Students for Equitable Education Summit:
Moving From Advocacy to Action
Free Virtual Event
Saturday, April 24, 2021
11 AM – 3 PM ET / 8 AM – 12 PM PT / 10 AM – 2 PM CT
SEE Us All is a student-led movement calling for equitable education that values, honors, and affirms the identity of every student.
What are young people experiencing in classrooms today? What do educators see in their students? Can every student realize their “most richly imagined futures” in today’s school environments? Students have the answers. Are we listening?
The SEE Summit is a national social justice summit envisioned and led by students from districts across the country. Offered virtually and open to the public, this event engages students—the very students whom the education system is underserving—as leaders, designers, and facilitators of authentic professional learning for the education community.
The SEE Summit will radically cede power to young people; call on educators to face the racist, demoralizing structures, policies, and practices that exist in education; strengthen dialogue and collaboration between students and school staff; and spur a collective commitment to advance inclusive, anti-racist classrooms.
This is an opportunity to deepen understanding of how oppression influences the school experiences of students of color, celebrate student voice and leadership, and build coalitions across differences to transform education.
Now is the time to move from advocacy to action. We invite you to join us!
This event is primarily designed for educators, district leaders, students, parents, caregivers, and any members of organizations that provide programming for young people.
We firmly believe in compensating students for their time, efforts, and expertise. A “Pay-What-You-Can” option is available and encouraged for adults. Please consider paying what you would for day-long PD or training. Proceeds will go directly to student leaders as honoraria.
Schedule At A Glance
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM ET
Working Lunch Session
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Student-Led Breakout Sessions
12:15 PM – 1:05 PM ET
Student-Led Breakout Sessions
1:10 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Conversations Among Colleagues
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM ET
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM ET
Optional Networking Session
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
2D: Diversity Builds Dimension
Hear from students firsthand how being in spaces that lack cultural inclusivity personally affects us, and learn our dreams for what this could and SHOULD look like in the future.
Listen First, Speak Second
Featuring student testimonials, this session will explore classroom assimilation and why language used with and to students matters, including the impact of micro and macro aggressions.
Looking Back on the Present
The history we learn plays a direct role in shaping our present, and it is vital to understand the modern implications of our past to create an equitable future.
Real Talk: Students Talk with Teachers
This session will focus on “real talk” about real issues students face in classrooms and explore social injustices; mental health; biases in classrooms; and building relationships with teachers.
Resource Challenged: The Life of an Undocumented/First Generation Student
There should be no barriers to education. We all are the same, and we all are different. This presentation explores these ideas within the community of undocumented and first-generation students.
See Something, Say Something: Learning When to Step In and Step Up
Students will present scenarios related to justice and discrimination in the classroom and provide guidance on when and how adults should respond to incidents of prejudice and racism.
SEE: Through Our Eyes: Black Lives Matter
Students will share their personal experiences to show why Black Lives DO Matter. The presentation will address issues related to education, finances, employment, housing, food, and healthcare.
Systemic Racism in Education
This session will discuss different forms of systemic racism and inequities that students have personally experienced. Presenters will share why equity should be at the heart of teaching and learning.
Dr. Julie Mitchell, Superintendent, Rowland Unified School District
Marlon Styles, Jr., Superintendent, Middletown City School District
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The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it
– Amanda Gorman, Former National Youth Poet Laureate, “The Hill We Climb,”
from the inauguration of President Joseph Biden, January 20, 2021
Photos by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action