The school year is upon us and it’s the perfect time to consider how we can love our neighbors in the education system. Here, we offer 5 resources that will equip you to be a better practitioner that addresses education equity. Our #transformED affinity network so eloquently states what we believe – that all students regardless of their community or zip code should have access to an education system that helps them realize their God-given potential.
Together we want to support the (w)holistic education of each student and as an association, we want to better equip and strengthen each person who joins this collective effort of bringing about community transformation. This partnership guide is just one step to help achieve this goal. In this guide, we have used our association’s 8 principles of Christian Community Development ministry to structure our learning, applying each principle through the lens of education equity.
This masterclass offers you perspective on what educational equity should look like NOW. Drawing from his experience during COVID, Jamie Jessup offers riveting stories of how we can be a people who choose to see inequities within the education system and respond. We can see the gaps and wholistically respond, offering every student the chance to be self-sustainers in their communities.
The push for data informed decision making can feel overwhelming to teachers, students, administrators, and parents alike. Sometimes, it feels as if the administrative requirements around data collection and reporting get in the way of our primary mission, educating and caring for children. Sunny Sue Chang Jonas teaches us that data should be viewed as an asset in a child’s educational journey. In this lesson, Jonas gives us an introduction to data within the school system and reviews two case studies in which data was used to strengthen parental influence on their child’s education.
This workshop is an innovative, prototypical catalyst for empowering children, youth adults, and parents in under-resourced neighborhoods. Attendees will learn to reestablish at-risk communities using an all-encompassing education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, STEAM. As a result, learn how students and parents grow into leaders, excel in their daily tasks, and contribute to the flourishing of the community as a whole.
Explore early childhood brain development and how it forms the foundation for future learning and how race and class play a role in accessing education that provides crucial building blocks. Learn the marks of quality early childhood education and discuss what CCD practitioners can do to ensure high quality early childhood education for children in their communities.
2 Ways to Stay Connected to the Education Equity Work at CCDA:
- Make sure to update your member profile to indicate your interests/expertise in education equity. We can then invite you deeper into opportunities & spaces having to do with education equity!
- Check out our #transformED affinity network to be in community with other practitioners working towards education equity in their neighborhoods.
We leave you with this prayer as you head “back to school” (in whatever capacity-student, teacher, parents, caregivers, educators, administrators, churches, community members, government officials, etc):