MPR Free Event -In Focus: Equity in Education

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 07Show | 7pm RSVP on Facebook

Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparities in education in the U.S. Gaps in graduation rates and test scores have long been used to measure these disparities, but there’s also been more focus in recent years on disparities in access to resources and opportunities that can significantly influence how well kids do in school. And then, there’s racism — biased teachers and staff, but also structures and systems within schools that are creating barriers for Black and Indigenous students and students of color. In an event on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., MPR News host Angela Davis will host a discussion with several community leaders who have been working on various approaches to address these disparities. We’ll talk about what’s getting in the way of progress on equity in education in Minnesota and discuss which solutions are showing promise.This event is free and will be available via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Among the voices you’ll hear from at the event:Racial equity coach and former Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis, Minneapolis Black Student Achievement Director Michael Walker and Anusha Nath, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

In Focus is a series of convenings MPR is committed to leading over the next year to bring awareness, dialogue and potential solutions to Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities — in education, health, economic opportunities and many other areas.

Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, MPR hopes to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion. If you have thoughts or questions on the event, check out our Ground Level project page for different ways to share your experience.

Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparities in education in the U.S. Gaps in graduation rates and test scores have long been used to measure these disparities, but there’s also been more focus in recent years on disparities in access to resources and opportunities that can significantly influence how well kids do in school. And then, there’s racism — biased teachers and staff, but also structures and systems within schools that are creating barriers for Black and Indigenous students and students of color. In an event on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., MPR News host Angela Davis will host a discussion with several community leaders who have been working on various approaches to address these disparities. We’ll talk about what’s getting in the way of progress on equity in education in Minnesota and discuss which solutions are showing promise.This event is free and will be available via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Among the voices you’ll hear from at the event:Racial equity coach and former Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis, Minneapolis Black Student Achievement Director Michael Walker and Anusha Nath, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

In Focus is a series of convenings MPR is committed to leading over the next year to bring awareness, dialogue and potential solutions to Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities — in education, health, economic opportunities and many other areas.

Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, MPR hopes to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion. If you have thoughts or questions on the event, check out our Ground Level project page for different ways to share your experience.

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