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Perspective | Hunt Institute webinars explore student growth, educational equity, and more

The Hunt Institute hosts numerous webinars each month to explore different topics across the birth through postsecondary continuum. Below, find full recordings of our webinars from January, along with links to learn more about each of them.

Webinar Recap: Virginia Governor Northam’s Early Childhood Priorities

On January 12, 2021 at noon, we held a pre-session briefing on Governor Northam’s early childhood priorities, featuring Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam, the Honorable Louise Lucas and Virginia’s Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway.

Governor Northam shared that he will continue to make early education a priority with the General Assembly, and that access to early childhood education is essential to the long term health and well-being of our children, as well as our future workforce. The Governor also said he will be introducing a bill to legalize marijuana in Virginia to bring in tax revenue to provide equitable access to early childhood education. Funding will also expunge marijuana convictions and provide access to early childhood education for all children.

Read more about the webinar here.

Webinar Recap: Thinking Creatively to Evaluate Skip-Year Growth

We convened on January 12, 2021 with Rob Curtin of the Massachusetts Department of Education, Dr. Juan D’Brot of the Center for Assessment, Tomeka Hart of Blue Meridien, and Marie Huchton of the Colorado Department of Education to share ideas on monitoring student progress during this unprecedented year.

Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger and Allie Ball began the webinar on behalf of Data Quality Campaign by sharing how skip-year growth data demonstrates the progress students are making each year. Skip-year growth measures use data from the current year and two years prior to capture student progress over the past two academic years combined. The data can be disaggregated by student groups, working with different growth models and provides critical insight into school quality and growth.

Read more about this webinar here.

Race & Education Webinar Recap | Community Activism and Coalition Building For Educational Equity

On January 14, 2021, the Hunt Institute State converged with Sharhonda Bossier, Deputy Director of Education Leaders of Color, journalist and political commentator Rosa Clemente, Representative Malcolm Kenyatta (PA), and Alberto Retana, President and CEO of CoCo South LA. The webinar discussed how leaders cannot hope to create and implement policies that remove systemic barriers for children of color, non-binary, and LGBTQ youth without support and accountability from the communities they serve. The panel shared how to build a coalition, champion activism, and have necessary conversations that highlight the voices of those who understand the importance of “good trouble” to bring about equitable change.

Read more about this webinar here.

Homeroom with Education Leaders Webinar Recap | Supporting Housing and Food Insecure Students During the Pandemic

On January 19, 2021, we convened with the Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services; Rick Garcia, Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs; Tony Thurmond, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction; and our President and CEO Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, to discuss supporting housing and food insecure students during the pandemic. The webinar shared examples of providing students with housing and food across education, housing, and health sectors to support basic needs and foster learning in this environment.

Read more about this webinar here.

Governing Principals | Engaging Historically-Underserved Students Through Career and Technical Education

For many, Career and Technical Education (CTE) represents an important pathway to opportunity, setting students on the path to high-paying career opportunities without the need for a four-year degree. On the January 22, 2021 edition of Governing Principals the Honorable Alice Johnson Cain led a discussion between Kimberly Green, the Honorable Boyd Rutherford and Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises around engaging historically-underserved students through CTE in Maryland and nationwide.

Read more about this webinar here.

Hunt Institute Staff

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