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Monday, March 12 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
How a Suburban High School is Engaging its Students, Staff, and Parents in Improving Equity

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In this session, presenters from Fairfield Warde High School will share how they are using student/parent involvement and professional development at their suburban high school to develop the skill and shared sense of urgency needed to address their disproportionate achievement/opportunity for students of color and income-challenged students.

Through discussion, narratives, and activities, presenters will focus on systemic racism and how it plays out in competitive schools, how leadership can manage resistance that arises when challenging the status quo, and how misinterpretation of wealth vs. income can negatively impact students of color.

Students will share their educational experiences and the impact of adult actions on self-confidence and enrollment in high-level courses and opportunities. They will discuss the impact on their lives of the community’s first student-led urban-suburban equity conference, and teachers will discuss some of their own unique instructional equity initiatives and our task force’s impact on their practice and interactions with students/parents of color.

Participants will leave with an understanding of how one high-performing high school is developing urgency and skills needed to address its achievement/opportunity gaps by providing student/parent led professional development, creating student programming that promotes healthy student identity, and eliminating exclusionary practices that promote disengagement.


Sriram Devadi

Student, Fairfield Warde High School

Dawn Jara

Teacher, Fairfield Warde High School

Mowens Jean

Student, Fairfield Warde High School

Rich Novack

Teacher, Fairfield Warde High School

Monday March 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
555 B - Convention Center