Past Event Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Moving Toward Equity: A Thought Leader Conversation with Hal Smith

Wednesday, August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

How can we move toward real educational equity? How do we define what that means? What does social and emotional learning have to do with it? And why are some advocates cautious of the push for SEL?

This thought leader session featuring the Forum for Youth Investment’s Karen Pittman and the National Urban League’s Hal Smith explored these questions and more. The Forum is committed to increasing access to high-quality, equitable learning environments, and is working closely with the National Urban League to move these ideas forward and develop a more interconnected and actionable definition of educational equity.

This call highlighted 12 equity indicators that were used to evaluate state-level education plans, highlighted in the recent National Urban League report titled “Standards of Equity & Excellence: A Lens on ESSA State Plans.” This conversation shared data on inequities, and profilied some examples of how these inequities can be addressed.

Changing the odds for young people has never been more important