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2020 EQUITY INSTITUTE

Count Us In:
Advancing Equity in Rural
Schools and Communities

Sep 23, 2020
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

About the
Equity Institute

The Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC believes that all children – regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, home language, or socioeconomic status – have the right to learn and achieve at the highest levels.

CEE created the Equity Institute series to bring school, district, and state education leaders together to engage with experts and colleagues on critical equity issues. Previous Equity Institutes addressed racial harassment and English Learners.

In 2020, we are headed to West Virginia to talk about the equity issues affecting rural education and communities.

Children in rural areas are affected by discrimination in a variety of ways. Poverty, race, family education levels, national origin, gender, and home language intersect within the rural educational setting and affect outcomes for the children who live there. Yet rural students are often overlooked by policymakers, philanthropists, and education decision makers.

Join CEE, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Philadelphia and West Virginia University, as we learn about rural education communities and draw inspiration from their resilience, resourcefulness, and commitment to finding solutions.

It is time we finally do what rural America has been asking for a long time. Count us in.

Registration opens end of April.


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  • Call for
    Presenters:

    What conversations should we be having to advance equity in rural schools and communities?

    Share your expertise as an educator, administrator, policymaker and/or parent working with these issues. Proposals may focus on research, practical experience or both. We are especially interested in innovative, effective, real-world approaches and solutions to the challenges related to serving rural families and working in rural schools and communities. Workshops must include interactive components and be consistent with the principles of effective adult learning in a conference setting.

    Proposals are due April 8, 2020. Notifications will be sent in mid-April to presenters who have been picked.


    What to Expect

    • Presenters will send a photo and session description shortly after notification of acceptance into the program.

    • PowerPoint or slide presentations are due no later than two weeks prior to the Institute. Presenters will upload session materials to make them available to participants both during and after the Institute.

    Up to three presenters may be included in a proposal. Accepted presenters do not pay registration costs for the 2020 Equity Institute.


    Questions? Questions about the Institute or the proposal process may be directed to Heather Tomlinson at heather@maec.org.



    I. Presenter Information

  • (Name as you would like it to appear on the conference program and name badge.)
  • Please share your qualifications to present on this topic, using your name and third-person pronouns (for example, he/she/they), rather than “I,” in no more than 350 characters. This bio may be shared with participants for accepted proposals.
  • (Name as you would like it to appear on the conference program and name badge.)
  • Please share your qualifications to present on this topic, using your name and third-person pronouns (for example, he/she/they), rather than “I,” in no more than 350 characters. This bio may be shared with participants for accepted proposals.
  • (Name as you would like it to appear on the conference program and name badge.)
  • Please share your qualifications to present on this topic, using your name and third-person pronouns (for example, he/she/they), rather than “I,” in no more than 350 characters. This bio may be shared with participants for accepted proposals.
  • II. Proposed Workshop Information

    Each workshop should pertain to the well-being and success of rural children/youth from birth to age 21, particularly as related to education. All workshops should consider ways to advance equity--to improve opportunities for children/youth, families, educators and communities--in rural areas, whether by addressing socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, national origin, home language or other barriers to opportunity. Although workshops may cover information on multiple aspects of rural issues, please select one primary strand that characterizes your proposal.

  • Please provide a title that captures the content of your workshop.
  • Please indicate what audiences would most benefit from your workshop (you may select up to three audience groups):
  • What are your learning objectives for this workshop? Please indicate THREE areas of growth in knowledge or skill participants will gain from attending your session.
  • Please describe the content of your workshop, explaining what information you will share with participants. This information is for review purposes only; selected presenters will be asked to submit a 70-word description of the workshop for the conference program. (1500 character limit.)
  • Please describe the format of your 90-minute workshop. Interactive components are required. You may use an agenda or describe your approach with text. (1500 character limit; for review purposes only.)
  • IT Support, Room Requests, Additional Needs

  • Please note, we do not provide laptops. We also request you bring whatever necessary accessories you need to connect to a projector.
  • Please indicate any support we could provide for physical, language, or other special needs you may have.

  • Thank you for sharing your proposal with CEE.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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Event Location

West Virginia University

West Virginia University
Erickson Alumni Center
Morgantown, WV

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  • Thank you for your interest in CEE's Equity Institute. To contact us, please fill out the form below.

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