So often we engage in discussions about education without including students, our primary stakeholders. This Flood Center series on Educational Equity and Opportunity leads with the voices of our students. Please join us monthly for a 1.5 hour session that will provide us space to hear from and engage with students and one another. Here, you will find resources from our past events, including the recording of the webinars.
Resources from Past Webinars
January 21st, 2021
What Does Culturally Responsive Curriculum Mean to Our Students?
Recognizing that culturally-responsive curriculum is an important aspect of ensuring equity and meeting the needs of all of our students, this session focuses on the student perspective on what is and is not included in their curriculum and learning opportunities. This session will also feature a discussion with current educators on how to implement a culturally -responsive curriculum in the classroom.
February 25th, 2021
Critical Conversations and Deeper Learning: Pedagogy with an Equity Lens
While it is great to create a culturally responsive curriculum, educators must also understand how to engage in the curriculum. Asking students to engage in discussions regarding their education, learning opportunities, and goals almost always leads to deeper insights, greater equity and changes to approaches. In our second session, we will hear directly from students and leaders from schools across North Carolina that focus on empowering learners through their pedagogy and learning opportunities.
May 4th, 2021
Ensuring Access to Rigorous Coursework for All Students
In 2017 News & Observer and Charlotte Observer utilized their series “Counted Out” to highlight the underrepresentation of students of color and students from low-income backgrounds in advanced placement or gifted courses, despite the fact that they qualified academically. This series resulted in the ratification of House Bill 986, which requires traditional public schools to place any students who scored a Level 5 on a mathematics EOC or EOG in advanced math classes. While this was a great step in the right direction, we still have more work to do to ensure that all students have equitable access to advanced coursework.
June 24th, 2021
Increasing Diversity in STEM
Over the next decade, the U.S. will need one million more STEM professionals to meet the market demand. However, there is a large and persistent underrepresentation of certain social groups that represents a loss of talent. To build our future economy and a more equitable workforce, we must address our shortage of STEM talent at both the middle-skills and advanced levels. In our fourth session of the Dudley Flood Center Student Voices Series, students will engage in a critical conversation on the importance of STEM engagement with an equity lens, critical barriers, and how it can be achieved.