2024 Symposium Agenda

Opening Keynote – April 4, 9:15 a.m.

* Humanizing * Liberating * Hoping: Decolonizing Educational Systems with Purpose and Passion!

S. Kent Butler, NCC, NCSC
Professor, Counselor Education, University of Central Florida

S. Kent Butler uses his personal story to speak truth about the effects of privilege and oppression on his own mental wellness and resolve, while sharing best practices for removing culturally biased barriers. Described by his audiences as authentic and real, Butler developed * Humanizing * Liberating * Hoping during a moment of intense reflection of his life and an even deeper meditation related to the state of the world. His presentation will highlight how educator preparation professionals may successfully balance mental well-being and self-care with social justice advocacy. Butler delivers insights, wisdom, and encouragement on how to intentionally get into “good trouble” as anti-racist co-conspirators fighting with humility against inequalities on a global scale and working proactively to foster quality innovations and improvements within our educational systems.

Closing Session – April 5, 3:00 p.m.

The 2024 National Educational Technology Plan and Its Impact on Educator Preparation

Zachary Chase
Digital Equity Impact Fellow, U.S. Department of Education

The 2024 National Educational Technology Plan presents a bold vision of how the U.S. can better realize the potential of technology to improve learning and teaching by attending to divides in access, design, and use. In this presentation, Zac Chase from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology will provide an overview of the plan as well as outline its implications for educator preparation programs.

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