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Saturday, February 3 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Rethinking schools to create education equity

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Closing performance gaps between student groups consumes nearly every conversation about American education. Usually, discussion collects around the possibility of biased testing or teachers. But the work of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris suggests another angle. In her pioneering research with low-income children in the San Francisco area, Dr. Burke Harris found that adverse — but common — childhood experiences like parental divorce, substance abuse or neglect can change students’ neurology and directly affect learning. Should public education expand its mission, moving from a tight focus on academic-concept delivery to something more holistic? Dr. Burke Harris will tackle this question in a moderated discussion with Washington’s Superintendent for Public Instruction and a national expert on multicultural education.

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Claudia Rowe (Moderator)

Claudia Rowe is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Mother Jones, Women’s Day, the Huffington Post and The Stranger, among other magazines and newspapers. She currently covers education as a staff reporter at The Seattle Tim... Read More →
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James Banks

James A. Banks holds the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington. He was the Russell F. Stark University Professor at the University of Washington from 2001... Read More →
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Nadine Burke Harris

A pioneer in the field of medicine, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a leader in the movement totransform how we respond to early childhood adversity and the resulting toxic stress that dramaticallyimpacts our health and longevity. By exploring the science behind childhood adversity, she offers a newway to understand the adverse events that affect all of us throughout our lifetimes. As the founder/CEOof the Center for Youth Wellness, she has brought these scientific discoveries and her new approach toaudiences at the Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatrics, Google Zeitgeist and Dreamforce.Nadine’s TED Talk, “How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime,” has been viewed more than3 million... Read More →
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Chris Reykdal

Chris Reykdal is the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. His professional career has been devoted to public education. Chris has worked as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and education policy executive for our state... Read More →
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Lyon Terry

Lyon Terry, a National Board Certified Teacher, teaches 4th grade at Lawton Elementary in the Seattle Public Schools. He has taught elementary aged students for over 20 years in Seattle, Portland, and Brooklyn. He is a member of the Council of Distinguished Educators at the Aspen... Read More →