One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: How History Informs Equitable Education for All Students

The DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration’s Evening Seminar, “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: How history informs equitable education for all students,” was a huge success! Held on February 23, 2016, the seminar focused on the critical role teachers, school counselors, and educational leaders can play in addressing the achievement gap in today’s schools. Led by DePaul University professors James Wolfinger, Barbara Rieckhoff, and Melissa Ockerman, and Facing History’s Associate Program Director Phredd MatthewsWall, the seminar gave approximately eighty-five participants that included DePaul students in our education, counseling and educational leadership programs, practicing educators and community stakeholders, the opportunity to learn about the current research relating to issues associated with discrimination and the achievement gap in education. During the seminar, participants had the opportunity to work in small groups analyzing contemporary case studies and exploring solutions that can be considered to remedy the barriers to academic success students are faced with in schooling today. Please click on Get Involved and Events to find out more about upcoming programming!

Participant Feedback on the 2016 Evening Seminar:

The most valuable experience was learning multiple perspectives of ways to create equitable education.” “I loved the background on eugenics and the documents to support this discussion.

It was valuable to identify solutions to eliminate or reduce the achievement gap, acknowledging that it does indeed exist.

It allowed me to think about specific ways to work with teachers and educational leaders to see that we are all on the same page in wanting our students to succeed.

The presentation helped me to think about the ways to structure conversations and incorporate multiple stakeholders.

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