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Over 130 Member Schools in the tristate, 13 county Greater Delaware Valley region…
Educate nearly 50,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school; 31% students of color
Employ over 11,000 faculty, administrators, and staff
Award nearly $325,000,000 in need based financial aid to 36% of students
Represent more than 500,000 alumni
Collectively have an annual operating budget greater than one billion dollars!
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Equity in Action Grant:
 Pushing for Progress in our Communities 
​ Inaugural Equity in Action Grantees    
After the Diversity Training: Supporting & Sustaining Instructional Fidelity in the Culturally Responsive Classroom
Penn Pritchard, Curriculum and Instructional Leader, AIM Academy
How do we bridge the gap between professional development offerings and the meaningful, ongoing translation of theory and research into innovative curriculum planning and inclusive pedagogy? In this session, learn how one instructional leadership team is developing fidelity tools to formally establish and define cultural competency as a critical instructional component, describe ideal implementation at the practitioner level, and offer school leaders a framework with which to strategically document observable teacher behaviors and deepen emerging proficiencies. Participants in this workshop will gain familiarity with assessment tools and implementation strategies, engage in self-reflection to identify their own personal and institutional strengths and growth areas in this realm, and work collaboratively to explore the potential impact of instructional fidelity frameworks on their respective classrooms and school communities.

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Engaging Math Students With Civics and Social Justice
João Gomes, Upper School Math Teacher, Upper School Coordinator of Equity & Inclusion,
The Agnes Irwin School

Structural inequality is the result of a process that cannot be fully understood without mathematics. Core math classes already cover the topics needed to explore civics and social justice, but rarely do these classes include problems that explicitly explore these themes. At the same time, math teachers often discuss the need for more engaging applications to help students develop a mathematical lens through which to view the world. This workshop will explore justifications for including problems centered around social justice and civic engagement and help teachers get started by providing them with a database of such problems arranged by algebra topic. Students can tell when something is/not important to a school. When topics centered around equity and inclusion are absent from STEM classes or relegated to senior electives for students who have fallen below grade-level, it sends a clear message to everyone in the community. If schools want to show that DEI issues are important, they must find ways to infuse the core curriculum with relevant topics that help students explore America's past and present as we prepare them to lead in the future. Participants will come away with helpful tips and a framework to help them engage with others in their community (including faculty, parents, administrators, and boards) about adding social justice topics to core math classes. They will also be given access to a database of social justice applications, arranged by algebra topic. This will allow participants to hit the ground running when they return to their schools and start the work of creating a more meaningful and transformative math curriculum.

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Upstream: Songs for Building Equitable, Just, and Loving Community in Preschool-3rd Grade Classrooms
City Love - Dwight Dunston (Sterling Duns), Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education, Friends Central School; and Brian Caselli Jordan, Educator/Musician, The Philadelphia School
"Nip troubles in the bud; sow the great in the small. Big things of the world can only be tackled by attending to their small beginnings." - Lao Tzu. In order to build the world we need, we must head upstream and begin the work of equity and justice with our youngest learners. In this workshop we will share a participatory sequence of our songs and discuss using them to open up meaningful, developmentally appropriate dialogue and action in the classroom around racial justice, equity, identity, solidarity, self-love, and beloved community in the face of role models demonstrating the opposite. We will end by sharing our creative process and putting it to use in order to make a full group song! Come sing with us!

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