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U.S. Department of Education Equity Summit Series Launch


The U.S. Department of Education announces the first installment of their Equity Summit Series. This summit features panel discussions focused on best practices for building an equitable environment in our schools, and remarks from individuals who are working to make those equitable schools a reality.

The first installment of the series explores how schools and communities can reimagine our school systems so that every student has a voice in their school and classroom, particularly students from underserved communities, including communities of color, students with disabilities, and multilingual learners. The event features discussions on how all students can access a high-quality education responsive to their needs, and how schools can create more culturally and linguistically responsive and inclusive learning environments for all students. This first installment also features remarks from Department leaders, panel discussions focused on evidence-based practices and promising strategies for building equitable and inclusive environments in our schools, and insights from leaders working to make equitable and inclusive schools a reality.

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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten
  • Pedro Noguera, Dean, USC Rossier School of Education
  • Baruti Kafele, former principal from Newark, NJ
  • Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Rosemarie Eller, Board President, White Plains Public Schools
  • Melito Ramirez, Intervention Specialist, Walla Walla High School, Walla Walla, WA and 2021 RISE Award Winner
  • Olivia Carter, School Counselor, Jefferson Elementary School, Cape Girardeau, MO and 2021 School Counselor of the Year
  • Alejandro Diasgranados, Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Teacher, Aiton Elementary School and 2021 Washington, D.C. Teacher of the Year

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