Franczek Educational Equity Webinar Series – Join Us On Zoom!
Racial injustice has taken center stage this year, and the urgency to address the institutional norms and structures within our public education systems that prevent students of Color from having access to the same educational opportunities as their White peers is all the more imperative. We stand with our clients who are working tirelessly to eradicate racism within their school systems and to ensure that all students are afforded equal opportunities to succeed, and we strive to support you in this critical work. This work is a daily and ongoing commitment and we are pleased to announce the launch of our monthly webinar series for 2021 focused exclusively on educational equity issues. We will explore how school districts can identify and break down systemic barriers that are depriving students of equitable educational opportunities, more intentionally allocate resources based on need, and use the law as a driver for internal reforms to support our most vulnerable student populations. We will invite educational leaders from throughout Illinois to join us in these discussions so we can all hear directly from those working to eradicate barriers within their school districts and build systems that honor all voices and support all students. Together, we will work through issues such as community and board buy-in, data analysis and transparency, hiring and training, restorative justice practices, inclusive and critical curriculum, and the many other ways that race and education intersect.
Our clients and friends are accustomed to spending the noon hour with Franczek’s K-12 education team on Thursdays for our COVID-19 and School Law Conference webinars. Although we will continue our COVID-19 school–law webinars most Thursdays, we will offer equity-focused webinars during the noon timeslot on the second Thursday of each month in 2021. The following sessions will kick off the equity webinar series:
January 14, 2021 at 12 p.m.
How are School Districts Addressing Issues of Racial Equity?
From board policies, implicit bias training, and reforming curriculum and instructional practices to ongoing student and community discussions around race, school districts throughout the state are working to address issues of racial equity on a daily basis. We will begin our equity webinar series by focusing on the ways school districts are approaching this important work, including the role of boards and administrators in setting leadership goals, programming and initiatives for students and teachers, addressing biases within systems, and the role of the community. Franczek attorneys will be joined by guest speakers Dr. Marcus Campbell, Assistant Superintendent and Principal at Evanston Township High School District 202, and Dr. Devon Horton, Superintendent at Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65.
February 11, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Role of the Equity Administrator
While most school administrators are being urged to keep issues of equity at the forefront as they implement their respective roles, many boards have taken the step of creating administrative positions exclusively focused on issues of equity and diversity. During this session, we will discuss the equity administrator role, including training, role responsibilities, and successful equity initiatives, as well as the challenges administrators can face in achieving success. We will identify the key legal issues that every equity administrator should know, and hear from guest speakers Dr. Teresa A. Lance, Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Innovation at School District U-46, and Adrian Harries, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Community Unit School District 300.
March 11, 2021 at 12 p.m. Registration
Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Diverse Teachers and Administrators
Diversity and inclusion goals established within your school district for recruitment, hiring, and retention are keys to improving district diversity and support for all students. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of diversity in the workplace, reducing bias in recruiting and hiring, supporting diverse employees in the workplace, and best practices for navigating the legal issues surrounding these initiatives.