Newark, NJ—October 25, 2022— Mayor Ras J. Baraka reminded residents today that the City of Newark will host the 2022 Roadmap to Educational Equity Conference on Friday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Campus Center, located at 150 Bleeker Street.
At the two-day conference, educational inequities that exist in New Jersey will be highlighted, with an emphasis on Newark. On both days, stakeholders will get to share lived experiences of inequities, identify priorities and develop recommendations. Concurrently, they will participate in a series of seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and keynote addresses offering data, strategies, and best practices. After the two-day conference, a host/planning committee will summarize data and solutions to produce policies and action agendas.
“Schools are a microcosm of broader societal issues. We have to remove these societal barriers that impede our students’ learning, and holistically change the system to enable them to achieve personal success,” Mayor Baraka said. “This conference is about getting all our stakeholders together and collectively finding solutions. We will turn discussion into urgency and urgency into action.”
The conference is geared toward educators, administrators, non-profit staff, government officials, students, parents, businesses, philanthropists, charitable organizations, unions, police agencies, and community members from across Newark and throughout New Jersey committed to education at all levels, from kindergarten, elementary schools, high schools, and on through to college.
Mayor Baraka, Rutgers University-Newark Professor of African-American Studies Dr. Charles Payne, and Rutgers University-Newark Professor of Urban Education Dr. Edward Fergus are the keynote speakers, who will discuss the “The Changing Landscape of Urban Education” and offer a call to action for disrupting systematic inequities.
Two panel discussions will be held:
· Defending Systems v. Unpacking and Disrupting Systematic Inequities. District Leaders, Presidents of Newark Colleges, the community, and a youth focus group will participate. New Jersey Institute for Social Justice President and CEO Ryan Haygood will moderate.
· Improving School Climate to Create Safe Spaces for Black and Brown Students. Newark Tech Principal Baruti Kafele, Mayor Baraka, and Father Ed Leahy, Headmaster of St. Benedict’s Prep, will participate. Newark Office of Comprehensive Community Education Chief Education Officer Dr. Sharnee Brown will moderate the panel.
Workshops will include the following:
“This conference is transformative because it seeks to both share pertinent information about systematic inequities and also collect lived experiences and recommendations from the community. The collective genius in the city will be used to elevate the conversations around equity and to disrupt age-old inequities that have persisted since inception. All stakeholders have an opportunity to change the narrative by having the courage to reimagine spaces where all students will be heard, seen and have their learning priorities met,” said Dr. Brown.
The outcomes of the conference will act to document how systemic inequities have been created in Newark. It will work to disrupt these inequities to produce and publish papers to inform all Newark institutions of roles they can play in ameliorating these efforts, to empower stakeholders in holding systems accountable in these processes, and to provide training and development to implement said plans into action.
For up to date information about the 2022 Roadmap to Educational Equity Conference, visit https://www.newarknj.gov/mayorsevent.
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