Kyrene Summer Equity Institute
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Kyrene Summer Equity Institute

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Personalized Learning Institute

Summer 2016 Equity Institute
Friday, June 17  |  8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
District Office – Board Room North and South
8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe, AZ 85284


Keynote: Mr. Paul Luna, CEO, Helios Education Foundation

In his address, Mr. Luna will share why educators should have courageous conversations about the racial achievement gap gripping our schools in Arizona and across the United States. He will offer educators compelling data that highlights the urgency of ensuring educational equity for all. Best practices for closing the achievement gap will be shared through the keynote address.

Kyrene Summer Equity Institute personalized-learning-institute-300x152Schedule:
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Keynote Address
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Two Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – One Session and Panel

Session 1: Interrupting the Cultural Dissonance In Classrooms: Understanding and Engaging Students of Color. Presenter: Alex Layshock and Melissa Taylor

Session 2: The Intersectionality of the Social Construction of Race and the Achievement Gap
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Mruczek

Session 3: I Don’t See Color! The Implication of Colorblindness and the Achievement Gap
Presenter: Rowdy Duncan

Panel Discussion: Moderator: Carrie Furedy, Principal, Kyrene School District
Understand my Story and Change the Narrative
● A Mexican American Story
● An Arab American Story
● An African American Story
● A LGBT Story

Session Descriptions

Learning Outcome. In this course participants will learn to:

» transform their classrooms into places that nurture the spirit and foster high-level

   engagement and achievement for students
» explore how a culturally sensitive environment leads to student achievement
» plan and teach from multiple perspectives in order to engage diverse learners

Biography on Keynote Speaker: Mr. Paul Luna
Paul is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization, cultivating strong community relationships and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida for the Foundation. Prior to joining Helios in 2006, Paul served as President of Valley of the Sun United Way. A native of Miami, Arizona, Paul graduated from Miami High School and as a first-generation college student, attended Stanford University, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to his role at Helios, Paul currently serves as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the National College Access Network Board of Directors, the America’s Promise Alliance Board of Directors, the Florida College Access Network Steering Committee, the Center for the Future of Arizona Board of Directors, and the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors.


Registration Information:
Kyrene employees can register via True North Logic (search for: Summer Equity Institute)
Non-Kyrene educators please call Teri Burdick at 480-541-1501
Fee for non-Kyrene educators is $50.00