (Open to Center Partners in MN, WI, ND, SD, NE)
    • Cadre II Equilearn Focus Session: (Open to Center Partners in KS, IL, MO, IA)
    • Cadre III Equilearn Focus Session: (Open to Center Partners in IN, OK, MI, OH)

Accessibility

  • Elevators
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Audio Amplification
  • Additional accommodations upon request

 


Learning Network Cohort

The Learning Network Cohort is an intentional learning community that provides shared learning and networking opportunities for partners related to a common topic of interest or shared goals. The Center offers opportunities for cohort members to participate in shared online professional learning and networking experiences, including an orientation, a virtual roundtable discussion with a subject matter expert, an equity tool showcase, and a webinar. In addition, cohort members may request a professional learning experience for their district related to the topic of the Learning Network Cohort. Members have access to a password-protected document sharing site that is populated with resources and research, as well as access to a Technical Assistance specialist who lives and works in their region.

Currently, the Center offers a series of virtual learning events focused on two topic areas:

  • Culturally Responsive/Asset-based and Sustaining Practices: This customized series provides tools and supports to assist with advancing educators’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of evidence-based culturally responsive and sustaining leadership practices.
  • Safe and Inclusive Schools: This customized series provides educators targeted supports to redress incidents of harassment based on race, sex, national origin, and/or religion, as well as guidance on how to create safe and inclusive learning cultures and climates.

Please make a request for membership HERE if you would like to join the Learning Network Cohort and receive the event registration password.

 


Strategic Equity Partnership Academies

Strategic Equity Partnership Academies are unique professional learning sessions designed exclusively for Tier Three partners that focus on a particular topic pertaining to educational equity and are in alignment with partnership MOU goals and objectives. In the Leading Equity-Focused Initiatives Partnership Academy, Tier Three partners learn about building capacity around leading equity-focused systemic initiatives. In the Equity-Oriented Strategic Planning Partnership Academy, Tier Three partners engage in facilitated strategic planning sessions, specifically focused on defining and/or advancing their organization’s systemic equity goals. Most sessions are held on-site at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

 


External Professional Learning Events

The Center offers customized, research- and practice-based highly interactive professional learning experiences about equitable state, district, school, and classroom level practices to diverse stakeholders in education. Please make a request for assistance HERE if you would like us to design and deliver a customized professional learning experience for your organization.

 


Equilearn Virtual Roundtables/Webinars

Equilearn Virtual Roundtable/Webinar is a live online synchronous learning experience aimed at providing an opportunity for participants to talk with and ask questions of a Subject Matter Expert, as well as engage in discussions and activities, which are uniquely different than more didactic focused webinars. 

Accessibility

  • Recorded Episodes with Closed Caption
  • Downloadable Transcriptions