Funded by a grant from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) and made possible by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), The CAAASA Equity in Action Report documents the conclusions of a two-year study among county and district superintendents across California.
The white paper details the important need to cultivate the social and emotional learning skills of the state’s African American students when working to improve these students’ broader academic success. In addition to correlating the connection between these two types of learning skills, the document also shares evidence-based approaches making a positive difference in schools with the aim of sharing these practices as broadly as possible.
In June 2019, members of the professional learning network that drafted this report will present its findings in a one-time online symposium developed by NCEE and CAAASA with support from ExtendedSession. This live conversation will introduce the study to educators, school leaders, and teachers from across California, and from across the country. Attendees will learn about the aims of the professional learning group and the white paper that resulted, and they will have the chance to meet and talk with its authors. The session will be hosted by Pedro A. Noguera, the critically acclaimed scholar, speaker, and committed activist whose own academic work centers on education, social justice, and public policy.
The result: A one-time online symposium allows the white paper’s authors to share their study with their own school leaders more effectively, and that also enables people interested in the document’s findings to hear directly from its authors, and to share their own ideas and ask their own questions about the conclusions the study recommends.
As a result of this online engagement, NCEE and CAAASA will further establish and extend a common set of strategies and approaches among the educators they serve. In addition, the marketing and communications that announce this online session will also significantly extend the network of professional learners who can be made aware of the study, broadening the eventual audience to include educators everywhere who are equally committed to making an immediate difference in their schools and their classrooms.
Registration for this free online symposium is currently underway. The live session will be recorded and—together with the white paper itself—immediately archived for later access across California and across the United States.