Fall 2019 Member Meeting - Call for Presentations
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The Intersection of Disability and Race.
Submit a Proposal!

The intersection of disability and race in schools dates back as far as the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. As both desegregation and IDEA were implemented in the 1970, special education, while providing civil right for those with disabilities, also served as a tool for racial segregation. In 1965, just one year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, there were allegations that schools in San Francisco used “special education classes as a cover for segregation” (Harry, 1995, p. 603). Dunn (1968) found that in the late 1960s classes with children seen as intellectually disabled served a disproportionate number of students of color. The issue continues through today. In 2016, Former Secretary of Education John King said that “we need to address racial and ethnic disparities in special education… ensuring the right services get to the right students in the right way."

While there is not one answer and no district has all of the answers, as leaders in special education, we can learn from each other ways to create practices, processes, and environments that are equitable (providing access to opportunity, fairness, and justice), diverse (celebrating our differences), and inclusive (valuing all). In Chicago, we will work together to share how we are addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion at the intersections of disability and race.
We encourage you to engage your colleagues by submitting a proposal to present on the equity, diversion, and inclusion work in your district. This call invites a variety of potential presenters (leaders, teaching and learning staff, professional learning communities, families & communities) to share what has worked as well as barriers you have encountered. For more information, and to submit your proposal, please use this call for presentations link.

This call for presentations invites a variety of potential presenters (leaders, teaching and learning staff, professional learning communities, families & communities) to focus on equity, diversion, and inclusion, with an emphasis on best practices and barriers encountered by school districts. In an effort to learn from each other’s successes and challenges, we encourage you to engage your colleagues in finding solutions.

When developing your proposals please keep in mind how the information you present might help your colleagues promote equity, diversity, and inclusion at their own districts, with a focus on the intersection of disability and race.
The questions below may help you to develop your presentation proposal. Use these to spark your thinking, but not to limit what you might want to present. Consider developing proposals for presentations that align with tenets of universal design for learning in that, where appropriate, there are multiple points of access for participants to engage, for you to present your information, and for participants to express their understanding.

  • What are district leaders doing well in relation to providing equitable opportunities, creating inclusive environments, and valuing diversity? What have been the most pressing challenges that your district faces and how are you addressing them? In what ways has your district used data on to grow equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices?
  • How does your district leadership collaborate across departments to share the work of developing equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices?
  • What work have you done with your own staff as they address student and district issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion?
Systems Change
  • How have you created districtwide systems where equity, diversity, and inclusion are supported? Is equity, diversity, and inclusion built into your academic and social emotional tiers of instruction?
  • Has your district found ways to address the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations in terms of classification, placements, or discipline?
  • Has your district done away with or greatly reduced the practice of restraint and seclusion? How can you help your colleagues move their own districts toward eliminating these practices?
Teaching and Learning
  • How does your district infuse equity, diversity, and inclusion into the school day? What lessons have you learn that might help your colleagues?
  • Have you provided training to staff on equity, diversity, and inclusion? What can you share with your colleagues as to what has worked?
  • Do you see improvements in academic achievement with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion? Has this focus created a sense of belonging for students with and without disabilities?
Family and Community Engagement
  • How has your district helped families to share in building equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices?
  • How have you included students and/or families in developing equitable, diverse, and inclusive practices?
  • Have you partnered with community organizations or law enforcement to support your work?
Complete the following pages to submit your proposal. The submission deadline is September 30, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Urban Collaborative team at urbancollaborative@asu.edu.