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All in for Equity Conference

Data to Inform Your Prevention & Intervention

Monterey County Office of Education
Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
Aug 26, 2023

Hosted by the Monterey County Office of Education, this energizing back-to-school event continues the legacy of fostering collaboration and action toward achieving educational equity and building inclusive learning communities to support all students. The day will amplify student voice, share community spotlight practices, and spark innovation and inspiration with dynamic featured speakers. Get ready to be inspired, challenged, and empowered!

Belonging and Academic Achievement

Dr.Michael De Sousa
10:30 am - 11:30 am PST | Aug 26, 2023 | Serra Ballroom

When our students enter our classrooms feeling like they can’t and then leave knowing they didn’t, it creates a vicious cycle where students feel like they don’t belong. Conversely, students feel greater belonging when they succeed academically.
Districts across the country are working to accelerate learning after the pandemic. We also recognize the challenges many students face with their social and emotional health. In this session, we will explore the reciprocal relationship between belonging and academic achievement. Leaders will leave the session ready to create more coherent and aligned plans that accelerate learning and students’ sense of belonging.

Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Through Restorative Practices

Omar Mercado
10:30 am - 11:30 am PST | Aug 26, 2023 | Serra Ballroom

The school-to-prison pipeline (STPP) is affecting schools throughout our country. The pandemic created a mental health crisis that has only exacerbated the STPP. Now more than ever educational and community agencies are leaning on Restorative Justice. Traditional punitive discipline models have not only fallen short but have perpetuated the STPP. Omar’s presentation will focus on how Restorative Justice can assist in breaking the STPP. Through a culturally rooted framework, Mr. Mercado will discuss examples and outcomes based on best practices. In addition, we will focus on justice and healing oriented practices with community agencies, parents, and schools.
Omar Mercado has over twenty-two years experience teaching Special Education and thirteen years experience as a Restorative Justice Practitioner, which has enabled him to witness the profound impact a culture of restorative justice brings to all stakeholders in our communities.

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