Addressing Equity and Access: Impact of Interrupted Schooling

60 Minutes

The challenges of the past year have increased the disparities in education around equity and access. As education leaders plan for the new normal next school year, has your district been able to pivot and create a curriculum that provides for academic rigor? Are your teachers ready to cultivate genuine relevance and relationships?

Closing equity and access gaps in the U.S. depends on school and district leaders who can build the right culture, identify the right intervention and instructional program strategies, and provide the right professional learning. Watch Dr. Amanda Patterson and Garth Harries discuss the key challenges and proven tactical solutions to help district leaders accelerate through recent learning loss to close longstanding instructional disparities.

In this recorded edWebinar, district leaders are:

  • Introduced to leadership planning frameworks that support ongoing improvement and coherence
  • Provided with information about intervention and supplemental resources that can be used to help plan and redesign instructional programs
  • Guided on ways to build educator professional growth into regular rhythms of schools, building from existing strengths while confronting the new normal facing teachers

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, and curriculum, Title I, special education, and ELL directors.

About the Presenters

Amanda Patterson, Ed.D. is the HMH National Director of Academic Planning and Analytics. Dr. Patterson works with districts across the country in devising, planning, and creating strategic plans using their data to help them maximize outcomes for students, teachers, and their community. She began her career in the DeKalb County School System (GA) as a teacher and held several administrative positions during her tenure there. Additionally, she was an adjunct professor for two years at Mercer University focusing on teaching aspiring educators and guiding best practices in research. Her 28-year career in education has primarily focused on fostering systematic transformation around improved academic outcomes.

Garth Harries is Managing Partner at the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to joining HMH, Garth was Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools, and the architect of the New Haven School Change, a nationally recognized school reform initiative that raised graduation rates by almost 20 percentage points. He also served as the senior leader at the New York City Department of Education, responsible for the successful creation of over 350 new district and charter schools and the re-design of special education services.