For all the teachers, educators, policy makers, and students wanting to share their voice, thoughts, and experiences to help disrupt and reform the U.S. Education System. Let’s talk!
These events are designed to help teachers stay connected on the issues that matter most to them, and to rebuild our educator community. From local speaking events to happy hours, this group is focused on bringing brilliant minds together to discuss the state of the education system, and more importantly, how we can change it.
About the host: Karishma Mehta is an Indian-American pre-K STEM teacher and writer in Arlington, VA who is passionate about education reform, STEM, minority issues and educational equity in the U.S. She graduated in 2013 from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology. She has worked with numerous DCPS, DCPCS, and non-profit education programs in the DMV area, before shifting into the field of Education Policy and Reform.
Group Policy: By joining Teacher Talks, you agree to conduct yourself in a professional, respectful, and safe manner at all Teacher Talks events. Teacher Talks also adheres to Meetup's "Standards for Meetup Groups" and reserves the right to remove any status-quo disruptor who violates these aforementioned terms and conditions.
This meetup is first of many that will focus on educational equity in America. What is inequity/equity? What are factors (including race) affecting equitable education for students?
Foundation questions we will try to answer to evaluate ourselves:
1. How do we recognize bias?
2. How did we get here in terms of access to education?
3. What do we do with this knowledge?
4. How does bias impact our interactions with students?
5. Is my bias impacting outcomes for the students I serve?
Some articles and resources:
"Americans look to their education system to power the American dream. Yet throughout its history, it has never fully achieved this goal. Today, American schools serve a larger and more diverse population than ever before, and they do so in the context of rapid technological change, a globally competitive job market and a divided society.
The Atlantic’s fifth annual Education Summit will convene educators, policymakers, parents and students to consider how American schools — from pre-K to college — can move closer to that elusive ideal: giving every child an equal chance to succeed."
RSVP here: http://educationsummit2019.theatlantic.com/