Mayor Ras Baraka and the City of Newark are hosting the 2022 Roadmap to Educational Equity Conference on Friday, Oct. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Campus Center, located at 150 Bleeker St.

Educational inequities that exist in New Jersey will be highlighted at the two-day conference, with an emphasis on Newark. Stakeholders will get to share lived experiences of inequities, identify priorities and develop recommendations. Concurrently, they will participate in a series of seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and keynote addresses offering data, strategies, and best practices. After the two-day conference, a host/planning committee will summarize data and solutions to produce policies and action agendas.

“Schools are a microcosm of broader societal issues. We have to remove these societal barriers that impede our students’ learning, and holistically change the system to enable them to achieve personal success,” Baraka said. “This conference is about getting all our stakeholders together and collectively finding solutions. We will turn discussion into urgency and urgency into action.”

The conference is geared toward educators, administrators, non-profit staff, government officials, students, parents, businesses, philanthropists, charitable organizations, unions, police agencies, and community members from across Newark and throughout New Jersey committed to education at all levels, from kindergarten, elementary schools, high schools, and on through to college. Go to newarknj.gov/mayorsevent for more information.

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