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Live Event on February 24, 2021
On-Demand through April 25, 2021

Equitable Systems

Learn how to make your classroom, school, and district more equitable through making meaningful changes to your culture and decision-making processes.

Actionable Solutions

Gain evidence-based strategies for dismantling biases, closing opportunity gaps, and creating conditions where all students can thrive.

Certificate Course Program

An optional certificate course program, powered by ASCD's Educational Leadership® magazine, is available to accompany this virtual symposium. 

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Featured Speakers

The full lineup of speakers and sessions are available in the symposium program

  • Kimberly Bryant

    Technologist, Entrepreneur


    Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the face of technology by introducing girls of color, aged 7 to 17, to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Prior to starting Black Girls CODE, Bryant enjoyed a successful 20+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as an Engineering Manager in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 50 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011, Bryant has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local grassroots initiative serving only the Bay Area to an international organization with 14 chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has reached more than 7,000 students and continues to grow and thrive. Bryant is nationally recognized as a thought leader for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the technology industry and has received numerous awards for her work with Black Girls CODE, including being named a Champion of Change by the White House and receiving an Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institute.

  • Steve Pemberton, ASCD Presenter

    Business Leader, Equity Advocate


    Considered one of America's most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton's triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care. Born to a mother who was in the middle of a losing battle with alcoholism, it was said about Pemberton that he "doesn't have a chance in the world." His inherited circumstances, handed down from one generation to the next, was not Pemberton's fault, but he still looked at it as his responsibility. That determination to better his life was met by the kindness of everyday citizens who affirmed that fight. As told in the major motion picture and acclaimed, best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, adversity only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Pemberton went on to find success as a corporate executive, innovative diversity, and inclusion thought leader, visionary youth advocate, and acclaimed speaker devoted to inspiring and helping others. Pemberton's keynotes, like his life story, amplify his highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.


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Registration Policies and Information >

The conference cancellation processing fee does not apply to this event. Cancellation notices must be received in writing by 9:00 a.m. U.S. eastern standard time on February 23, 2021.

Basic Registration


Access to live symposium (if registered by 9:00am U.S. eastern standard time on February 23, 2021)
Access to archives through April 25, 2021

Registration & Certificate Program


Access to live symposium (if registered by 9:00am U.S. eastern standard time on February 23, 2021)
Access to archives through April 25, 2021
Certificate: Foundations of Fostering Equity in Schools

Register as a Team and Save!

Register four people and the fifth registration is FREE!

Every fifth person who registers from your school or district may attend this event at no cost. All team members must register at the same time and for the same event. All five registration forms must be mailed together along with the Team Registration Cover Sheet.

Team Registration Cover Sheet

Registration Form

Certificate Course Program

Symposium Schedule

All times listed for the live symposium are U.S. eastern standard time (EST). The symposium schedule is subject to change.

Please note the new start time of 1:20 p.m. EST.

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM

Opening General Session

02:10 PM - 02:50 PM

Breakout Sessions

03:00 PM - 03:40 PM

Breakout Sessions

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Closing General Session

Sponsorship Opportunities

Know Before You Go

We have put together these resources to help you prepare for the online meeting environment.

If you have any questions, please email us.