Join us in Austin, TX for SXSW EDU 2022. We’ll be presenting multiple sessions during the conference and hope to see you there.

Session Title: Power to the Families: Doing School Differently

Presenters: Malika Ali (Highlander Institute), Tatiana Baena (Central Falls School District), Travis Pillow (CRPE), & Simona Simpson-Thomas (Freedom Dreams)

Session Date/Time: Monday, March 7, 2022 at 2PM CT

Session Title: Design-Reflect-Iterate: Practices that Empower

Presenters: Malika Ali, Chief Innovation Officer (Highlander Institute) & Karina Rodriguez, Director of Research and Analytics (Highlander Institute)

Session Date/Time: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 3PM CT

2022 Achieving Excellence Together Conference

We’re presenting! Register by February 18 for the Achieving Excellence Together Conference hosted by the Rhode Island Department of Education to see us in action in person during our sessions.

Session Title: Centering On Instructional Equity

Session Description: The educators who are most successful at disrupting inequity intentionally integrate social emotional learning with cognitive skills that support student achievement. Highlander Institute’s Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Pedagogy (CRSP) Framework is rooted in a strong sense of belonging, academic mindset, and a supportive academic classroom community that positions students for ongoing academic progress. Embedded in the framework are processes for building awareness of deficit-oriented structures and compliance-based systems that contribute to persistent achievement gaps. Further, an emphasis on both relevance and rigor develops critical thinking skills while grounding learning in topics that are important to students and mobilizing them to act in ways that benefit their families, their communities, and society. Join us for an overview of the CRSP framework. Participants will leave with a series of proactive strategies to center planning efforts at the classroom and school levels.

Presenters: Malika Ali, Chief Innovation Officer & Heidi Vazquez, Partner

Session Date/Time: Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8:45AM ET & 10:30AM ET