THEME: Equity and Expanded Opportunities to Learn
PURPOSE: The purpose of the HKL VI conference is to help leaders of expanded learning programs understand and grapple with the issues of equity and expanded learning opportunities.
DESCRIPTION: We define “equity in learning” as equal access to learning opportunities. In this conference, we are focused on learning opportunities that are offered outside of school (in afterschool or summer time).
When people see “equity” and “education” or “learning” in the same sentence, they usually think about the notion of “achievement gap” - the disparity of educational measures between the performance of groups of students, especially groups defined by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and gender.
Rather than use the concept of achievement gap, we think it is more useful to address the “opportunity gap” - the disparity in access to quality schools and expanded learning opportunities.
We know that young people do not have equal access to learning opportunities. We believe that expanded learning youth programs are uniquely positioned to address the issue of equity and learning opportunities. To achieve this, we must:
- Better understand the needs of the diverse youth we serve;
- Promote the training of youth workers and enabling them to better serve our youth;
- Understand the opportunity gap and identify skills and experiences that our youth need; and
- Diversify our program offerings by looking at models successfully employed by other programs.
CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES: This conference will be MC'd by Tommy Brewer II (THINK Together). Presenters will include Karen Pittman (Forum For Youth Investment), Marisa Saunders (Annenberg Institute for School Reform), Jorge Ruiz de Velasco (John Gardner Center at Stanford), and others. The conference will also include six small group breakout sessions, and a session led by youth. Details on these presenters are posted on the conference website.
TARGET AUDIENCE: School- and community-based program providers, educators, and equity advocates. This includes youth program leaders, funders, and policymakers.
The HOW KIDS LEARN CONFERENCE is dedicated to providing those who are interested in improving youth outcomes with thought-provoking, educational opportunities. This includes access to national thinkers and researchers, innovative practitioners, and networking opportunities. To learn more, visit http://howkidslearn.org/.
$120 per person, general admission
*** $90 per person for Direct service youth organizations. Click "Enter Promotional Code" and enter the code "DIRECT" when registering.***
- Each attendee MUST register individually with their own email address - no group sales. This ensures that important emails regarding the event are delivered to the attendee.
- Registration includes morning coffee/tea, lunch, and afternoon refreshments.
PHOTO RELEASE: Please note that we will be taking photos of this event. These photos may be posted on our website or other materials promoting future Forums and conferences. By registering for this conference, you are agreeing that your image can be used as described above.