First Presenter's Institution

Epic Empowerment Enterprises

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Session 7 (Ballroom B)

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

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Brief Program Description

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Summary

It is no mystery that statistics related to school failure, suspension rates, dropout rates and every other indicator used to identify youth at risk reveal that poor students of color are disproportionately represented. In spite of legislation, school reforms, and intervention programs, these statistics remain the same, or worsen, year after year. This is due to a reluctance to address the root of the problem. How can we truly remedy the epidemic of “youth at risk” if we do not recognize, critique, and dismantle the systemic, classist, and racist structures that perpetuate “at-riskness” for poor students of color? In this session, we will examine the forces that reproduce inequities and discuss strategies for empowering ourselves, our students, schools, and organizations to be champions for social justice.

Evidence

It is no mystery that statistics related to school failure, suspension rates, dropout rates and every other indicator used to identify youth at risk reveal that poor students of color are disproportionately represented. In spite of legislation, school reforms, and intervention programs, these statistics remain the same, or worsen, year after year. This is due to a reluctance to address the root of the problem. How can we truly remedy the epidemic of “youth at risk” if we do not recognize, critique, and dismantle the systemic, classist, and racist structures that perpetuate “at-riskness” for poor students of color? In this session, we will examine the forces that reproduce inequities and discuss strategies for empowering ourselves, our students, schools, and organizations to be champions for social justice.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

I've been traveling across the country sharing concrete strategies aimed at providing educators with the tools necessary to become more effective change agents in the lives of the youth they serve.

I specialize in demonstrating how culturally relevant practices serve to connect students to educational content and curriculum. I understand that students who get "left behind" (often labeled "at-risk") are usually those who have not been given the opportunity to see the relevance of educational content to the conditions in their own lives. With today’s emphasis on standards-based education, teacher accountability, and high-stakes testing, oftentimes the cultural, social, and emotional needs of students get overlooked. I realize that these elements represent the fundamental foundations for student success in school and

Presentation Year

2019

Start Date

3-5-2019 2:45 PM

End Date

3-5-2019 4:00 PM

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Mar 5th, 2:45 PM Mar 5th, 4:00 PM

Stop Beating Around the Bush and Get to the Root!: An Examination of How Racist and Classist Structures Produce “At-Riskness” for Poor Students of Color

Session 7 (Ballroom B)

Presenter will provide.