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Adopting Materials Through an Equity-Focused Lens: Establishing Adoption Priorities
What does your data tell you about the students that are being served by your district and those that are not? How can your data help determine the priorities for your adoption? Join this webinar to learn how you can apply your district’s data to establish local priorities and lift up the importance of high-quality standards to guide your investigation and selection of new materials. We’re proud to welcome Paula Dillon from the Rhode Island Department of Education and Francisco Villegas from the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to discuss the importance of knowing your students and community and how this knowledge can influence districts to select new materials that better serve students who had previously been marginalized.

Guests: Paula Dillon (Rhode Island Department of Education), Francisco Villegas (Partnership for Los Angeles Schools)

May 6, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Francisco Villegas
Vice President of School Transformation @Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
I became an educator to provide disenfranchised children with an excellent education that will empower them to make positive change in their lives and the lives of others. Prior to joining the Partnership I worked with the Colton School District, Bloomington High School, for twelve years as a master math teacher (teaching everything from pre-algebra to AP calculus BC), department chair, and Saturday school coordinator. My passion is working with young people, living in generational poverty, to support their development as confident individuals who see investing in themselves and their communities as a worthwhile and necessary effort. My work with teachers and school leaders is to support them in doing this work.
Paula Dillon
Assistant Superintendent @Barrington Public Schools
Dr. Paula Dillon currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Barrington Public Schools, Rhode Island, a suburban, high-performing district. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from Northeastern University, where she currently works with doctoral candidates on experiential learning and entrepreneurial leadership. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, student-centered pedagogy, assessment design, professional learning, and diverse learners’ strategies. Dr. Dillon also serves as the U.S. Cluster Lead for NPDL.Global, the Resilient Schools Project, and is a champion of Deep Learning. She believes in the power of professional networks to create and scale change.