Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity: Addressing Success Gaps in Our Schools and Districts
All children must receive the educational services they need to achieve their full potential. When some groups of students are less likely to receive needed services, these opportunity gaps can lead to success gaps in areas like identification for special education, test scores, attendance, disciplining, and graduation. During this session, presenters will describe how a general education/special education/community collaborative planning team in Wichita, Kansas and representatives from the Kansas Department of Education worked with technical assistance (TA) providers from a federally funded TA center, the IDEA Data Center (IDC), to address identified success gaps using a research-based resource. In small groups, session participants will engage each other in a role-playing simulation scenario during which they will experience using these resources to identify and address equity issues and success gaps, always considering how shifts to online learning might affect success gaps.
Director of Special and Title Services for the state of Kansas, supported and participated in the effort to find the root causes of the oversuspension of African-American students with disabilities in the district where most of those suspensions were happening.
Dr. Munk is a Disproportionality and Equity Technical Assistance Specialist for the IDEA Data Center (IDC) and co-author of the Success Gaps Toolkit on which this presentation is based. He has 37 years of experience in schools, districts, states, and research institutions with a focus on promoting equity for all students.