Plenary Sessions

Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout

Kelli Garcia, NWLC, and panelists

Girls across the country are being pushed out of school as a result of educational barriers including discriminatory discipline, harassment and sexual violence, and the failure to recognize and address trauma. Many girls face overlapping forms of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, pregnancy or parenting status, disability, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation. Traumatic experiences girls face in school not only affect their mental and physical health, but also their ability to concentrate, feel safe, and stay and do well in school. And if girls do not graduate, they pay a high price. Compared to boys, girls who do not graduate from high school are more likely to be unemployed, to earn low wages if they have jobs, and to depend on public support programs to take care of themselves and their families. Yet despite the obstacles they face, girls are resilient and optimistic about their future, and many see themselves as leaders. National Women’s Law Center recently produced a series of reports, Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout, that center the experiences of groups of girls, examining the educational barriers they face and offering recommendations to address them. Research and personal experiences will be shared by panelists, as well as what we all can do to help stop school pushout of girls.

Deep Within Us

Healthy Teen Network, in collaboration with The Stoop Storytelling Series, invites you to this not-to-be-missed plenary session about unconscious bias. Come hear the true, personal tales of people whose experiences and perspectives have been affected by unconscious bias. Then, engage with colleagues in an honest, and potentially raw, conversation that may change the way you approach your work. The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular Baltimore-based live event and podcast in which “ordinary” people tell the extraordinary true tales of their lives. Since 2006, The Stoop has presented shows all over Baltimore, selling out to crowds of 800 and more. The Stoop’s motto is “Everyone has a story. What’s yours?”

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