My students come from a very low income area in Northeast Las Vegas. They are dedicated and hard workers, but we need outside support as their families can't afford much. They also have hugely different learning styles that need to be addressed for a successful year. We're at a place in the world where the gap in equity is becoming bigger and bigger and I need creative ways to help lessen the impact.
I am hoping to help turn around their attitude toward learning with more effective lessons or coping techniques and new mindsets that really connect with all of their diverse backgrounds.
This conference, Equity-Centered Design Thinking and Innovative Mindsets, put on by MindSpark Learning, provides an awesome opportunity for me to learn more about "the process of equity-centered design thinking, and take... a deep dive into how empathy can lead to more impactful, equitable and innovative solutions to real-world problems." My students, and the world, are becoming more and more angry towards each other and mean for no real reason at all. I would love to attend this conference and build "a strong understanding of the tools needed to set aside biases and assumptions when creating impactful solutions and cultivating a space of creative process." It should also help build "meaningful notice and reflection techniques that drive problem-solving, risk-taking and emphasize embracing failure while using creativity to make unique connections." I would love to have this chance to develop better solutions for my students and, it's in my area so I don't need huge travel costs!
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