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Advancing Equity: A Closer Look at Language, Labels and Belief Systems

Over six decades after the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision, the issue of providing equitable education continues to be relevant. In 2018, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on funding disparities with a major finding that “the U.S. educational system is one of the most unequal in the industrialized world”. Inequities described vary and may include socioeconomic, programmatic, or those related to staffing. This presentation explores the role of language through the equity lens. It takes a closer look at how the language of adults provides insights into assumptions, beliefs, and expectations, and how those beliefs become part of institutionalized norms, operational systems, and in some cases, the normalization of failure. This interactive workshop will allow participants to reflect on the language that educators use and understand that a strong relationship exists between the language employed and underlying beliefs.

This talk was presented at:
2020 National ESEA Conference
February 2020 in Atlanta, GA
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Monica Handyside

Monica Bracho-Handyside, Ph.D. is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Washington University. Dr. Handyside has taught graduate level courses in Linguistics, Foundations of ESL, Second Language Acquisition. Dr. Handyside advocates for Title I Children and families, English Language Learners and students experiencing homelessness. Dr. Handyside is a translator and the author of the book "Metacognition Matters.

Sheila Jackson, Ed.D.

Sheila Jackson, Ed.D is the Director, Department of Family and School Partnerships and Community Outreach in Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland.