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Equitable Employee Management

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Workplace conditions and managerial practices shape employees’ access to resources. Based on fieldwork done in five public high schools, case study results show how demographic composition of employees, manager practices around employee hiring and placement within the organization, and the extent to which managers informally socialize or monitor employees, affect coworker social support and social ties. Join a research-based discussion on the issues which public sector organization managers may at first see as secondary, but should consider as primary, in their strategy for creating effective and equitable organizations.

Host Illinois Extension welcomes James D. Anderson, dean of the College of Education, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of History of American Education, and affiliate professor of African American Studies and College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in delivery of opening remarks.

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About the Speakers:

James D. Anderson has held key leadership roles during his nearly 50-year tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including serving as the head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (EPOL). He was selected in 2016 as a UI Presidential Fellow and is known internationally as a groundbreaking scholar in the history of African-American education and school achievement in the U.S.

Dr. Anderson is a member of the National Academy of Education, a Center for Advanced Study Professor of EPOL, and is a Gutgsell Professor of History of American Education. The Gutgsell endowed professorship is bestowed upon the most distinguished senior faculty members on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

His seminal book, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935, won the American Educational Research Association outstanding book award in 1990. Dr. Anderson is senior editor of the History of Education Quarterly and has served as an expert witness in a series of federal desegregation and affirmative action cases, including Jenkins v. Missouri, Knight v. Alabama, Ayers V. Mississippi, Gratz v. Bollinger, and Grutter v. Bollinger.

Jennifer Nelson is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, and previously, an IES Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University. She currently studies organizations from a sociological perspective, with a focus on structures of social inequality (by race, class, gender) and the organizational practices that generate them. She uses ethnographic and other field research methods to understand how these structures and practices, in turn, shape worker behavior, attitudes, and social interactions.

To date, her research has examined teachers’ work processes and outcomes, especially interracial relations, coworker support, job satisfaction, and turnover. Her multi-site study on the role of principal practices in creating or hindering teachers’ social networks looks at teachers’ access to workplace resources. She additionally focuses on urban teachers’ job reward bundles as predictors of turnover, early childhood teachers’ identity strategies for safeguarding dignity at work, the role of organizational justice in predicting teacher trust, and determinants of state-level adoption of alternative teacher certification laws. At Vanderbilt, she collaborated on research looking at gender pay gaps among principals and principal attitudes about their evaluation systems. Now at University of Illinois, she is doing further research that tests causality from previous case findings.

DEI in Local Education Policy Webinar Series

Providing inclusive and equitable opportunities and environments in educational settings is an important step for school boards, education commissions, district administrative professionals, teachers, aides, consultants, and staff. Join host University of Illinois Extension as experts share experience and research concerned with policies supporting diversity in school workplaces, classroom equity, and principal practices that support equity in working conditions among teachers.

Leading with Equity

February 25, 2021 | Noon (CT)

What is the role of K-12 education in upholding the values of equity and diversity? How do we establish an equitable environment for all students that supports learning and justice? Let’s talk about it! Let’s explore strategies to address inequities in today’s environment and reimagine how learning communities could look and feel.

Presenter: Durriyyah R. KempUniversity of Illinois Extension community health educator, works closely with faculty within the School of Social Work and members of Extension’s Cook County Initiative to focus on the integration of social and emotional learning, equity, and overall academic success at the K-12 level.

Equitable Employee Management

March 17, 2021 | Noon (CT)

Workplace conditions and managerial practices shape employees’ access to resources. Based on fieldwork done in five public high schools, case study results show how demographic composition of employees, manager practices around employee hiring and placement within the organization, and the extent to which managers informally socialize or monitor employees, affect coworker social support and social ties. Join a research-based discussion on the issues which public sector organization managers may at first see as secondary, but should consider as primary, in their strategy for creating effective and equitable organizations.

Opening Remarks: James D. Anderson is dean of the College of Education, Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of History of American Education, and affiliate professor of African American Studies and College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Presenter: Jennifer Nelson is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, and previously, an IES Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University.

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