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UnboundEd Aims to Spread GLEAM™ Instruction with 19th Standards Institute Event in Washington D.C.

UnboundEd, a non-profit centered on eliminating disparities in student achievement by race, language, and socioeconomic status, will be hosting its Standards Institute from July 15-18 in Washington, D.C. Nearly 1,000 educators and school leaders, including 130+ attendees from the greater Washington D.C. area, will convene to learn how to cultivate grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful – GLEAM™ – instruction.

Standards Institute is not a traditional conference or workshop. Rather, it is an immersive 30-hour in-person course-like experience where teachers, coaches, principals, and district leaders from across the nation will work to develop strategies for ensuring culturally, historically, and linguistically affirming education in their schools. Attendees will leave with not only the mindsets, skills, tools, and actions to deliver GLEAM instruction but also a national community of equity champions committed to growth and change.

“Standards Institute makes me feel like there is hope,” said Joni Hellstrom, Division Director at Venture Academy and a previous Standards Institute attendee. “I know there are students we can be serving better; our whole school wants to improve outcomes for our students. But I didn’t know where to start or how to address all the needs. UnboundEd gave me the roadmap I needed to lead us forward.”

The agenda for the Standards Institute will feature learning sessions led by UnboundEd’s highly trained facilitators, breakout forums to create strategic relationships with like-minded educators, and transformational lectures from the following keynote speakers:

  • Lacey Robinson, President & CEO of UnboundEd, Author of Justice Seekers, Pursuing Equity in the Details of Teaching and Learning, Forbes 50 Over 50 for female leadership

  • Nicole Joseph, Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Peabody College (Vanderbilt University’s College of Education and Human Development)

  • Maurice Swinney, Chief Innovation Officer at Chicago Beyond

“We at UnboundEd know that when we focus on the students on the margins, all kids thrive,” said Lacey Robinson, President & CEO of UnboundEd. “Educators attending Standards Institute are united in their desire to see all their students achieve at high levels. It’s through this work that we break the predictability of historic achievement patterns and reach the students whose success for too long has seemed out of reach.”

The Washington D.C. event will be UnboundEd’s 19th Standards Institute since its inception in 2015. During a time when today’s K-12 instructors are facing historic challenges in student engagement and outcomes, UnboundEd’s Standards Institutes support the movement towards equitable instruction in K-12 classrooms.

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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