How do we build a culture that supports equity in our schools and across the state?
How can we support ALL students so that EVERY ONE achieves their public school aspirations?
How do we close the gap in student outcomes wherever it exists?
What is equity? What is bias? Why does it matter? Where do I fit? How can I make a difference? and more...
Building a Culture of Equity - VPA's second equity summit
November 30, 2018
8:30 for breakfast, 9:00 to 3:00 for the program
Champlain Room at Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
The second VPA-HOSTED, ONE-DAY EVENT (the first was May 30, 2018) is part of a long-term VPA initiative –
to help ALL Vermont students access the education they deserve and desire.
Students attend free (thank you VCF)
Who should come?
Principals, Heads of School and CTE Directors
Curriculum and Special Education Directors
Vermont Legislators and other policy makers
Vermont State Board of Education
Representatives from non-profit organizations that care about education
Government agency and department heads involved in supporting young people
Why an Equity Initiative?
- Vermont benefits from ALL students achieving their education and career goals,
- Schools and principals are struggling under cultural and systemic barriers to equity,
- Excellence is achieved through equity,
- Everyone CARES about this issue; many are working on it, and
- Chances of success are greater when we work together.
Flow of the Day:
- Welcome, day’s overview and purpose;
- Discussion about ‘core beliefs;’
- Building understanding about EQUITY;
- Unpacking structural inequities;
- Exploring what EQUITY means;
- Sharing success stories and lessons learned;
- Visioning, next steps and closure….
Rebecca Haslam is the founder of Seed the Way Consulting, LLC, providing training and professional development for equity literacy and anti-bias education with a focus on racial justice. Seed the Way serves K-12 school districts throughout Vermont including Montpelier, South Burlington, Milton, St. Albans, Fairfield, Colchester, Randolph, Charlotte, Middlebury, Richmond, Jericho, Vershire, and Keene Central School in New York. Other clients include the Vermont Agency of Education, Seventh Generation, Saint Michael’s College Office of Student Life, National Education Association (NEA), Shelburne Farms, UVM Medical Center, and the Rowland Foundation.
A fourteen year veteran teacher, instructional coach, and leader for equity in the Burlington School District, Rebecca was named the 2015 Vermont State Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). She recently received the Vermont NEA 2018 Human and Civil Rights Award. Rebecca is currently facilitating Vermont NEA's Racial Justice Task Force, working with educators, students, state legislators, and VTNEA staff to create a racial justice toolkit to address racism in Vermont’s schools.
In addition to training and consulting through Seed the Way, Rebecca is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Her research is focused on explorations of identity-based social privilege and racial identity development in higher education.
Rebecca is a full-time faculty member in the Education Department at Saint Michael’s College teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in social justice, curriculum, and the arts.