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Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power

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Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power
June 7th - 8th, 2022

The annual Partner Plan Act conference will take place virtually from June 7- 8, 2022. The theme of this year’s virtual conference is Equity from the Start: Taking Action, Shifting Power. Over the past few years, we have explored why we should center race in community systems development conversations and last year, we reimagined what the system could look like. This year, we hope to show how we can shift power in our sector to the on-the-ground providers, community members, and parents, especially those who have been historically left out of these conversations. 

To help us take action, sociologist Dr. Eve Ewing will join us for an opening fireside conversation. The conference will also feature several opportunities to hear from parents directly, through workshops, storytelling, and an all-parent panel. Dr. Dana Crawford, Pediatric and Clinical Psychologist, will provide the closing keynote session. 

For the first time, this conference will be fully translated into Spanish with the hope that we have a broader reach than ever before. And as always, this conference is FREE to attend and provides Gateways credits and ISBE CPDU’s. Help us spread the word by reaching out to Kristina Rogers (Kristina.rogers@actforchildren.org), so she can provide you with a marketing toolkit. 



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