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Postsecondary Pathways | Vaccine Mandates - Will they stick?

Thursday, January 13  |  2 pm ET

As higher education institutions return to campus, education leaders are grappling with the various implications of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the numerous state laws that govern those requirements. The constantly shifting environment of the pandemic, coupled with changing FDA approvals for vaccines, have made this a conversation of importance for education leaders. Our panelist will discuss current best practices in vaccination requirements, its implications on equity and access, and how this changes the future of postsecondary education.


Using Libraries to Affirm Racial Identity and Advance Equity

Tuesday, January 25  |  2 pm ET

Libraries and the resources they offer can reinforce the power of diversity, shift mindsets, and ultimately create confidence for children and adults of color. Join us for this conversation around the power of libraries and how they can and have served as a force for racial equity in schools and communities.


The Teacher Residency Return on Investment: A Pathway that Prepares Effective and Diverse Teachers Who Stay

Thursday, January 27  |  2 pm ET / 1 pm CT

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing teacher shortages across the country. As we look forward, we must not only consider short- and long-term ways to fill labor gaps, but to build a stronger and more diverse educator pipeline. Fortunately, a growing body of evidence points to teacher residencies as one effective preparation model, allowing individuals to spend a school year learning in an expert mentor teacher’s classroom while simultaneously completing community-based, clinically-aligned coursework. Join us as we partner with the National Center for Teacher Residencies for a conversation around how teacher residency programs prepare and retain effective and diverse teachers.


Early Efforts | Aligning State Child Care Subsidy Systems with the True Cost of Quality

Tuesday, February 1  |  2 pm ET / 12 pm

New Mexico has recently used a cutting edge cost modeling technique to estimate the true costs of child care quality – and is aligning its state subsidy payment structure accordingly. Join a panel of NM and national experts to learn more about how one state is realigning its systems to ensure high quality care.


Policies to Support Micro-Credentials

Wednesday, February 2  |  2 pm ET 

This third and final webinar in the series will discuss the policies and practices that will support micro-credentials in gaining traction.


Postsecondary Pathways | Listening to the NC10

Thursday, February 3 |  2 pm ET

North Carolina is home to almost 10 percent of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with 10 public and 10 private HBCUs. Though the role of these HBCUs is vital to North Carolina’s history, their recognition has often gone unnoticed. With the support of the John M. Belk Endowment, CREED (The Center for Racial Equity in Education) is leading an initiative called “Listening to the NC10.” This effort, in partnership with EdNC, myFutureNC, and The Hunt Institute, seeks to speak with leadership and students from all 10 HBCUs in North Carolina, with the goal of lifting up their legacies to across the state. This webinar will share important takeaways from the NC10 Listening Tour and provide context on the vital role of HBCUs in North Carolina in closing longstanding equity gaps.


Homeroom | Standards-Based Reform: What is it? What Have We Learned? And What Comes Next?

Tuesday, February 8  |  2 pm ET / 1 pm CT / 11 am PT

Largely spurred by the 1983 publication of A Nation at Risk, the standards-based reform movement created changes across the education system to align with the idea that student learning should be measured against an objective benchmark for performance. This new approach impacted all aspects of education, including teacher preparation, curriculum and assessment, and accountability measures for educators, schools, and districts. As we approach forty years since A Nation at Risk was published, join us for a conversation around the recent EduDream research series exploring how the movement addressed structural inequities; what unintended consequences have occurred, particularly for students of color; and what equitable approaches, if any, have been taken to address those unintended consequences.


Race and Education | Building Community through Black Culture Centers

Tuesday, February 15  |  2 pm ET

Much of black culture and history can be found in Black Culture Centers (BCCs) throughout Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) across the United States. BCCs help students build community, understand their history, and give a greater sense of cultural awareness. In addition, studies have found that cultural centers can support recruitment and retention of diverse students. In this webinar we will learn how to tap into these resources, from various BCC leaders.


Early Efforts: Creating a Parent Nation

Tuesday, March 1 |  2 pm ET / 1 pm CT

Could robust systems of support for parents during the most critical years of early development be the key to a more prosperous and equitable future for America’s young children? Pediatric surgeon, social scientist and best-selling author Dr. Dana Suskind makes the case for this premise in Parent Nation, her newest book. Dr. Suskind and Yolie Flores, Director of Parent Nation at the TMW Center will join us in March for an important conversation around the needs of parents and families.


Postsecondary Pathways | Name, Image, Likeness: How the NCAA's rule change affects Institutions of Higher Education and Their Students

Thursday, March 10 |  2 pm ET

On June 30, 2021, the NCAA approved an interim policy that allows student athletes to make money off their “name, image, and likeness (NIL),” effective July 1. The interim policy rescinds long-standing rules that prohibited student athletes from making money through endorsements and other ways of selling and monetizing the rights to their NIL. Over the past few years, governors in 28 states have signed legislation or issued executive orders that allow student athletes to profit off the use of their NIL. Panelists will discuss how NIL has altered the postsecondary education landscape, what this means for future student athletes, and how states are using policies and practices to support and protect students.


Homeroom with Education Leaders | Human Capital for the 21st Century: Aligning Education with Future Workforce Needs

Thursday, March 17 |  2 pm ET / 1 pm CT

As the U.S. economy continues to adapt to technological changes amid the pandemic, there is an ever-growing demand for skilled labor. How can we best equip students with the right job skills for future success, and what can states do to accelerate these efforts? We have partnered with former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise to better understand the Covid Constituency, a group of stakeholders supporting transformational educational change, including improved alignment of education and the workforce. This conversation is based on the upcoming publication of a new Covid Constituency policy brief titled,  “Human Capital for the 21st Century: Aligning Education with Future Workforce Needs.” Join us as we discuss the increasing need for high-quality workforce development initiatives.


Race and Education | Supporting HBCU Student Body Presidents

Tuesday, March 22 |  3 pm ET 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a game-changer for many students entering and returning to college. Educational inequities paired with racial injustices, posed as major challenges for students of color. In this webinar we will hear from HBCU Student Government leaders, as they share their experiences, impacts and lessons learned over the past two years.