Event Details

Using an Equity Literacy Framework to Disrupt School-based Inequities

  • 04 Mar 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Resource Training and Solutions, 137 23rd St. S, #201, Sartell, MN 56377


  • If you are not a MESPA member, use this registration.

Presented by MESPA in partnership with RESOURCE Training and Solutions, this training is open to all MN educators. Training sponsored by MESPA's Central Division.

What do I need to do to be a threat to inequity?

Strategies for reaching marginalized students that rely solely on individual interventions give educators permission to ignore systems of inequality, rely on stereotypes and focus on deficits. This interactive professional development addresses how to move from a deficit-based approach to an equity literacy framework for meeting the needs of marginalized students and families. Using a common definition of equity, participants will work together to define a shared vision of equity in schools, recognize existing inequities, devise a plan to respond to and redress those current inequitable policies and practices and draft a plan to create and sustain equitable policies and practices for all students and their families that move from mitigative short-term changes to transformative long-term solutions. Lunch will be provided and CEU's will be awarded after the event.

Attendees and participants will walk away with strategies for reaching marginalized members of their school community, information around the four abilities of equity literacy to begin interrupting school-based inequities and ten principles of equity literacy for themselves and their faculty and staff to begin addressing instances of inequity.

Training objectives:

  • Describe equitable approaches to reaching and teaching students experiencing poverty and other marginalized members of our school communities.
  • Apply equity literacy principles to practice.
  • Commit to disrupting systems of inequity.

"Equity Literacy training has given us the skills to identify inequities in our system, the courage to address inequities, and the framework to bring others along with us on this journey. Sara’s training has been incredibly valuable for our district leadership team. With her help, we’ve been able to sharpen our own equity lenses and enact real change for underserved students in our district."

—Sam CourtPrincipal, John Clark Elementary School, ROCORI Public Schools

About the presenter:
This training was created by Sara Wicht Consulting and is presented by principal and MESPA member Scott Thomas
Scott Thomas serves as the principal of Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering & Technology in Burnsville, MN. He previously served as the principal at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts & Science in Eagan, MN and prior to that, Executive Director for Magnet Schools of America, based schools in Washington, DC. During this time, Scott developed national standards for magnet schools that define essential characteristics that include leveraging student diversity in meaningful ways, equity, family and community engagement, academic excellence, and theme fidelity of magnet schools. Scott is also a consultant with school districts on projects related to magnet school design, student selection, evaluation and improvement. He is also the father of three children.

Who can attend this training?
Any MN educator is invited to attend this training for $25 (includes lunch). This training is relevant to administrators at all levels. This training has limited seating. Register soon!

Event Cancellation Policy 

A completed online registration constitutes a bill and a commitment to pay for a full seminar payment. Due to MESPA's incurred costs (i.e. materials, meals, speaking fees, etc.) please know that unfortunately, we are unable to grant refunds within two weeks of the event's start date. Prior to the two-week mark, we are able to issue a refund, less a $50 processing fee.

For Institute Exhibit registrations, please see the Cancellation Policy at mespa.net/exhibit.

Hotel Accommodations - General Twin Cities events

Attending a professional development event in the Twin Cities? Consider booking at the DoubleTree Hotel in Roseville (formerly a Radisson Hotel) at our special rate of $113/night. To make a reservation, call 651.636.4567 and ask for the MN Elementary School Principals' Association rate, or click here and use the corporate code 3231008 to book online.

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