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 More than 1,400 to Connect at Virtual Equity Conference

​The live, virtual 2021 Equity Conference kicks off today at 12:30 p.m. and begins four days of critical learning on educational equity. 

The event could not be more timely as it brings together more than 1,400 educators, parents, students, community members, and others committed to seeing every student succeed with tools and information to move the work of equity forward.

Educational equity means all students have access, opportunities, and supports to thrive in school. Social or cultural factors should not predict whether or not students are prepared for college and career. 

The conference starts with a land acknowledgment followed by a welcome from San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold, who has spearheaded coordinated, countywide efforts to support students, teachers, and education leaders during the pandemic. 

At 1 p.m. today is Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy and associate professor of language and literacy at Georgia State University. Her session will only be available live; find the schedule on the conference website

Rounding out the day is Dr. Luke Wood, a professor at San Diego State University whose research focuses on factors that affect the success of boys and men of color in early childhood and at community colleges. 

Other speakers this week include Dr. Monique Morris, author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools; Elena Aguilar, author of Coaching for Equity: Conversations that Change Practice; and Dr. Margaret Wheatley, author Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity. View all the speakers on the conference website

Each day of the event will be packed with nationally recognized speakers, local experts, and educator and student voices. Sessions will be in the afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 22. Event participants from around the world can watch and engage live from the safety of their home.

Also during the conference, community champions for equity will be recognized for their efforts with a Lighthouse Award. See this year's honorees on the award website

Educational equity is a priority of the San Diego County Office of Education, one of the lead agencies for equity within the California system of support for districts and schools. To deliver on the promise of educational equity for all students, the San Diego County Board of Education is committed to providing educational opportunities and support to district and school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders so that all students, including our historically underserved students, are served well and are successful.