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Elevating Student Experience to Build Equitable Learning Environments and Outcomes


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Research shows that certain academic experiences foster students’ motivation, engagement, and success, while other experiences hinder them. Ensuring that all students are afforded these powerful developmental experiences necessitates an evidence-based, student-centered approach. Participants will learn about free, evidence-based tools, measures, and recommendations educators can leverage to systematically build an equitable, student-centered culture that inspires and supports student success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about the experiences young people need to develop into engaged learners and citizens—and the role of those experiences in educational equity.
  • Learn about free resources that educators can use to systematically improve young people’s experiences in school.
  • Consider how they could leverage widely available, evidence-based tools and approaches to build equitable, student-centered learning environments.



  • Dave Paunesku, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Project for Education Research that Scales (PERTS), Stanford University | @davepaunesku
  • Dr. Erica Bauer, Director of Community Relations, Chicago Bulls (formerly Walter Payton College Prep) | @EricaBauer15
  • Alex Fralin, CEO/Founder, Leading Partnerships | @ARFralin
  • Nia Innis, Student, Walter Payton College Preparatory High School