MINNEAPOLIS — A Conference to bring together educators, community leaders, students, and advocates around education equity and practice in Minnesota, is calling on presentation proposals for the MMEP 2014 Education Race Equity and Excellence Conference to be held Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP), the State’s premier organization for research, policy and engagement in the area of Educational Race Equity, is sponsoring the “Education Equity in Action” event. Its conferences have attracted hundreds of educators, policymakers, community leaders, and students and major media to learn about innovative approaches that enhance student of color success.
This year’s conference offers a powerful opportunity to highlight community collaborative efforts addressing education equity and excellence in Minnesota.
MMEP is seeking proposals for presentations at the conference that focus on action in the theme areas described below. The audience we want to reach is broad. We seek to challenge and enrich those who lead educational institutions and associations, instructors and teachers, policy makers, elected and appointed officials. A particular emphasis will be placed on hearing from, and responding to, the voices and needs of our youth and their communities.
The theme this year is “Education Equity in Action”. Participants can expect to leave with good ideas and tools (rubrics) that will allow them to return to their communities to bolster their work implementing education equity action. While not limited to the following, MMEP is particularly interested in highlighting work in these areas:
• School and Community Race Equity and Excellence Policies and Plans
Does your school, district, college, early childhood education program or organization have a formal Race Equity Excellence Policy? Why is it important? What are your policy’s key elements and principles? How did the policy come about? How does it further your core mission? What are the frank “politics” involved? How will you align practices? What innovative engagements, e.g. community partners, assisted with this shift?
• How and Why to End Student Discipline Disparities in Schools:
Is your School/ community/organization implementing new and equitable policy and practice to close racial disparities? Why is that important? What guides your work in this regard? How is it integrated into your core mission? What role do youth play? What implications do reform in this area have for the nature of the learning environment? For pedagogy? For teacher development? For family involvement? For student empowerment?
• Collective Impact Initiatives for Aligning “cradle to career” School and Community Action
Share your work of creating focused and organized synergy of action between school, colleges, businesses, families, students, community based non-profit intervention programs, and local government directed at improving educational race equity and excellence. What are the keys to collaboration? Who needs to be at the collaborative table? How do you engage and keep a diversity of actors engaged? What tension exists to drive them apart? What role does data, sharing effective practices, adaptive improvement processes, leveraging action and intervention practices, all mean to your success? How much does placing race equity at the center mean to success? Examples could include: Promise Neighborhood or STRIVE models.
• SPECIAL FOCUS: We are interested in having American Indian community efforts in this area particularly lifted up and shared.
• Teachers of Color
What effective efforts are underway to increase the numbers and presence of teachers of color in Minnesota? Why is that important? What barriers exist to that goal – policy, practices, biases, other? Why does this issue often get framed as a choice between “diversity” and “effectiveness”? Examples could answer:
• Is your teacher education program implementing innovative ways to prepare teachers of color for the classroom, what are your results so far?
Are you infusing a culturally competent curriculum in a teacher education program? What alternative pathways to teaching are finding innovative ways to develop more teachers of color and Native American teachers?
MMEP’s conference committee invites submissions for presentations in 14 sessions, seven in the morning and seven in the afternoon. Each session will be 75 minutes in length. Presenters choosing a lecture format should allow ample time for interaction with their audiences. All sessions need to include at least 15 minutes for audience participation and/or questions.
MMEP expects all presenters to: Inform the Audience; provide information on: significant trends, innovative Ideas, promising practices, lessons learned; community engagement and leadership.
The deadline for all submissions is 4 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2013.
MMEP encourages all supporters of racial equity to submit a proposal for the annual conference. Teachers, professors, counselors, graduate students, administrators, policy affiliates, and community workers are encouraged to submit a proposal.
For complete details contact MMEP program director Cymone Fuller at 651-645-7400, email [email protected] and visit www.mmep.org.