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Race & Education |
Providing Support for BIPOC Students in Foster Care

Wednesday, May 25 |  1 pm ET 

According to the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, “Youth who are or have been in foster care often encounter challenges in maintaining progress in achieving their educational goals.” The greater challenge comes when those students disproportionally represent communities of color, LGBTQ+ and those who have learning differences. In this webinar we will discuss ways in which education systems and communities can support BIPOC students in foster care.

 

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Early Efforts |
Creating Ideal Learning Environments Through Play

Wednesday, May 25 |  3 pm ET 

Play is an essential element of young children’s learning. Join The Hunt Institute and Trust for Learning for a special edition of the Early Efforts web series spotlighting the role of play in ideal learning environments.

 

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Early Efforts |
Special Series: The State of Preschool Yearbook 2021

Tuesday, May 31 |  2 pm ET 

During this special edition of Early Efforts, the Hunt Institute in partnership with the National Institute for Early Education Research will discuss the recently released State of Preschool Yearbook 2021. During the conversation, expert panelists will highlight the ways in which elected leaders and advocates can leverage the information in the Yearbook to create positive change in their state’s early learning system.

 

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Early Efforts |
Children Thrive in Equitable Communities: Eleven Simple Rules to help us get there

Tuesday, June 7 |  2 pm ET 

How adults interact has a deep and lasting influence on the children in their care. And yet, the early learning field spends very little time focusing on these relationships and interactions. To co-create communities in which every child can thrive, all adults in the child’s ecosystem need to come together with mutual respect, collaboration, and inclusivity

The Eleven Simple Rules is a framework that helps adults establish a new, equitable model of working together. This framework helps adults break down silos and dismantle inequitable power structures, and it is replicable across all early learning environments. When the Eleven Simple Rules are integrated as a daily practice, they lead to high quality learning in the classroom and beyond — from parks, playgrounds, homes, buses to every part of a child’s ecosystem.

In this webinar, panelists will introduce the framework of the Eleven Simple Rules for thriving communities. Members of the Wyoming Quality Learning Network will describe how they used the Eleven Simple Rules to create an effective statewide collaboration. The results have been a shared vision of quality across all early learning settings and pathways for thriving, equitable communities for children and families in Wyoming.

 

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Special Series: Early Efforts |
Career Pathways: Strengthening the Expertise of the Early Childhood Workforce

Wednesday, June 8 |  2 pm ET 

This summer The Hunt Institute, in collaboration with Bank Street, are hosting a three-part special webinar series on the early childhood workforce. In this series, expert panelists will discuss important issues around educator expertise, compensation, and equitable practices. Through these conversations, innovative ideas and practices will be highlighted to positively impact the field.

The first five years of life is a critical developmental period for children. Early childhood educators must have the skills and expertise to foster children’s healthy growth and development. This webinar brings together experts from the field working to strengthen the educator pipeline. By offering multiple pathways, early childhood professionals can grow as adult learners and gain the expertise needed to provide high quality care and education for infants and toddlers.

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Postsecondary Pathways |
Summer Bridge: Creating a Sense of Belong for BIPOC Students during the Transition to Postsecondary Education

Thursday, June 9 |  2 pm ET 

Summer Bridge programs are academic and cultural summer programs that support the transition for high school to postsecondary education by introducing students to a college environment and creating a sense of belonging prior to the start of their first semester. These summer bridge programs are especially impactful for racially underrepresented students in terms of retention, matriculation, and graduation. This webinar will explore prominent bridge programs, the importance of these programs for creating more equitable and diverse campuses, and ways audience members can support bridge programs.

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Race & Education |
Promoting Diverse School Leader Pathways and Supports

Thursday, June 23 |  2 pm ET 

Research affirms meaningful benefits for diversifying school leadership, including reducing stereotyping and unconscious biases and promoting greater acceptance and trust among students, improving interactions with community members that share their racial or ethnic background, and providing a nuanced perspective when developing academic programs targeting students of color. Yet, principal pipelines are not equally accessible for educators of color. Furthermore, as we go into the third year of the pandemic, school principals continue to feel the stress of staffing shortages and concerns about student wellness in their schools, leading to fears of principals leaving the field. What can states and districts do to recruit diverse school leaders, and how can we ensure our school leaders of color feel supported? Join us for a conversation around diversifying school leader pipelines and supports for principals of color.

 

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Early Efforts |
Shared Services: Sharing Resources to Maximize Opportunities for Children and Families

Tuesday, July 12 |  2 pm ET 

A high-quality early childhood system provides extensive benefits to children’s learning and development but lack of resources can be difficult for child care programs to operate in a functional way. This panel of national experts will discuss the benefits of a shared service model in supporting child care program’s operating, expense, and community engagement.

 

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Postsecondary Pathways |
Exploring State Funding for Higher Education in Fiscal Year 2021

Tuesday, July 26 |  2 pm ET 

As we entered 2022, most states had not recovered from prior recessionary cuts in state funding and now face declines in their other revenue sources. As a result, postsecondary institutions may be in a more precarious financial situation than at any other time in recent history. Amid this uncertainty, the State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) report offers a comprehensive look at where states stood as they weathered the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession. This webinar explores the key findings of the 2022 SHEF report, best practices that have emerged, and what the future of higher education funding holds. 

 

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