New Book Offers Proven Solutions to Achieve Equity in Education

prnewswire | March 05, 2019

The struggle to break the cycle of persistently poor outcomes for students from traditionally under-resourced demographic groups is not a new problem in California; but one team of educators is finding success in closing the gap. With their new book, Shattering Inequities: Real World Wisdom for School and District Leaders, authors Robin Avelar La Salle and Ruth S. Johnson propose that not only is sustainable change possible, it is achievable within any school system."Each chapter of the book opens with a story about a student or educator who will inspire and inform change," said Dr. Avelar La Salle, CEO of Orenda Education and co-author. "By personalizing the experience that so many of our students and leaders face, we hope to tap into their own 'equity heart' and join the journey to transform education."Shattering Inequities gives solutions to familiar problems facing school districts serving predominantly low-income, Latino and African American families. These students persistently perform below their white and Asian counterparts, even within the same school. And these outcomes have come to be a shared issue for the state; in 2017, California schools ranked 69.9 percent -- a C-minus -- and ranked 10th to last in the National Ranking (Noguchi, S., 2017).

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Verizon | January 14, 2022

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This program kicks off in early February 2022. Competing teams will develop use cases showcasing how Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband and mobile edge compute can be used to help bridge the digital divide. Focus areas will include health, climate, poverty, human rights and education. The winning team will receive project seed funding, access to intensive summer entrepreneurship training in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and VentureWell, and the opportunity to pitch their venture to CGI in fall 2022. “Working with ASU, we have an extraordinary opportunity to research and develop new 5G-enabled experiences that can improve remote learning and help bridge the digital divide. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband’s super-fast speeds, high bandwidth and low latency can enhance applications ranging from immersive education to connected communities. By collaborating with ASU’s researchers, we hope to accelerate the innovation process and develop technology that will harness the full potential of 5G and edge compute.” Tami Erwin, Verizon Business CEO “We are in the most transformative technological moment since the early stages of the industrial revolution. And even with the social, political, and economic impacts that we are still learning to navigate as a society, there have been incredibly meaningful results from this use of technology,” said ASU President Michael Crow this morning during a keynote with Erwin at the Smart Region Summit. “Who gets educated is no longer socially stratified, we are able to unleash human creativity in ways not possible before…and so what these technologies that leverage broadband at the fastest speeds and most advanced level imaginable allow us to create is an environment in which the person, the learner, becomes emotionally connected in the story around the learning process itself. 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Canon U.S.A., Inc. | June 17, 2022

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