Casting Our Vision Series
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition presents, Casting Our Vision, a discussion series with opportunities to hear from national, state, and local leaders on innovative practices that help achieve equity in schools. Each event is a deep-dive into one of the Coalition’s four policy priorities: (1) Excellent Teachers and Leaders, (2) Strong Accountability Systems, (3) Appropriate and Equitable Resources, and (4) Successful Outcomes in Postsecondary Access and Completion. We hope you can join us as we cast our vision for change in Tennessee.
Join us as we discuss the advocacy strategy and political realities of a Pell Grant reinstatement by the U.S. Congress. Registrants will have the opportunity to hear an update from a Pell Grant Experimental Site and discuss the merits of expanding state financial aid for incarcerated populations as well.
In this webinar, we will explore the development of a statewide consortium of post-secondary institutions that would coordinate the delivery of post-secondary opportunities to incarcerated Tennesseans. NJ-STEP, a successful model in New Jersey, will provide listeners with an overview of the structure and operations of their consortium that has increased postsecondary access for people in prison.
Join us as we take a closer look look at the policy levers that would improve our ability to evaluate and improve post-release outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals. The Indiana Department of Corrections will share how their data-sharing agreement with the Department of Labor has allowed them to project job demand and evaluate the impact of education for people that are incarcerated.
Teacher shortages affect many high-poverty schools, but have been shown to especially affect schools in rural communities. In this webinar, rural school district personnel share some of the difficulties and trade-offs experienced in filling staff positions. Colorado education experts will share strategies and recent bills passed to address chronic teacher shortages in the state’s rural areas.
Featured presenter: Dr. Harvey Rude, Colorado Center for Rural Education
Early postsecondary opportunities — whether an AP course, dual enrollment course, or industry certification — expose students to college and career opportunities before high school graduation. In completing these courses, students are more likely to succeed in college. But access to these courses remains inequitable, and rural schools in particular have less access to AP or dual enrollment options. This webinar will present some of the challenges in increasing EPSO offerings in rural schools, and also highlight a promising program, Tennessee Pathways, that seeks to expand the these options across high schools.
School-age children with limited English proficiency, classified as English Learners, require focused initiatives and supports to ensure success in school. However, many rural areas — faced with challenges like underfunding and distance- experience barriers in serving English Learners. Join us as we talk about the state of English Learner instruction in rural Tennessee. Strengths, challenges, and best practices will be shared, as well as steps to advocate for English Learner excellence in policy and practice.
Featured presenters: Rachel Counce, Lawrence County Schools
Julie Sugarman, Ph.D, Migration Policy Institute
Money matters for adequate, high-quality education. In this webinar, we unpack the way Tennessee’s funding formula operates, and where it falls short in funding schools equitably. We will discuss the merits of moving toward a school funding system that funds schools in premiums based on student and school characteristics.
Featured presenter: Brian Rivas, The Education Trust-West