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Global Week 2018

Equity in Education

Everything we do in life, from tying your shoes to performing brain surgery, is learned.  

So education is as key to survival as food. Just as there should be equity and fairness in everybody having enough food to survive, there should be equity and fairness in education.

What will we think about both during the year and during Global Week?

Community Learning Opportunities and Conversations

Equity is a complicated topic because it includes questions of access and resource distribution that are driven by both social and cultural norms and economic factors.  These norms and factors look different around the globe, and there are many competing points of view about rights and best practices in the field of education.  Our theme is designed to help us understand what questions to ask when we are trying to understand what makes an educational experience equitable in a specific context.


Grade-Level Learning Opportunities and Conversations

Depending upon each classes’ grade-level theme and classroom projects and discussions, students will have different opportunities to learn more about both the terminology (i.e. access, resource distribution, social factors, cultural factors, economic factors) and the concepts we’ll be talking about during Global Week.


What will the keynote topics be during Global Week?

During the week our all-school activities will take the shape of listening to keynote speakers and panels and participating in dynamic group workshops on the following topics:

Is Education a Human Right?

Jonathan Jansen, author of  Leading for Change: Race, Intimacy and Leadership on Divided University Campuses, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa, and recipient of the inaugural Alumni Excellence in Education Award, Stanford University.

The Challenges and Power of EdTech:  Equity and Access to Skills and Competency Acquisition

Explore tools and hear stories from leading voices in the EdTech space.  These innovators are striving to re-imagine how technology can enhance learning without undermining our capacity to think critically, develop a depth of knowledge on a subject, and engage face-to-face with one another.


Equity in Education: The Global Learning Landscape**

Panel: Hear from activists and educators who are shaping the learning landscape in communities across the globe.  Special guests include activist and community leader Thulani Madondo, Executive Director of Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, 2012 CNN Hero, 2013 200 Young South Africans Making A Difference awardee

Equity in Education for Girls: “Righting History”**

Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States of America


C-Education: Student Voice and Choice to Hear from Local Educators and Equity Leaders

Equity in Education: Closing the Opportunity Gap in the United States** 

Prudence Carter, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at U.C. Berkeley and author of Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. & South African Schools (2012) and Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance (2013), co-edited with Dr. Kevin Welner

EVENING EVENT: Education Transforming Lives, Daily Challenges in a Broader Context

Joel Samoff, Jonathan Jansen, and Thulani Madondo


Equity in Education: Local Challenges and Local Solutions

Panel Discussion

Welcome Kliptown Youth Program

This year we welcome the executive leadership team and six students from Kliptown Youth Program in Soweto, South Africa to the Castilleja campus for Global Week.

Stay Tuned

Further details about the week including community-wide learning opportunities will be posted as they are finalized.

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