Who Gets to Thrive? The Science of Learning and Development as a Tool for Anti-Racism

Updated: Nov 1

Education is a cornerstone of democracy and essential to our individual and collective success. Yet each day, young people, particularly BIPOC young people, in America are faced with the challenge of learning within education systems that perpetuate deep structural racism. How can we use insights from the science of learning and development to transform our education policies and practices to dismantle racism and cultivate experiences for all young people to thrive?

Our nation’s education system is at a crossroads. The choices that we make, particularly in this school year, can either ignore or further exacerbate inequity, or can be leveraged to create more equitable, identity-affirming, safe environments where all young people, especially BIPOC youth, can learn and thrive. The Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance is inviting field leaders to join a series of conversations, “Who Gets to Thrive? The Science of Learning and Development as a Tool for Anti-Racism.”

[Pt. 7] Feeling Safe vs. Under Threat–Who Gets to Thrive?
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
3:00PM-4:00PM EST

Featuring:

Jason Okonofua
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California-Berkeley

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
Professor of Education Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Southern California

Moderated by:

Camille Farrington
Managing Director and Senior Research Associate, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

 

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Past Webinars:

[Pt. 1] Who Gets to Thrive? What science tells us about the impact of racism and white supremacy on learning and development

October 30, 2020, 4:30 PM-5:30PM EST

Featuring:

DeLeon Gray, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology at North Carolina State University

Leoandra Onnie Rogers, Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Margaret Beale Spencer, Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Moderated by: Lisa Quay, Executive Director, Mindset Scholars Network

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[Pt. 2] Who gets to thrive? How insights from the science of learning and development can help advance anti-racist, equitable learning environments and education practices

November 13, 2020, 4:00 PM-5:00PM EST

Featuring:

Shawn A. Ginwright, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University;

Zaretta Hammond, Educator, Author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students;

Angela Ward, Administrative Supervisor of Race Equity Programs, Austin Independent School District

Moderated by: LaShawn Chatmon, Founding Executive Director of the National Equity Project (NEP)

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[Pt. 3] Pivot Point: How insights from the science of learning and development can help define the next education policy agenda to be actively anti-racist

December 15, 2020, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM EST

Featuring:

Denise Forte, Senior Vice President for Partnership and Engagement, The Education Trust;

Dr. Janice Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools (CPS);

David Johns, Executive Director, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

Moderated by: Hal Smith, Senior Vice President, Education and Youth Development, The National Urban League

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[Pt.4] Who Gets to Thrive? Accelerating Equity for All Learners in All Settings

January 22, 2020, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM EST

Featuring:

Jazzman Anderson, Digital Divide Instructor, YouthBuild, McLean County

Robert Jagers, Vice President of Research, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Director of the USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education (CANDLE);

Moderated by: Karen Pittman, Co-Founder of the Forum for Youth Investment, SoLD Alliance Governing Partner

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[Pt.5] Who Gets to Thrive? Accelerating Equity for All Learners in All Settings

in partnership with The Readiness Projects’ Making the Invisible Visible Discussion Series

Wednesday, February 24, 4:00PM-5:00PM

Featuring:

Sean Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond;

Aleah Rosario, Senior Specialist, Workforce Initiatives, California AfterSchool Network (CAN)

Eshauna Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Alliance

Moderated by: Karen Pittman, Co-Founder of the Forum for Youth Investment, SoLD Alliance Governing Partner

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[Pt.6] Who Gets to Thrive? Advancing Anti-racism through Whole Child Design

Tuesday, August 17, 3:00PM-4:00PM EST

Featuring:

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University

LaShawn Routé Chatmon, Founding Executive Director, The National Equity Project (NEP)

Carolyne Quintana, Senior Director of Programs, SEAD, The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA)

Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute

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The science of learning and development tells us an inherently hopeful story of the billions of pathways to thriving inherent in every young person and points to important mindset shifts about environments, experiences, and relationships. Used as a lens through which to view our education systems, these and other insights highlight the many and deep inequities that must be addressed if all young people are to be given an authentic chance to thrive.  Anti-racism and designing for equity is about deconstructing systems and actively choosing a new purpose and path forward. What do we actually know about the impact of racism on learning and development? How does the experience of racism and other systems of oppression impact education practice, policy, and the design of a learning environment? What actions must we take to dismantle racism and cultivate learning experiences for all young people to thrive?

SoLD’s “Who Gets to Thrive?” webinars invite our field leaders to tackle these questions with some of our nation’s leaders on this critical front. Please email Samantha Kobbah at samantha.kobbah@educationcounsel.com if you have any questions.

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